Hair loss is a common source of anxiety and can lead to self consciousness. Most people think hair loss is predominantly an issue in males, but in reality, 40% of women over the age of 40 have noticeable hair loss. Compared to males, women tend to lose hair in a more diffuse fashion and it can affect the entire scalp.
So what causes hair loss in women? The cause is frequently multifactorial. But there are some factors that are more common than others.
7 Most Common Causes of Hair Loss In Women
The reasons for hair loss can vary greatly. Below are the most common causes we see for thinning hair or complete loss of hair in women:
- Medication side effects
- Certain hairstyles that lead to traction alopecia
- Pregnancy-related hair loss
- Stress induced hair loss
- Cancer treatment (e.g. chemotherapy and radiation therapy)
Hair growth is cyclical. In fact, it’s normal to shed 100 hairs per day and it typically takes 3 months for those hairs to start growing again. But if the time it takes for your hair to grow increases, then you may start to notice visible thinning.
In addition to the causes listed above, there are some factors that may cause sudden hair loss in females. The most common of these is sudden hair loss that some women experience after giving birth, which is frequently a stressful time in one’s life. This type of sudden hair loss in females is related to fluctuations in hormones that cause a large number of hair follicles to shed all at once. Normally, this hair will grow back. Fortunately, PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy, supplements and light helmets are able to speed up the process.
Hair Loss In Young Women
While nearly all women will experience hair thinning as they age, hair loss in young women is sometimes caused by alopecia areata. This is an autoimmune related phenomenon where patches of hair rapidly fall out. It can be a one-time event or recurring in different areas. Treatment includes steroids, PRP therapy and observation. Full recovery is expected for most women.
There is also traction alopecia in which tight hairstyling pulls on the hair roots causing severe damage over time in some females. In these instances, young women should try to avoid using harsh chemicals in the hair that can potentially damage the roots further. PRP and light therapy can help heal the damage done.
Why Is Hair Restoration the Best Treatment for Female Hair Loss
The good news is that most women don’t need hair transplantation to treat hair loss. There are a number of great restoration options to help improve the quantity of hair remaining. These include:
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)
By harvesting the healing properties packed within your own platelets, we can help stimulate the follicles to encourage them to grow thicker and stronger hair. This can also wake up any hair follicles that haven’t been growing to improve the density of your hair as well. This involves drawing your own blood and processing it to concentrate the platelets–these are then injected into the scalp.
Folliceutical md supplements
These supplements have an all natural female-specific formulation that incorporates keratin, vitamins, probiotics and antioxidants that have all been shown to improve hair health.
Theradome light cap
Laser light caps come in a wide array of options. Theradome is unique in that it uses a specific wavelength that targets the hair root. This stimulates the hair root and improves the blood flow to the area. It’s the only cap with a cooling fan to allow for longer treatments. It only requires two treatments per week for 20 minutes in the privacy of your own home to see results.
Most female patients see a significant benefit with nonsurgical hair loss treatments. If necessary, hair transplant techniques can be utilized to increase density. This involves harvesting individual hairs from the posterior scalp and transplanting them where they’re needed–a procedure that’s well tolerated in-office under local anesthesia.
If you’re beginning to notice signs of hair loss, it’s best to start treatment sooner than later to preserve and improve your natural hair density. To learn more, schedule a consultation and begin your Quintessa story below!