Hair Loss In Women
Types of Female Hair Loss
Hair loss for females can be a very depressing, yet a common problem for many women. Although hair loss itself is not lethal, it is important to isolate the problem and remedy the solution. Female hair loss/baldness is commonly diagnosed in the following conditions:
Telogen Effluvium is characterized by massive shedding of hair. This form of hair loss is not isolated to any particular area of the scalp; rather, it results in diffuse shedding that usually begins a few months after massive shock or stress to the body. This condition commonly occurs as a result of chemicals, radiation treatments and/or Chemotherapy. The most noticeable aspect of Telogen Effluvium is that it does not always begin during the stress period, but after. However, this condition is reversible. Please note: to prevent skin sensitivities, please wait a minimum of eight weeks before using any Bio Follicle® treatments.
Some of the key causes of Telogen Effluvium are a direct result of crash dieting, which can trigger nutritional deficiencies, hormonal changes (e.g. post-partum, menopause and post pregnancy), underlying illnesses that are viral or bacterial in nature, diabetes, thyroid diseases, chemotherapy and other pharmaceutical medications can all have a damaging effect on the scalp and hair loss.
Androgenetic Alopecia is a progressive form of hair loss that is an extremely common disorder affecting women. This condition is sometimes regarded as the “female form” of the male pattern baldness. This form of female baldness causes diffuse thinning at the top of the head while the crown and hairline remain in intact. A variety of factors associated with Androgenetic Alopecia are hormonally related (e.g. ovarian cysts, ingestion of high androgen index birth control pills, increased testosterone, menopause and pregnancy).
Alopecia Areata is a patchy form of female baldness caused by an auto-immune disorder. In this case, the immune system remains overactive and it begins to attack the follicles for unknown reasons. This condition usually manifests itself in small- sized bald spots that grow to be larger quarter sized sections of missing hair if left untreated.
Traction alopecia is a common cause of hair loss due to excessive pulling exerted on the scalp and hair as a result of various types of hairstyling (e.g. corn rows, weaves, braids, buns, ponytails, etc.). This excessive tension leads to breakage in the outermost hairs. This condition is seen in children and adults, but it most commonly affects African American women. When this type of stress is exerted on the scalp for extensive periods of time, left untreated will result in permanent hair loss.