Female Hair Loss

While female hair loss, or alopecia, is less common than for men, for the individual affected this is little comfort. Losing hair can be particularly traumatic and it is generally harder for a woman to accept problems in this area, than it is for men. Fortunately, there is female hair loss treatment available. At the London Centre of Trichology we offer a free initial consultation to diagnose the cause of thinning hair, and we provide a range of safe and effective treatments for alopecia.

Female hair is traditionally associated as being a symbol of beauty and femininity. It also plays a large part in a woman's identity, whether worn as long flowing tresses, intricate decorative plaiting or a sophisticated short bob. Even a fringe that flops over one eye, or an obscuring curtain of hair has its uses - as a valuable shield to sometimes hide behind.

So when a woman experiences her hair coming out by the handful, she feels embarrassed and exposed. It's no wonder that a high percentage of sufferers have reported depression, breakdown of both relationships and careers, and even contemplated suicide due to the psychological distress caused by their condition.

Sadly, hair loss in women is on the increase. During the past fifteen years trichologists have reported a large rise in the number of cases, especially for those between the ages of 25 to 40. It's estimated that six out of 10 women will experience loss of hair to some degree during their lifetime. 

Contact our clinic now to book your appointment. Our range of women's hair loss treatments are all 100% drug free and cause no unwanted side effects.

Causes of Women's Hair Loss
A large percentage of conditions causing this problem are the result of inherited genetic influences, an over production of the male hormone testosterone, hormonal changes during and following childbirth, use of the contraceptive pill, anaemia and the menopause. These different reasons for losing hair are discussed separately together with treatments available below.

Since there are so many potential causes of hair shedding, it's vital to get an accurate diagnosis from a specialist. 

How does female hair grow?
Women's hair tends to grow longer than men's because of a much slower hair growth cycle. Higher levels of the female hormone oestrogen mean each hair grows for a longer period of time – and in length – before it's replaced.

Between the teens and early twenties, is when female hair is at its most prolific. Hormone levels peak, speeding up the growth cycle and resulting in a higher percentage of resting or catagen hairs. Apart from during pregnancy, hair never grows as quickly as it did during this decade.

Since female hair growth is so strongly related to hormonal levels, it is easy to see that anything that disrupts a woman's hormones, whether physical or emotional, may also result in hair being lost as a side effect.