[Posted on December 6th, 2013 by Dr. Carlos Puig]
Although commonly thought of as a challenge faced only by middle-aged males, many women face hair loss, prompting the need to seek out professional female hair replacement services. While male pattern baldness is often hereditary, only about 20 percent of hair loss in women is attributed to genetics. Here, we will discuss some of the common reasons for hair loss in women, debunk some of the myths surrounding this problem and, most importantly, we will tell you how to have your glorious locks restored if you or a woman you love is facing hair loss.
Reasons for Hair Loss in Women
According to the American Hair Loss Council, hair loss in women is most commonly attributed to a condition known as androgenetic alopecia, or female pattern baldness. When a woman has androgenetic alopecia, the hair thins at the top and on the sides of her head. Women normally lose about 100-125 hairs on an average day, but in the absence of a challenge, these hairs grow back. When the hairs are either not regrown or are lost at a much faster rate, hair loss occurs and will become increasingly more visible over time.
There are two main types of non-genetic hair loss in women. First, there’s anagen effluvium, or hair loss resulting from strong chemicals (like those used in chemotherapy) which directly affect the hair follicles. The second type is referred to, medically, as telogen effluvium. This type occurs as a woman faces physical or emotional stressors, such as illness, rapid weight changes, deep-seated grief, surgery or other factors. High doses of medication (like those used to treat blood pressure or gout) and hormonal fluctuations (i.e., PMS or menopause) can also trigger this type of hair loss. Fortunately, with telogen effluvium, female hair replacement may not be necessary because reversing these triggers usually reverses the hair loss challenge.
Myths Surrounding Female Hair Loss
As with many of life’s challenges, myths begin to circulate about the cause of female pattern baldness and ways to cope. Below, we’ve separated fact from fiction.
- Frequent Shampooing Causes Hair Loss. This is a myth; as stated earlier in this article, hair typically sheds 100-125 strands per day. You may be more conscientious about the shedding hair if you wash your hair daily, but this factor by itself does not contribute to hair loss.
- Blame It On Your Mother. It is a myth that women receive the genetics for their hair from their mothers. Approximately 200 genes are directly related to the hair and its growth. While your mother is part of the equation, don’t blame her genetics entirely if you’re seeking female hair replacement.
- Wearing Hats Causes Baldness. Hats have absolutely no connection to hair loss.
- It’s Possible To Regrow Hair By Standing On Your Head. Increased circulation is generally considered healthy; however, it is unlikely that anyone can remain inverted long enough to affect the hair follicles. Blood flow, however, is not considered a contributing factor in hair loss.
Restoring Your Luscious Locks
While reversing some lifestyle factors can quickly stop hair loss, when your hair’s normal pattern of shedding and re-growing has ceased, you will need female hair replacement services to restore your crown to its original beauty. You should always seek a reputable and experienced doctor to perform your hair restoration surgery. Dr. Carlos Puig of the Puig Hair Restoration Center in Houston is among the top hair restoration surgeons in the world, with 41 years experience helping women with hair restoration, including performing eyebrow transplant and eyelash replacement services.
For a no-obligation consultation or to ask questions regarding female hair replacement, contact the professionals at Puig Hair Restoration Center online or by calling them at 866-365-6159.