Hair loss to a greater or lesser degree in women is common and the causes can include many factors including genetic, stress, auto-immune disorders, pregnancy and stress on hair follicle (e.g. tying hair too tightly). And some skin problems. Unfortunately, it is not socially acceptable for women to display bald patches and many individuals find hair loss – and finding a solution – very distressing.
Alopecia areata is the most common type and will affect 1-2% of the UK population at some point in their lives – although research shows that children and young adults are the most widely affected. Hair loss is can be sudden and appears like smooth-skinned patches that may increase over time. Early treatment is successful in most cases.
For persistent and larger areas of hair loss In terms of finding a solution, a full coverage ladies wig is often not necessary or the most satisfying answer. Sophisticated and advanced hair enhancement procedures like ‘hair integration’ – a non-surgical solution that blends real hair with your own – may be more suitable especially for androgenetic alopecia. This is most widely known as (male or female) pattern hair loss which is also very common.
It usually begins with a slight recession at the front hairline and thinning at the crown. It’s also largely genetic and follicles become smaller, leading to gradual loss.
Alopecia totalis is the loss of all scalp hair. While hair can grow back, many individuals choose to opt for a hair replacement or restoration solution in the form of a quality full ladies wig. Thanks to advances in modern hair technology, wigs are now very natural-looking with a range of ready-to-wear styles in a myriad of colours.
Alternatively, real hair ladies wigs, both full and partial, can be made to your shade and style to your needs – as you would imagine these tend to be more expensive. Traction or friction alopecia is caused by persistent hair tension and damage to the follicles. Pulling on the hair (for example via tight ponytails, plaiting, rollers, hair extensions), over time, damages the hair follicle. As a result, the hair produced becomes finer and finer. Trichotillomania is caused by tugging or pulling on hair and normally affects children and women.
Reasons are often related to the individual’s emotional/psychological state of mind. This type of hair loss can be reversed with the appropriate course of action which may include types of psychological therapy or counselling. Monolethrix is a rarer hair loss condition where the hair becomes weak at the follicle and snaps off. The cause of this is thought to be a mutation of the protein compounds necessary for hair health and healthy growth.
Once you understand your type of hair loss, you can explore ways to overcome the problem. If you decide to opt for a hair restoration or replacement product, always seek advice from a reputable hair loss clinic or supplier.