Female Hollywood celebrities often don long locks. It must be a trend where the longer the hair the more beautiful and goddess-like they seem. We are often misled with the notion that longer hair symbolizes beauty and that short hair or baldness is never an option for women.
However, even if many women may want to have longer locks, some do not seem to possess them at all. Baldness is more often related to men where one third of American men will be affected by baldness once in their lifetime. For women, this can be a very rare condition with devastating effects. Women and hair loss do not seem to go together, however in some genetic makeup this can become a possibility.
Commonly known as alopecia, female pattern hair loss is a condition where hair is missing in different parts of the body but mostly affects the head. Though hair loss is fairly normal, it becomes a problem when there is an excessive shedding of hair.
Most Common Types of Baldness in Women
Andogenetic Alopecia in women is characterized by thinning of hair in all parts of the head. In men this condition is described as diffused thinning in some parts of the head. According to studies, androgenic alopecia is caused by excessive secretion of the male hormone, androgen. This hormone is present in women though in small amounts but excessive amounts of androgen can cause severe hair loss in women. This is often caused by factors including ovarian cysts, pregnancy, and even pills however; heredity plays a major role in the thinning of hair in women.
Telogen Effluvium is also a phenomenon of hair thinning in women that can persist for months or years due to traumatic experiences. Childbirth, major surgery, and severe infection can all account to these experiences. The telogen phase is the resting phase of the hair follicle where in 10-15% of hair is at this phase. The length of time that hair is at this phase is about 100 days and the same number (100) is shed normally every day.
The anagen Effluvium is that phase when trauma is experienced at hair’s metabolic activity. Usually happens after chemotherapy when the laser targets the body’s cells. Medically, anagen effluvium is the tapered fracture of the hair shafts.
Another female pattern hair loss condition is called traction alopecia. This happens from tight hairstyles like ponytails, braiding and corn crows; over time hair strands grow weak.
Treatment for baldness in women can range from topical creams to shampoos to pills. However, women opting for faster but painful treatment can resort to invasive surgeries. Implants such as progestin implants can be done. These are small rods that are surgically implanted beneath the skin. The rods, usually implanted on the upper arm, release a continuous dose of progestin that prevents ovulation to take place. There is also another option is surgery not favorable for some women. They can resort to progestin injections, which do the same job of preventing ovulation.