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Hair Loss In Women

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 20:50

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

A gradual thinning of the hair frequently occurs in women as they grow older. But it differs from the hair loss experienced in men, because complete hair loss in women is hardly ever seen.

Hormones play a role in hair loss in women:

  • Thinning of scalp hair occurs in as many as one in eight women before menopause (the end of menstrual periods in women), and in more than one in three women after it.
  • Scalp hair normally thickens and becomes more lustrous during pregnancy, but childbirth triggers the switching of active hair roots to the resting phase. Hair loss therefore occurs about three months later.

The range of possible remedies for the treatment of thinning hair in women is similar to those available for men. In women, however, hair loss most often involves widespread thinning rather than the development of bald patches, so that careful styling, along with the use of hair preparations to "thicken" the remaining hair, may be all that is needed.

Need To Know:

Despite manufacturers' claims, protein and collagen contained in hair sprays and shampoos cannot be incorporated into the hair shaft to enhance hair strength - although by leaving a coating on the hair, they may temporarily make hairs seem thicker.


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