Female Hair Loss

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a female Hair Loss Specialist?
Female hair loss specialists help women who are suffering from hair loss to identify the exact cause of the problem and how to take care of it. A hair loss specialist diagnoses a range of different hair loss problems including hair breakage, thinning of the hair, premature hair loss, alopecia and many more. To treat these hair loss problems a specialist will use non medical treatments.

What problems do female Hair Loss Specialists deal with?
Hair falling out in patches, scaling, thinning hair, excessive oiliness and excessive hair loss are just some of the problems female hair loss specialists deal with. They also deal with many other hair related issues like hair which is prone to breakage and itchy or irritated scalps.

When does an individual need to go & see a Hair Loss Specialist?
When someone is suffering from slow hair growth, hair thinning, a dry or oily scalp, brittle hair, premature bald spots, scaling on the scalp, an irritated or itchy scalp, or their scalp is becoming more visible over time, it is time to book a visit to see a hair loss specialist. When you visit a hair loss specialist they will inspect your hair and scalp to ascertain the probable cause of the problem. Once the cause has been found, they will recommend a treatment which is best suited to your particular hair loss problem to be able to eradicate it as soon as possible.

Can a person’s lifestyle play a role in hair loss?
Hair loss is triggered by many different factors and one of these is an individual’s lifestyle. Sleep problems, stress, both psychologically and socially, physical activity, hormones and diet can all cause hair loss. Hair styling techniques and products can also be a cause of hair loss.

How can diet cause hair loss?
An unhealthy diet can cause hair loss which is because the body needs essential nutrients so it can function properly. Diets lacking in iron and protein will affect hair growth because these are the nutrients required by the follicles to grow hair. Excessive consumption of alcohol and smoking a lot can also be a trigger for hair loss.

Can washing your hair a lot cause hair loss?
Washing your hair on a regular basis will not cause hair loss. When washing your hair be aware that particular shampoos and other hair products can contain chemicals which make the hair dry out, which results in the hair becoming brittle and more prone to breakage, causing hair loss.

Is female hair loss the same as male hair loss?
A number of different factors cause female hair loss; these include physical stress, emotional stress, thyroid deficiencies, pregnancy and a host of medications and medical conditions. On the other hand however, male hair loss is typically the result of genetics, Androgenetic alopecia. 99% of hair loss in males is caused by Androgenetic alopecia.

Are all causes of hair loss the same?
Everyone’s experience of hair loss is different. Hair loss can be either temporary or permanent. Hair loss can be a result of hair shedding from certain areas of the head, or all over. For the majority of females experiencing hair loss, permanent hair loss is the most concerning, as temporary hair loss can be dealt with and repaired over time.

What is Alopecia Areata?
Alopecia areata causes patches of hair to fall out in several different places and in most instances causes’ baldness. Alopecia areata makes the body attack its anagen follicles which stops the growth of hair. Fortunately women can recover from Alopecia areata without requiring any type of treatment. Alopecia areata is one of the most common causes of hair loss.

Is female hair loss inevitable?
At some point during their lives the majority of females will experience hair loss. By the age of fifty, more than 50% of females will have suffered some sort of hair loss.

Can hair loss drastically affect a person’s life?
Hair loss, particularly female hair loss, can have a dramatic affect on the sufferer’s life. People who experience hair loss can suffer from social isolation, loss of self worth, lack of emotional support and depression and anxiety.

Can a person’s genetics be a cause of hair loss?
In females 45% of hair loss cases are triggered by genetic factors, whilst 99% male hair loss is caused by genetics.

What is the cause of hair loss in older people?
When people age, their hair becomes thinner, and the proteins that are absorbed from food is absorbed at a much lower rate. Because hair is mainly made up of amino acids and proteins, hair growth is affected.

What is the cause of excessive or sudden hair loss?
Hormone imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, certain medical conditions, weight loss, medications and thyroid disorders can cause sudden or excessive loss of hair. Apart from these physical conditions, psychological factors such as anxiety, fatigue and stress can trigger sudden or excessive hair loss.

Is female hair loss permanent?
Scarring alopecia/Cicatrical alopecia in most cases causes damage to the hair follicles which is permanent. However, hair loss which is triggered by hormone imbalances and stress can be a result of lifestyle changes or changes in medications.

Can female hair loss be caused by stress?
Stress can be a cause of female hair loss. Our bodies aren’t designed to cope with prolonged periods of stress; the body requires a certain amount of time to be able to recover from stress which can trigger certain problems such as hair loss. When the body is stressed it releases cortisol which triggers hormone changes which have an impact on hair follicles.

Does using hair conditioner and shampoo everyday help to prevent female hair loss?
Using conditioner and shampoo on a daily basis won’t cause hair loss or protect against hair loss. Certain shampoos and hair conditioners give your hair a protective coating which makes the hair appear healthy and thicker, however, it does not fix any problems relating to hair loss. Those whose hair is brittle or dry are recommended to use hair products with extreme care.

Is there a product available out there which can help prevent hair loss?
Because female hair loss is caused by many different factors, there is no one product which can cure all hair loss problems. For different causes of hair loss different methods of treatment are required. Typically combinations of treatment methods are used to address the problem of hair loss.

How is the right kind of hair loss treatment determined?
While one hair loss treatment might work for one person, it won’t necessarily work on another. It is also the same for hair loss products which can be bought over the counter. Because everyone reacts differently to different treatments, visiting a hair loss specialist is always the best option.

Will someone require different types of hair loss treatment?
To find out the appropriate treatment for hair loss it is crucial to get a correct diagnosis. Before treatment methods can be suggested causes need to be identified. Because every individual’s hair loss is unique the methods of treatments vary dramatically. These can consist of changes to lifestyle, surgery, wigs or hairpieces and medications.

When you are considering the different treatment methods ask your hair loss specialist:

  • Which treatment will work best for my type of hair loss?
  • How long does this treatment usually take?
  • How long does it last for?
  • Are there any risks and side effects I should be aware of?

Are there any complications involved in hair loss treatments?
Before you begin any kind of hair loss treatment you should tell your specialist about any allergies or illnesses you have.

Can you keep the original hair density with hair Loss treatment?
This all depends on the type, extent and cause of your hair loss; you should go over this with your hair loss specialist.

How long does it take before I will see results which are visible?
This all depends on the individual and kind of treatment carried out but usually within 4-6 months you will start to notice visible results.

Is there anything at all you can do to Help Prevent Female Hair Loss?
To help prevent female hair loss there are many things you can do:

  • Manage stress to keep it to a minimum
  • Go for routine health checks
  • Maintain a healthy and well balanced diet
  • Stop any bad hair practices
  • Ask family members about any history of hair loss in the family
  • Maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle
  • Exercise on a regular basis
  • Stay away from hair colouring products which contain ammonia and peroxide
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