Thinning ponytail, widening partition, scalp visible, losing more than 50 hair strands a day? There could be many reasons why you find hair falling. This could be a temporary change, or you could be experiencing it over years, whatever be the reason, the most important step is to visit a good dermatologist and diagnose the causes for hair loss. One of the most ailment that women face these days is the female pattern hair loss. Getting the right female pattern baldness treatment will control and prevent further hair loss. This article explains the various causes of female pattern hair loss and the numerous options one has to reverse female pattern baldness.
What is Female Pattern Baldness?
It is normal to lose 50-70 hair strands in a day, however as a person is suffering from female pattern baldness, the chances of hair regrowth are less. In such cases, only hair fall and no hair growth leads to balding. Unlike men, women mostly do not get bald spots instead, suffer from overall hair thinning all over the scalp. In the beginning, the hair’s growing phase slows down and It also takes longer for new hair to begin growing. After some time, the hair follicles shrink, which leads to thinner, finer hair and makes the hair brittle. Over the years, losing more hair, the women suffering from female pattern baldness experiences hair thinning all over the head. Women lose hair from all over their head, starting at their part line. Hair at the temples may also recede. Female pattern baldness pattern is divided into three stages:
- A small amount of hair thinning starts around the hair partition – Type I
- The widening increases in the partition area and the nearby region, the hair starts thinning – Type II
- This thining increases and spreads throughout with a see-through area at the top of the scalp – Type III
What can you do about the hair loss?
Identify the cause of the female pattern baldness. Here are the various reasons why women may lose hair such as:
- Genetics – Heredity and genes play a huge role in hair loss. If a person has heredity of bald spots in family, then the chances increases.
- Diet – Unhealthy and poor diet, lack of nutrients can cause hair fall.
- Calcium or Iron Deficiency – Ca, and Iron deficiency can cause hair to fall. Hair needs nourishment and correct nutrition.
- Medical Conditions – Chronic disease like cancer can lead to balding.
- Side effects of medications – Certain medicines and drugs cause adverse reactions on the body through allergy and sometimes hair loss.
- Hormonal Imbalance – PCOD, thyroid or any hormonal changes or imbalance can cause hair to fall.
Hair loss caused by hormonal changes, like pregnancy or menopause, or stress may not require any treatment. Instead, the hair loss will likely stop on its own after the body adjusts.
Nutrient deficiencies like calcium, iron and protein can usually be solved with diet change. You can also take in supplements after consulting your doctor.
Medical conditions like thyroid, PCOD, hormonal imbalance needs to be treated directly by the specialist. Visit a gynaecologist in case you face irregularities in periods, have symptoms of PCOD. PCOD hair loss needs guidance from gynaecologists.
The first step is to identify the cause of female pattern hair loss. Next is to see in which stage of female pattern baldness does your hair loss lie. Based on the hair loss conditions there are a number of hair loss treatments practised all over the world.
Female Pattern Baldness Treatment
For women suffering from female pattern hair loss, most of the dermatologists offer more than 1 hair loss treatment to give the best results. In this condition, hair loss has been over years, hence the treatment must continue for years to give the best result.
This is a topical solution in the form either 2% or 5%. This is one of the most recommended external solutions to hair loss. For the first 2-8 weeks, the hair loss might increase. However, the hair fall stops when hair growth begins. Some of the common side effects of minoxidil is an irritated scalp, dryness, scaling, itching, and redness on your scalp. It is advisable to stop using minoxidil in case you face any of these and meet your dermatologist.
Hair grows slowly, so it takes time to see results while you are using minoxidil. Regular usage of minoxidil for a year continuously daily will provide result. When you stop using minoxidil, the hairs that grew because of minoxidil will fall out within 3-4 months, and your hair loss can continue.
Most of the dermatologists suggest supplements to boost your hair growth while you taking minoxidil. Supplements could be multivitamins, biotin or folic acid, omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids, and antioxidants. Based on the nutrient deficiency, your dermatologists will suggest your supplements.
Hair loss shampoos:
A dermatologist might suggest certain shampoos, that tend to do one of the following.
- Help your hair hold moisture, which makes hair look fuller and thicker.
- Lessen breakage, which can reduce thinning.
However, hair loss shampoos cannot regrow hair or prevent hair loss from worsening. This along with minoxidil, medication and treatments adds the chances of less hair breakage.
Dermaroller is a handheld roller-device covered in microneedles. The needles range from 0.25 mm to 1.5m. These needles are rolled over the bald region. This helps in stimulating hair growth, and this can be used with minoxidil for better results.
Platelet-Rich Plasma for Hair Treatment:
The PRP hair treatment uses your own blood. Injecting plasma in the scalp helps boosting the hair follicles thus controls hair loss and improves hair growth. Plasma is a component of the blood that contains special proteins which support cell growth. In the process, blood is drawn and put in the centrifugal machine and this separates the blood into its different components. The rich plasma is extracted and injected on the scalp. The platelets help stimulate your cells to grow hair.
When the hair loss condition is at the initial stage, your dermatologist may suggest changes in your diet, offer supplements and minoxidil. If the hair loss condition is bad, then your dermatologist may suggest derma roller, along with minoxidil and supplements. Some dermatologists might suggest PRP if the female pattern baldness is in 2nd or 3rd stage. Minoxidil, derma roller and supplements should be continued with PRP hair treatment.
Visit a nearby dermatologist, look for the reasons for hair loss. Get a set of tests done and identify the root cause for female pattern baldness. Most of the dermatologists might suggest the treatments we have mentioned, in the worst case, they might suggest hair transplant treatment also. So be prepared, take a few consults before making a decision. The sooner the female pattern baldness treatment starts, the effective the results would be.
Nubello Aesthetics is in the hair industry from past 8 years and offers the best female pattern baldness treatment in Navi Mumbai.