A Woman’s Worst Nightmare: Androgenic Alopecia

The hair is an essential part of woman’s attractiveness and unlike men, not many women would consider the bald look classy, unless they are African beauties who are specifically models. A woman will know that they are experiencing a hair loss problem when they comb their hair and the bristles are full of strands; when they shower and the bathroom is full of hair strands which are more than normal; when the scalp stubbornly shows no matter how much they try to camouflage it with different hairstyles. When this occurs the woman knows they got a problem. Female hair loss can affect women as young as late teens and early twenties and if nothing is done as treatment the problem might grow to advanced levels.

Unlike male pattern baldness, loss of hair in females is not commonly associated with hereditary factors and might not necessarily be due to androgenic alopecia. There are causes of alopecia for women which have nothing to do with this genetic factor and have everything to do with being a woman. The female hair loss may be permanent or temporary and it is difficult for the woman to tell if it is going to be permanent or temporary without an experienced hair specialist’s help. However temporary hair loss has been associated with occurrences in a woman’s life such as pregnancy or illness. It is important to note that women have different hair loss patterns from men and most women have non- pattern hair loss types.

Androgenic Alopecia

This is a sensitivity of the hair follicles to the androgens which are the male hormones causing them to reduce hair reproduction. However, Androgenic Alopecia in women does not result to baldness of the nature that occur in men, it is a bit different since it lacks that cue ball look that is common in male hair loss. Female androgenic alopecia patterns vary in the way they occur. Thinning of hair may occur over the whole scalp with increased thinning mostly at the back side of the head; or the entire scalp experiences thinning with pronounced thinning at the scalp front without affecting the hairline area. In some cases the frontal hairline is also affected.

Scarring Alopecia

This is loss of hair due to scarring of the scalp. The top of the scalp is the mostly affected area and it occurs when the woman braids her hair tightly or in corn rows causing irritation to the hair follicles. Post menopausal women have also been known to experience scarring alopecia due to inflammation of the hair follicles due to their menopausal condition.

Underlying conditions

When a woman is suffering from immune instability which causes a serious condition, one of the symptoms of the conditions might result to hair loss. Conditions such as Lupus, Tellogen Effluvium, cancer, fungal infections and many others involve hair loss. Some of these conditions may be treated and the woman may regain their hair hence the hair loss being only temporary. The woman might consider some treatment options if the hair loss is just natural and they are advised to seek a professionally qualified hair specialist for treatment.

Surgery Treatment Options

Hair Transplant: – A woman might want to consider the surgical techniques to regain their hair. During the hair transplant, hair follicles from other parts in the body are taken and planted at the thinning sections of the scalp, but this idea might not be effective if the woman loses hair all over the scalp.

Scalp Reduction: – This occurs when devices are implanted into the skin causing a stretch on the scalp areas that are still laden with hair and removal of the bald areas is also done to be replaced with hair growing follicles.

Good diet

Taking diets rich in zinc and iron can help in maintaining healthy hair follicles and enable healthy hair production. As the woman opts for any treatment option, taking the appropriate diet for the sake of the hair follicles is only practical.

Hair Products There are also effective products that can cause hair regeneration and thickness, it is important for the woman to be wary because most of these products don’t really work and only very few do. Avoiding products that promise quick results is wise. A good hair product takes time to work, approximately a year and over, the ones that promise weeks results lie, because hair follicles take time before they recover so they can produce new hair.

Women experiencing alopecia should have the condition accurately diagnosed by a certified hair professional so that the correct treatment option is advised. Self diagnosis and resorting to over the counter products is discouraged to avoid bad irreversible effects.