August marks Hair Loss Awareness Month in the US. The initiative aims to educate women on the prevalence of female hair loss, debunk some of the common myths and misconceptions surrounding the issue and encourage sufferers to share experiences and seek treatment.
Few people realise 40% of all hair loss patients are women – a statistic that flies in the face of the commonly held belief that men are the only victims of hair loss.
In an interview with Beauty World News, Dr Yael Halaas said: “Most women begin to lose their hair in their twenties or thirties and don't even notice that they're thinning until they've lost 50% or more of it.”
Rather than a condition that affects only some women in old age, hair loss appears to be more common than was ever imagined. A significant chunk of women will be going bald to some extent by middle age, largely due to changes in the body caused by the menopause and common signs of ageing such as drying skin and wrinkles which impact on the hair follicles.
But it is the fact that women are largely scared to talk about hair loss which makes it difficult for women to come to terms with the problem. Many believe that they must have a rare condition or are suffering from an abnormality rather than understanding that their peers are most likely experiencing similar changes.
In the words of John Van Houten, of B'IOTA Botanicals Laboratories, "The problem withthinning hairis not always what's visible. It's how it rocks a woman's self-esteem.For women, who put so much emotional value on their hair, it can be absolutely devastating for their self-image and emotional well-being."
Women who struggle to come to terms with their hair loss and are afraid to discuss it are also less likely to consult medical professionals for reassurrance, advice or to discuss hair loss treatments.
1) In a recent study, 24% of women considered losing their hair as traumatic as losing a limb
2) A stress response known as Telogen Effuvium can cause a woman to lose up to 70% of her hair. The stress is often triggered by eating disorders, childbirth or anaemia, among other factors.
3) Some of the most common stress-related reasons for female hair loss are: childbirth, flu, crash-diets, divorce and anti-depressants.
4) Hair loss is thought to be 90% genetically determined.
5) Though hair loss from stress is often temporary, in 25% of cases, the hair will not grow back naturally.
6) Themenopause is a major cause of female hair loss, with as many as 40% of middle aged women reportedly losing their hair?
7) Senescent alopecia, a type of hair loss that occurs naturally through ageing, affects most women after they hit fifty. It can be treated in some cases.
8) In the case of senescent alopecia, unlike female pattern baldness, hair, eyebrows and eyelashes are significantly thinned. The amount of time the hair grows and the width of the hair follicle decreases substantially.
If you are concerned about hair loss, you should hesitate to seek out the help and advice of a qualified medical professional. Your doctor or pharmacist can often help diagnose issues of temporary hair loss as well as identify gradual thinning caused by ageing.
At Express Pharmacy we offer a variety of treatments for men and women experiencing hair loss. For more information and advice, follow this link: https://www.expresspharmacy.co.uk/treatments/hair-loss/propecia