Hairloss in Women
Hairloss is not just a man’s problem. Over the past twenty years, more and more women – most of them young – have started to experience severe hairloss and suffer from hair and scalp problems. Falling hair is devastating enough for any woman, and when the problem is ignored and left untreated, can lead to more loss and irreversible damage.
Studies have shown that women normally experience hairloss in their 50s or 60s, but it can happen at any age and for different reasons: genetics, childbirth, stress, poor diet, menopause, and hormonal imbalances, to name a few.
If hairloss runs in the family, the men aren’t the only ones who should be worried about losing their hair, it can happen to women, too. Genetic hairloss, also known as androgenetic alopecia, is the most common cause of hairloss that affects both men and women. It is passed on from either your mother’s or father’s side of the family, and can even skip generations. If both sides have it, you are more likely to experience hairloss at one point in your life. Usually, women with hereditary hairloss develop thinning at the hairline or the frontal area. It slowly develops and may start in your 20s. In some cases, the hairloss may be scattered across the scalp area.
When a woman is pregnant, her female hormones are at their peak. Due to this, the majority of women do not shed hair during their pregnancy and their hair is usually at its healthiest. After childbirth, all the hair that should have shed during the 9-month period start to fall at an alarming rate a few months later due to hormonal fluctuations, often causing a great deal of anxiety for the new mother.
Hair is not life-supporting in any way and for this reason, whenever the body faces any trauma or stress, it is often reflected by the hair. At times of stress, the body steals the oxygen and nutrients from the hair follicle to sustain the health of the life-supporting vessels of the body, such as the heart, liver, lungs, etc. This often results in hair fall or dryness in the scalp. Also, stress stimulates the adrenal glands in females. This gland is where the female produces her testosterone, the male hormone responsible for hairloss.
Many young women fall victims to the “dieters disease”, anorexia or bullimia. Their enforced starvation depletes the body of essential nutrients and results in a cessation of their periods and very heavy hair fall. When a person loses weight very quickly, the body will compensate and trigger the hair follicle into a premature telogen (resting) phase, often resulting in a severe hair fall 3 months after the weight loss.
All women at some point of their life will suffer some form of hairloss, particularly during menopause and perimenopause, due to declining estrogen levels. When estrogen levels fall, it leads to an imbalance between estrogen and testosterone, which causes gradual hair thinning. This problem can often be controlled or rectified with the correct treatment.
All females produce a limited supply of testosterone from their adrenal glands, the higher levels of the female hormone (estrogen), the lesser their risk of experiencing hairloss. Unfortunately, some women inherit genetic traits creating mild hormonal imbalances, often noticed by irregular menstrual cycle, oilier skin, pimples, increased facial hair and a general thinning of their scalp hair. When these symptoms are diagnosed early enough, the correct treatment can help remedy this situation.
The Svenson Solution
First step: Professional hair and scalp analysis
- What’s the problem?
- Why did it happen?
- What will be done to prevent or correct it?
Our basic approach is to first diagnose your hairloss problem through an intensive hair and scalp analysis administered by our trichologist. Through an initial consultation, we will be able to properly assess the state of your hair and scalp and identify the underlying cause of your hairloss problem.
Second step: Recommendation of program
Anti-hairloss shampoos and topical scalp medications will not guarantee permanent results. The best way to address and arrest a hairloss problem is through correct diagnosis and treatment. Many types of hairloss respond very well to treatments, particularly with females. Once we find out the cause of your hairloss, we will personalize and design a program specifically for your needs.
Third step: Commit to the program
Because we want you to get optimal results from our treatment programs, it is important that you commit to your program and attend your treatment sessions regularly. By doing so, you will be able to maximize the efficiency of your treatments as well as see noticeable improvements in your hair and scalp. Svenson will not only help stop your hairloss progression, but will help you regain the health of your hair and scalp, and maintain a thicker, fuller head of hair.