Female pattern baldness (or androgenic alopecia) is not talked about as often as male pattern baldness but its effects are just as prominent, if not more so. Considering it affects about a third of all women at some point in their lives, it’s essential to understand the less-discussed impact on confidence and mental health.
Causes of Female Pattern Baldness
Generally, the average woman loses about 50-100 hairs a day naturally. That amount’s very normal and a part of your body’s upkeep. Losing more than that means that your body can’t replace the hair it’s losing fast enough. Luckily, many cases are temporary and reversible, but this isn’t always the case. Your health, age, diet, and current medications all have an impact on the matter. Genetic hair loss is the biggest causes of permanent hair loss, and as the name implies is carried down through generations.
Effects on Mental State
It’s an understandable feeling – nobody wants to lose their hair, and the stigma around the onset is daunting. People tend to associate a lot of negative attributes with hair loss like old age and disease – despite how many more factors play into the issue. When hair starts coming out in the shower, in a hairbrush, or onto the pillow, the mental toll can be intense. It’s not uncommon to develop low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and even reclusion from friends/family. What’s worse is that many people refuse to seek help when they notice the problem – deeming it unnecessary or vain. The thought that hair loss is just a natural part of life, or that it’s bound to happen someday, overshadows the reality that there are steps you can take now to fix it.
As mentioned before, your overall health plays an important role in hair loss, and efforts should be made to reinforce that foundation. A good diet, exercise, and clearing out major stressors will alleviate a lot of the physical toll on your body. Sometimes, keratin or iron supplements are recommended to help the body get what it needs to keep the follicles healthy.
When it comes to permanent hair loss there are options available to keep you looking and feeling fantastic! Treatments with topical (minoxidil) or oral (spironolactone) medications are available, as well as hair transplant surgery, though they may prove to be prohibitive in health and cost. Talk to your doctor before considering these options.
Where We Can Help
For a fix that’s easy and effective, Scalp Micropigmentation for Women is an option that’s hard to beat! At SMP INK, we can offer consultation and procedures that will give you results you’ll be happy with, quickly. Take back your confidence and get back to looking your absolute best in as little as two or three sessions!