Hair loss in women is not as uncommon as probably thought, as many as 5% of women under 30 years of age and 60% of those older than 70 years. The reasons can be numerous as to why women´s hair loss can occur; genetic, chemical, illness, and traction to name a few.
Traction and chemical damage can be self-induced and if treated correctly and in good time the hair can recover with little to no signs that there was a problem; if left for longer period’s treatment becomes harder.
Androgenic alopecia, or female pattern baldness can have a genetic link, inherent from either the maternal or paternal side but manifests itself in a different form to male pattern hair baldness. It is common the hair line placement stays intact but behind the hair line the hair miniaturises with a diffused thinning over the top of the scalp. The first signs of hair loss can be subtle with a slight widening of the hair parting. Creative styling can hide the initial signs of thinning by changing the hair style to lay over the thinning area, thus camouflaging the area by adding fullness.
Prior to undergoing any treatment programme it is advisable to try and isolate the cause of the hair loss as not all hair loss can be treated with hair loss medications. Minoxidil 2% is a common FDA approved hair retention topical treatment for female pattern hair loss. To be used twice daily and consistently because if stopped the positive effects will stop.
A hair transplant can be a viable alternative for hair restoration, assuming the donor hair quality is not miniaturised, but the general hair density can sometimes be low so the number of grafts available is reduced. Designing hair restoration with a hair transplant can take a different form to hair restoration in men, with graft placement being strategic to rebuild specific areas and taking into consideration hair styling.
It is vital to research the options available before entering into any treatment programme, especially surgical. A blood test can be a good starting point to try and isolate the cause of hair loss.