Female Hair Loss – Diagnosis and Treatments For From Simone Thomas Trichology Clinic in Dorset
At Simone Thomas hair loss clinic in Bournemouth we understand that losing your hair can be particularly difficult for women, as we too have experienced this. But there are ways to cope and we’re here to help. The first step is to identify the cause of your hair loss. In this article we look at the different types of hair loss you may experience.
Types of hair loss
• Telogen effluvium – General shedding and thinning of the hair. It usually occurs a few months after a shock to the system, such as extreme stress, fever, childbirth, sudden weight loss, an operation or as a reaction to medication. The hair loss is usually temporary.
• Female-pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) – Hair gradually thins, often from the top of the head. It usually gets more noticeable after the menopause and tends to run in families.
• Alopecia areata – Affects mostly teenagers and young adults. Hair loss is patchy and linked to a problem with the immune system. The hair follicles are not permanently damaged, and in many cases hair grows back in a few months.
• Alopecia totalis – Complete loss of hair on the head. Regrowth is unlikely.
• Alopecia universalis Total loss of head and body hair.
Losing your hair, as a woman, especially if you’re young or at a vulnerable time in your life, can be a catastrophic experience. Simone Thomas can help navigate you through this tough and somewhat overwhelming experience. Call us today to book a consultation with one of our hair loss specialists.
Simone Thomas, who herself has suffered hair loss, says society considers hair to be an important part of how you look:
“For women, there is a social stigma attached to going bald,” she says. “Hair loss can affect your sensuality and how you perceive yourself. There are usually emotional trials and tribulations when it happens.”
“Some women question whether their partner will still love them, while I’ve known others become socially reclusive and give up enjoyable activities like swimming and going to the gym because they can’t bear using the communal changing rooms for fear of their hair loss being discovered. As a model and TV presenter I was that person. I scoured the internet looking for ways i could cover up my hair loss. I was in fear that i would lose modelling jobs and presenting work if my hair loss was discovered. I tried everything possible, but the one thing i did discover was that at the time the wigs available on the market were cheap and nasty looking, ill fitting and so obviously a wig, i decided there and then that i would do something about it. I trained in hair loss and launched Simone Thomas.”
An estimated 8 million women in the UK are suffering from Hair Loss (medically known as alopecia), and it can lead to loss of self-confidence and heightened self-consciousness.
Hair loss is a well-known side effect of chemotherapy, and around 50% of women lose more hair than usual after they’ve given birth.
Simone says it can help if you address the physical aspects of hair loss. Try to find out everything you can about hair loss and the treatment options available to you. The internet is an amazing place and it is so easy to research what is available. However a word of warning…don’t be taken in by these claims of miracle cures.
Treatments For Hair Loss
A proven treatment for female-pattern baldness is a hair lotion containing minoxidil. After using it, most women see improvements, including a stop to or slowing of the balding, as well as thicker hair. Up to 25% of women experience hair regrowth while using it. So while this can work for some women, others will not be as fortunate.
imone Thomas offers a range of wigs, hair pieces and cover ups. To discuss your requirements please book a consultation where we will be more than happy to discuss a range of options available to you. Call 01202 760003 to make a no obligation private consultation with one of our hair loss consultants.
Simone Thomas advise that you always contact your GP or dermatologist for advice before starting or finishing any treatments or medication for alopecia.