Female Pattern Baldness Hair Loss Diagnosis & Treatments at Simone Thomas Hair Loss Clinics in Bournemouth & Poole
Female pattern baldness affects up to half of all women and is a surprisingly common problem! Here at Simone Thomas hair loss clinics in Westbourne and Sandbanks we see hundreds of men, women and children every year experiencing hair loss, including pattern baldness.
If you’ve noticed your hair is looking thinner, our expert team of trichologists can diagnose the causes of your hair loss and offer a range of treatment options.
Book a consultation today by calling 01202 760003 (Bournemouth Clinic) or 01202 748899 (Sandbanks Clinic). Alternatively, complete the form at the bottom of the page and we’ll get in touch.
Female Pattern Baldness Diagnosis and Treatments
What Is Male and Female Pattern Baldness?
If the condition runs in your family and you’ve noticed your hair looks thinner than it did a few years ago, you may be in the early stages of female pattern baldness. The reality is that we have already lost a large percentage of our hair before we start to notice that we have a problem. Female Pattern Baldness can start as early as puberty or later on in adulthood, around the age 40.
During female-pattern baldness, hair usually only thins on top of the head. This is because of the hair follicles shrinking and being unable to grow new hair, triggered by hormonal changes and possibly genetic predisposition. Female pattern baldness (is also called androgenic or androgenetic alopecia.
What Are Female Pattern Baldness Symptoms?
Male pattern baldness typically starts with a thinning hairline that recedes like a tide, progressing to an M-shape and then a U-shape. But with female pattern baldness, the hairline is rarely affected. Instead, you may first notice that your parting looks wider than before, which is caused by the hair thinning at the top of the scalp. In some cases, thinning hair can also strike near the temples. It’s rare that the hair loss ever advances to total female baldness, unlike in men.
The diagram below illustrates the differences in the progress of male and female pattern baldness.
Genetics Dictate Your Hair Growth
Each hair on your head has stem cells that contain specific instructions for the extent of hair growth. That’s why the hair on top of your head grows longer than, say, your eyebrows — they simply have different growth instructions. These stem cells also have a genetically determined number of times that they can make a new hair, growing a certain amount of hairs per month. Then the hair stops growing, falls out, and is typically replaced with a new one. With female pattern baldness, the new hairs that grow in become shorter, miniaturized hairs over time — making hair look thinner overall.
Thinning Hair Has Less Lustre
Thinning hair also becomes dry and less shiny. The outer part of the hair follicle gets thinner and doesn’t keep as much moisture, so the hair dries out. It becomes more brittle and more susceptible to damage from the sun, so it’s easier to break. You also lose the hair follicle’s outer cuticle over time, which leaves hair looking dull.
Menopause Accelerates Hair Loss
During menopause, the delicate balance of male and female hormones is thrown off. Oestrogens drop and the adrenal gland pumps out more male hormones. The male hormone androgen, particularly one called dihydrotestosterone, shortens the hair growth cycle, leads to the growth of shorter and thinner hair, and delays the formation of new hair to replace the ones that fall out.
What You Eat (Or Don’t Eat) Can Speed Hair Loss
Low hormone levels, iron deficiency, poor nutrition, UV damage, and harsh chemicals — from straightening or bleaching your hair — can all accelerate hair loss, making thinning more noticeable.
If you are experiencing hair loss, please book a hair loss consultation at Simone Thomas hair loss clinics in Sandbanks and Bournemouth. We offer many non surgical hair loss treatments from clip in hair volumisers, to custom designed hair pieces, from real hair wigs and toupees to synthetic wigs. We stock Nioxin products and can offer scalp microdermabrasion. We will also look at your scalp through our nioscope to see what activity there is with your hair follicles.
Book a Female Pattern Baldness Hair Loss Consultation at Simone Thomas Trichology Clinics in Dorset
Our highly qualified and experienced teams can help with the diagnosis and treatment of your hair loss. Call Simone Thomas Trichology Clinics on 01202 760003 (Bournemouth Clinic) or 01202 748899 (Sandbanks Clinic). Alternatively you can book online or request a consultation by completing the form below.