Medical Hair Loss
Hair Loss in Women - Causes and Solutions
Do you suffer from thinning hair or the side effects of chemotherapy?
Women can experience hair loss for many different reasons. Although hair loss may seem like a more prominent problem in men, women are nearly as likely to lose, or have thinning, hair. For most women, they tend to notice it in their 50s or 60s, but it can happen at any age and for a variety of reasons.
It is not uncommon but it can be upsetting! This is a very dramatic place for those who’ve experienced hair loss first hand. It can be extremely difficult to handle the emotional toll this experience can take on someone. Hair is a very important part of one’s identity and sense of wellbeing.
For most, if the hair loss is gradual this would be attributed to a hereditary condition that affects around one in four women. If the loss occurs quickly, the loss can be attributed by something other than heredity, like a medical condition or medications.
A variety of medical conditions can cause hair loss, including:
Thyroid Problems - The thyroid gland helps regulate hormone levels in your body. If the gland isn’t working properly, hair loss may result.
Alopecia Areata - This disease occurs when the body’s immune system attacks hair follicles — causing smooth, roundish patches of hair loss.
Scalp Infections - Infections, can invade the hair and skin of your scalp, leading to hair loss. Once infections are treated, hair generally grows back.
Other Skin Disorders - Diseases that can cause scarring, such as lichen planus and some types of lupus, can result in permanent hair loss where the scars occur.
Hair-Pulling Disorder - This condition causes people to have an irresistible urge to pull out their hair, whether it’s from the scalp, their eyebrows or other areas of the body. Hair pulling from the scalp often leaves patchy bald spots on the head.
Physical Trauma - (Including Surgery or Intense Illness); Extreme Stress, Dramatic Weight Loss over a Short Period of Time; and Poor Nutrition.
Self Inflicted - Hairstyles like Cornrows or too Tight Braids can cause hair loss called Traction Alopecia. All of the things women do to manipulate their hair — dyes, chemical treatments, bad brushes, blow dryers, and flat irons — can result in damage and breakage. This includes brushing too much and towel drying aggressively when the hair is wet.
For those suffering partial thinning, we have integration systems that we use. They can either be applied as a clip in hair piece or we can attach it semi permanently using our micro weave system. An integration piece is created on a base that looks like a scalp, and it looks very natural.
For women suffering total hair loss due alopecia or medications we have medical wigs, in monofilament bases and we can also get the hand tied wigs that are well ventilated. They also have a scalp looking base a they look like its your own hair.
If you are a New Zealander or a permanent New Zealand resident you can be eligible for the Ministry of health hair subsidy. Please call to see if you are eligible. We offer free consultations in the salon or in the comfort of your own home.
If you are considering using an integration system hair system to help manage your
hair loss then you may be able to get Ministry of health funding towards payment
of the system. Ask us about eligibility. We provide free consultations.