As difficult as losing ones hair can be for a male the affect of hair loss in women can be much more devastating. The pressure on women, both culturally and socially to look a certain way makes the affects of female hair loss a situation that is very difficult for a woman to come to terms with.
A woman’s response to losing her hair can run the gamut from generalised anxiety to full blown depression. Female hair loss creates within the woman a dramatic loss in self image and feelings of confidence. Hair loss in a woman goes against one of the primary requirements that are expected of a beautiful woman, that she have a full head of healthy, flowing hair.
The incidence of female hair loss is much higher than most people think. Most women at one time or another in their life will experience hair loss. For many women the hair loss is marked by dramatic thinning of the hair. In other cases female hair loss can be a side affect of changes in hormonal function and levels that occur at various stages of their life. Two examples are post partum hair loss and post menopausal hair loss. It is estimated that hair loss in women after menopause runs at approximately 50%
There can be a number of causes of female hair loss. As we have discussed hormonal levels can be a causative factor. However the biggest contributing factor to hair loss in women is genetic factors. At present there are hair loss treatments that can help with genetic female hair loss. These need to be checked with your doctor of course as there are new developments constantly occurring in the treatment of genetic hair loss in women.
Irrespective of the specific cause of female hair loss, there are a number treatment options that can help.
As simple as it sounds a woman’s hair loss can be helped with a visit to a hair stylist. Various ways of cutting and styling can make a big difference to the appearance of thinning hair. One of the more interesting styling tips is the use of colour. For example thinning black hair can be disguised by simply applying black colouring to the hair and scalp giving the illusion of increased hair thickness and growth.
A hair perm can also give body and thickness to thinning limp hair, as can any one of the many different hair sprays, shampoos and conditioners, gels and mousses that are available today. Every case of female hair loss is different and so consulting a professional hair stylist can help you decide on what hair loss treatment would be most appropriate and give you the best result.
Hair extensions are another very useful way to disguise hair loss in a woman. The visual affect of these extensions is in marked contrast to the “everyone can see it’s a toupee” that many men are unfortunately forced to wear.
It is very easy to create more length or volume with an attractive hair extension that defies detection
Another way of adding hair is with a hair weave. A hair weave is where human hair, or in some cases synthetic “fake” hair are semi permanently attached directly to the scalp. Getting a hair weave involves the “hair” being attached to the scalp with gluing or heat bonding. An alternative depending on the state of the natural hair already present is to knit the hair weave into the normal hair on the head. A hair weave can stay in place for 2-3 months usually, before another weave is needed.
Wigs are an ever popular standard for women suffering with hair loss. For female hair loss associated with cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, where the hair loss is often great, a wig is often the only option available. Whatever the specific cause of the hair loss or thinning, a personalised wig creates a virtually undetectable head of hair and is a popular option for many women.
At present the only permanent solution to female hair loss is a hair transplant. A hair transplant increases volume and hair thickness that is permanent. Micro clusters of hair known as follicular units are grafted onto the scalp, giving a natural and permanent solution to a woman’s hair loss and thinning.
Hair loss in women is an unfortunate occurrence that is becoming more common. But there are hair loss treatment options available. Determining the specific cause of female hair loss is important as there are many options besides the purely cosmetic discussed here. Nutritional aspects as well as mental and emotional factors may also need to be considered for a permanent female hair loss solution.