Female Hair Loss: I Am 61 And I Have Had Great Results After Just 9 Months Of Treatments.


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17.01.2008 in FEMALE HAIR LOSS

While male pattern baldness may be the first thing that springs to mind when discussing hair loss, it’s worth remembering that there are many different factors that can contribute to hair loss – and several of them apply to females too.                                    

We experience hair loss constantly – and while that tangle of strands in your plug hole may seem frightening, it’s worth remembering that you can expect to lose from 50-100 strands in the course of a normal day. It sounds like a lot, but is actually only a small fraction of your hair. The normal cycle of hair replacement is around two to six years, but there a number of instances where you may see additional loss.


After major surgery, a traumatic experience or a stressful period some people experience ‘shedding': a disturbance of the hair cycle often taking place three to four months after the incident, where hair is lost in a concentrated period. You’ll be happy to know that in these cases hair loss is temporary.

Pregnancy also has an impact on the female hair-growth cycle; you reap the rewards during pregnancy, but post-birth your hormone levels drop and it may feel as though you are losing a lot of hair. Don’t worry though; it is merely the same amount of hair you would have lost normally.

There are some hair loss causes that are firmly within our control – things like hair extensions or restrictive hair curlers can cause traction alopecia, where the hair is disengaged from the root. So avoid putting unnecessary stress on your hair! It’s also crucial that you do a strand test every time you colour your hair to avoid hair breakage and loss. Some medicines can also cause temporary female hair loss, so have a chat with your doctor if you think you have been affected by your medicine.

The best way to look after your hair is to look after yourself. Vitamin C and B-2 are particularly good treatments for hair loss – but a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables will do wonders for weak hair.

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The Different Stages Of Female Hair Loss.

15.01.2008 in FEMALE HAIR LOSS

In today’s increasingly stressful world, the number of women suffering from hair loss is increasing. We all want to look our best and damage to a woman’s ‘crowning glory’ can be a uniquely upsetting affliction.

Hair loss in woman can generally be seen evenly across the scalp, without definite bald patches. If this is happening to you, the following conditions may be affecting you.

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How To Handle Thinning Hair.

14.01.2008 in FEMALE HAIR LOSS

Stress, dieting and genetic factors can all contribute to thinning hair. It can be treated, but should first be given the chop.



Sarah Vine�a dentist once told me I had the teeth of an 80-year-old. As I was 32 at the time, this came as a shock. So bad were my gnashers that he asked if he might use them to illustrate a lecture about the poor standards of foreign (in my case Italian) dentistry.

My teeth have since had some of their vigour restored, but the decrepitude has cropped up elsewhere. My hair started falling out shortly before Christmas, picked up pace over the festive season and is showing no signs of let-up. At this rate, I’ll be as bald as an egg by Easter.

I thought long and hard about writing about it, because, well, it’s not something you want to draw attention to. Also, I’m supposed to be a beauty editor, and beauty editors generally possess beautiful, thick locks destined to be caressed by famous hairdressers. Mine would be more suited to a wig-maker.

The truth is, however, that over 30 per cent of women suffer from hair loss, and as I have experienced the whole ghastly process first-hand, and also have some knowledge of the options available, I thought it best to share. Besides, it saves me having to explain why I’m currently working a slightly eccentric Twenties headscarf look.

I have suffered hair loss on and off since my early teens (it was no coincidence that I met my husband on a skiing trip, when my hair was mostly hidden under a woolly hat). I am an especially tough case: hereditary predisposition, triggered by eating problems in my youth (girls: don’t diet) and stress, later exacerbated by an underactive thyroid. For many women, however, the situation is more straightforward and relatively easy to tackle – provided you catch it early on.

A trichologist should be your first port of call. The Institute of Trichologists lists reputable practitioners, including veteran hair expert Philip Kingsley, whose realistic, sensitive advice and treatments have kept my problem under control for years. Hair loss comes in many forms, and success depends on correctly identifying the problem, so before you spend a single penny on supplements or lotions, get a proper diagnosis.

Then get a haircut. Psychologically, this can be a tough one, but trust me: long, thin hair looks much worse than short, thin hair. Not all hairdressers can work with thin hair, but one who can is Hari. He knows how to maximise volume and, crucially, balance a cut so the thin bits look thicker. As for the scarf option, I can recommend it. It has been strangely liberating just to bundle up the lot in a nice bit of fabric. One friend even suggested it might become my ‘signature’ look. Perhaps; it definitely beats a furrowed brow.

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