Female Hair Loss: The Emotional Impact
Women’s Hair Loss Causes. You get up in the morning and look at your pillow. More hair has fallen out during the night. You brush your hair and end up pulling more hair out of your brush. In an effort to hide your scalp, you try different hair styles; you spend more and more time trying to tease it; you try volumizing shampoos. Hair loss women experience can be frightening and when nothing works works to stop it depression can set in, but there are real solutions. The most common women’s hair loss causes include?
Hormonal Hair Loss
Female hair loss is often the result of hormonal changes. Pregnancy and birth control pills often cause localized or diffused hair loss. The thinning may be delayed by three months following the hormonal change and another three months will be required for new hair to be re-grown.
Alopecia areata is a common cause of hair loss affecting about 4 million Americans. It usually starts with one or more small round bald patches on the scalp and can progress to total scalp and body hair loss.
Chemotherapy consists of the administration of drugs that destroy rapidly reproducing cancer cells. Unfortunately, while chemotherapy drugs preferentially destroy cancer cells, the drugs also can destroy those cells responsible for normal growth of hair and nails.
Hair loss from thyroid disease is usually reversible with proper treatment, however the hair loss typically does not stop immediately when the blood work becomes normal. For most people it takes several months for their hair to start growing in and for others it can take longer.
Lupus causes the immune system to become overactive and create antibodies that attack healthy tissues, including hair follicles.
Trichotillomania (Compulsive Hair Pulling)
Lots of people have nervous habits, but people who pull out their hair compulsively can suffer overwhelming emotional and even physical impact. Psychiatrists estimate that four million Americans have what is called trichotillomania (trick-o-till-o-main-ee-a).
Treatment Options and Solutions
When it comes to women’s hair loss causes, the question soon comes to “What can I do about it?” Up to 60 percent of women experience hair loss at some point. The causes are multiple — genetics, hormones (too much thyroid, not enough thyroid, low estrogen, high androgen), or trauma (an allergic reaction, high fever, stress). The most common, and chronic, cause is a genetic condition called androgenetic alopecia.
- Medical therapy: There are several proven topical hair loss control products available, including minoxidil (FDA approved for use by women) that have proven beneficial in controlling hair loss, especially when combined with low level laser light therapy.
- Medical Wigs: Luxury human hair wigs for women with alopecia areata, trichotillomania, and chemotherapy.
- Laser Hair Rejuvenation: A non-surgical treatment utilizing therapeutic low level lasers to deliver light energy designed to treat thin, fine, damaged hair.
- Non-Surgical Hair Replacement: Women’s hair replacement systems have the ability to simulate a true natural appearance and feel while offering the client a significant increase in overall density.