Female alopecia affects 25% of Spanish women. It is, therefore, a very common problem for both women and men. In addition, in recent years, female baldness has increased due to hormonal imbalances, a poor diet, a fragile state of health or stress.
In fact, work-related stress has caused queries for hair loss or alopecia in women to have skyrocketed by 150% in the last twenty years. 50% of the consultations that occur in the Aesthetic Medicine clinics on baldness are by women. The experts of these clinics recommend seeking professional help in several cases:
- Exaggerated hair loss.
- Very reduced capillary mass volume.
- Lack of hair in a specific area.
- History of extreme baldness in the family of the patient.
Female baldness due to stress has been increased as a result of the full incorporation of women in the workplace. And the fact that they have to reconcile their family and work life in inequality with men. With stress, the quantity of adrenal hormones rise and this has an effect on the male hormones that are the origin of hair loss.
What does female alopecia do?
Alopecia in women appears mainly as an abundant loss of capillary density. Especially in visibly important areas such as the upper part of the head and the frontal part. According to experts from different hair centers, female baldness is more problematic than male baldness due to the number of causes from which it derives. In addition, alopecia in women has a greater psychological impact since hair loss has always been related to men.
You also have to know that losing hair daily is normal; on average, between 50 and 150 hairs fall per day. The important thing is to know when we should worry and identify that hair loss is higher than normal. In addition, hormonal imbalances tend to influence hair loss. In fact, androgenic or hormonal alopecia is the most common form in women, affecting 25% of them.
Female baldness after childbirth
When giving birth, the hormonal imbalance that occurs in women is large, and this can cause the hair to fall. Female alopecia in these cases is also determined by the absence of nutrients such as iron, necessary for hair. Little by little the hormones recover their levels before giving birth, but perhaps the loss of hair has already been important.
It usually takes between six months and a year to return to normal, luckily it is a temporary phase. However, it is recommended that women follow a specific hair treatment to find a solution as soon as possible and that hair loss does not become chronic.
What can you do to avoid alopecia after pregnancy?
- Use treatments to slow or reduce the fall, to increase the density and stimulate growth.
- Do not use hair straighteners or curling irons because they damage the hair a lot.
- Food is essential for hair to have all the necessary nutrients, so avoid diets if your hair has not returned to normal.
Female baldness in menopause
Hair loss in menopause also has to do with a hormonal change. In this case, it occurs when the female hormone, known as estrogen, decreases, and makes the male hormone that was hidden until then begin to act on the hair, making it weaker until it falls.
Some women begin to develop thinner and brittle hair already in the premenopausal stage. It does not affect all women equally as factors such as genetic inheritance or hair condition before menopause also influence.
Hormonal changes cause hair loss that can lead to female alopecia.
Treatment for female alopecia
Dermatologists and experts recommend early treatment of female alopecia with minoxidil. In addition, many brands of cosmetics have specialized lines to prevent hair loss. This is the case of Vichy and its range of Dercos products with anti-hair loss shampoos, among other things, which can be purchased in pharmacy and online pharmacy.
Here are some tips to properly care for the health of your hair, keep it strong and healthy, and avoid female baldness:
- Massaging the scalp: Doing this stimulates the scalp and helps to get rid of dead cells thus allowing the hair to grow stronger. Massage when you apply the shampoo with the tips of your fingers to increase blood flow and stimulate the follicles.
- Comb with care: The way you brush and the brushes you use are some of the main causes of hair loss. The combs can pull the hair out of the follicle, to avoid this it starts by brushing the ends and advances little by little in sections instead of starting at the root.
- Wet hair is the most fragile: It is when the cuticle is open, therefore it is when more will fall. Wait until the hair is completely dry to start combing. In addition, curling the hair on the towel causes the hairs that are weak to fall.
- Limit sun exposure: A prolonged exposure weakens the hair a lot and leaves it dry because the sun breaks down the keratin proteins in the hair. There are sunscreens for hair.
- Showering with colder water: The very hot water ends with natural oils and can damage the root and this causes much more hair to be lost.