When people think of pattern baldness, many may automatically think of men, but believe it or not, it happens to many women, and it can be a common issue. It can not only be a stressful issue, but an emotional rollercoaster. As we watched, TV personality and Loose Women presenter Nadia Sawalha bare her soul, admitting to her hair loss after having children, as well as losing the curls, and the texture she adored of her hair. In her video confession, she mentions that she didn’t know women could have the ‘balding gene’ so, what is female pattern baldness and how can it differ to male pattern baldness?
What is the Balding Gene?
Whether genetic, or pattern hair loss, ‘androgenetic alopecia’ is one of the most common causes of hair loss, in both women and men. It can be inherited from the parents, but can also be triggered by other factors such as puberty or hormones. In women, pregnancy, giving birth and other factors, which differ to men, can cause hair loss. The NHS England estimates that approximately 50% of woman, over the age of 65 experience female pattern baldness.
How Does Female Pattern Baldness Differ?
Hair loss, in many ways can be different for a woman compared to a man, affecting one in four females. Women as young as 30 can suffer from female pattern hair loss, which can be especially upsetting, as they can feel embarrassed and unattractive at a time when they should feel their most confident. Factors such as menopause and pregnancy can make a difference to the time that women go through this, and could even come on earlier in life due to other influences.
The hormone changes in women are the main cause of hair loss or pattern baldness, which can happen at three points in a women’s life: puberty, pregnancy and menopause. The hormone HDT or Dihydrotestosterone is the main hormone responsible, as after menopause the oestrogen is no longer in the body to be able to counter the testosterone. DHT causes the hair follicles to alter on the scalp, which makes those follicles become much smaller, shorter and lighter until at some point the follicles stop producing altogether.
In the above video, Nadia said that her hair really started to change after the birth of her children. Post-partum hair loss is very common in women and is normally experienced three months after the birth. This can happen due to shock, a decrease in hormones and possibly anaemia.
Hair loss for women, can not only be a physical alteration but a psychological and emotional one. No one; women or man should be left to suffer in silence and just deal with it. Our DHI clinic in Manchester understands the importance of natural looking hair and appreciates the need for women to feel confident, and your hair shouldn’t stop that. Here are some results of our successful hair restoration procedures in women. If you would like to know any more about our services, please get in touch, as we would love to help. Alternatively, you can book a free, no-obligation consultation.