Female pattern baldness is less common than male baldness and presents differently. While male pattern baldness often begins as a receding hairline or spots of hair loss, female pattern baldness is usually characterized as an overall thinning and loss of thickness. The scalp may become more visible, or hair partings more obvious.
There are several causes of hair loss or balding in women, some similar and some entirely different to the causes in men.
The female pattern baldness gene is a hereditary one. It doesn’t usually present itself until later in a woman’s life and if often associated with menopause and post-menopause. The reason that it presents itself at this time is due to the higher levels of testosterone and reduced oestrogen.
As women’s hormones change in later life, the hormone androgen can increase. This hormone is often associated with hair loss and can be linked to conditions such as PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). There is also a small chance that a spike in androgen could be caused by an androgen-secreting tumour. It is always best to visit your physician if you start experiencing unusual amounts of hair loss.
Autoimmune conditions & illness
Hair loss may be the symptom of an underlying illness. Alopecia areata is a rare disorder that causes the immune system to attack the hair follicle – causing the hair to fall out. Sever infections, high temperatures and surgery can also promote hair loss.
As with men, stress can take a huge toll on women’s health. On top of poor sleep patterns, and skin and digestive issues, stress can affect hair health too. This may begin as a dry scalp, dandruff or irritable patches, and progress to thinner hair, hair loss and eventual balding.
Due to a female’s monthly cycle, iron deficiency is much more common in women than men. Iron is essential in producing hair cell protein, therefore a lack of it can result in less hair being produced. Luckily, this type of hair loss is easily remedied and can be externally treated to speed up the process.
What can be done to treat female pattern baldness?
The same treatments that are used for male hair loss, are available to women. However, one of the most popular choices for women suffering from hair loss, is laser therapy. LLLT, or low level laser therapy, helps to restore natural hair and increase blood supply to the scalp. This stops hair loss in 85% of patients and alleviates scalp irritation and dryness often associated with over the counter products.
Laser is a popular choice for women because it is non-invasive and allows her to keep her hair color and style – undamaged by the laser process. This revolutionary technology in built inside a comfortable and discreet cap which can be worn at home. This holistic choice is cost effective, easy to store and simple to use.
If you are female who is concerned about female pattern baldness, don’t panic. Please get in touch with our friendly, professional and knowledgeable team who’ll be able to advise you on the best course of treatment. We’ll get your luscious locks back in no time.