Women commonly present with one or more of the following symptoms:
- Widespread loss of hair volume
- Excessive hair fall
- Loss of coverage in the front
- Loss of coverage in the coronal area
- Fading front line (front rise)
- Fading of the timeline (posts)
- Generalized brightness loss (even with dyes)
Recent surveys indicate that at least 21 million women in United States suffer from the problem of baldness but it is believed that the figure is much higher because, unlike in men, female pattern baldness, androgenetic alopecia, is a generalized thinning and falling of the hair, so the condition is not as evident as in men.
Androgenetic alopecia in women is usually observed for the first time between thirty and forty years of age and is likely to start at times of hormonal changes. Although still studying baldness in women, experts relate the condition to a type of hormone similar to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which can occur during adolescence or, more commonly, at the end of menopause, periods in which hormone levels undergo major changes.
For hormones to operate as intended, they must be in balance. In women, this delicate balance can be upset by a rise in male hormones or a decline in female hormones. When either of these situations occur, the chance of testosterone converting to DHT is greater than normal. In both sexes, the DHT surrounds individual hair follicles and interferes with the uptake of the nutrients and oxygen that are vital for growth, resulting in the weakening of the follicles and the actual thinning of individual hair strands until the hair finally disappears.
With the progressive miniaturization of scalp hair and reduced production of pigment, the affected area may appear bald long before the hair is completely lost. Also affected is the hair cycle: there is a reduction in the number of hairs in the anagen (growth) phase and a relative increase in the number of follicles in telogen (resting) phase.
Both hormones and hair growth are of a cyclical nature, so general hair loss and varying rates of growth over time are natural and expected. If you’re concerned that your hair loss or thinning is not normal, keep a record of what you’re experiencing to make accurate comparisons over time.
Problems related to hair loss used to be a secret between women and their stylists but no longer need to be. Fortunately, today there are viable solutions and treatments for women to investigate to improve their health and look better. We are pleased to say that every day we are helping more women suffering from hair loss and thinning who have obtained excellent results with Laser Therapy.
By Alejandro Lara