Women’s Hair Loss | Women’s Hair Replacement

Women’s Hair Loss | Women’s Hair Replacement

On average, we all lose between 50 to 100 hairs a day, unfortunately for millions of men and women, those hairs never grow back. And while some aging men are fairly comfortable with that prospect, most women at any age are not. Women’s hair loss is more common than most people think, in fact millions of healthy, active women are currently experiencing hair loss and don’t know the reason why their hair is thinning.

Male or female pattern baldness, also known as Androgenetic Alopecia or Hereditary Hair Loss is one of the most common causes of hair loss in both men and women. Recent studies show that there are approximately thirty-five million men and twenty-one million women in the United States who are currently losing their hair.

We’ve all seen men try to conceal their thinning hair with toupees, hats, and transplants. In the 1970s, Telly Savalas decided to shave his head when he became Kojak, the bald police detective with the lollipop. Fast forward to 2012, a lot of men with thinning hair are shaving their entire heads to hide the appearance of male pattern baldness. Today, many male celebrities such as Bruce Willis, Michael Jordan, Andre Agassi, Michael Stipe, Billy Corgan, Howie Mandel, Joe Satriani, even LL Cool J have all chosen to shave their heads completely when male pattern baldness became noticeable.

While the trend of balding men shaving off their remaining hair hasn’t become the popular choice for women who are losing their hair, some women are beginning to embrace the shaved look. And while some women find shaving their head to be a liberating experience, it still seems that most women are not as comfortable as men are with being bald. So, if you happen to be one of the millions of women who are experiencing hair loss and don’t want to shave off the rest, luckily today there are much better hair replacement options for women than ever before.

While there have long been many women’s hair replacement options to choose from, never before have the results been so comfortable and natural looking. Women’s hair replacement technology has come a long way over the past thirty years, which is really exciting news for women with thinning hair.

For women who would rather not run the risks of hair transplant surgery, or bother with the costly minimal result producing medications, non-surgical hair replacement is widely becoming the most popular choice for women suffering from hair loss, and for good reason too. Today’s custom designed state-of-the-art women’s hair replacement systems when applied by an experienced hair replacement specialist can produce the look of a natural growing head of hair. The look is so natural that an estimated 360,000 people nationwide are utilizing this latest non-surgical hair replacement technology. Hair replacement and enhancement salons call it “natural hair integration” and the results of the process are so convincing that even professional hair stylists have a hard time deciding if the hair is actually growing directly from the scalp or not.

Sarah Deutsch, who owns and operates Suisse Natural Hair Salon in Newton, MA says that natural hair integration is by far the most popular technique her clients request. “And it’s not always women who are losing their hair that ask for it, many women simply want more hair, and integration gives them just what they want” says Deutsch.

Common causes of women’s hair loss:

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Hereditary Hair Loss: Hair loss that is genetic is known as androgenetic alopecia and, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, is the most common cause of hair loss. The gene can be inherited from either your mother’s or father’s side of the family, though you’re more likely to have it if both of your parents had hair loss.

Telogen Effluvium: Telogen effluvium is a phenomenon that occurs after pregnancy, major surgery, drastic weight loss, or extreme stress, in which you shed large amounts of hair every day, usually when shampooing, styling, or brushing. It can also be a side effect of certain medications, such as antidepressants, beta-blockers, and non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. During telogen effluvium, hair shifts faster than normal from its growing phase into the “resting” phase before moving quickly into the shedding, or telogen, phase.

Anagen Effluvium: Anagen effluvium occurs after any insult to the hair follicle that impairs its mitotic or metabolic activity. This hair loss is commonly associated with chemotherapy. Since chemotherapy targets your body’s rapidly dividing cancer cells, your body’s other rapidly dividing cells such as hair follicles in the growing (anagen) phase, are also greatly affected. Soon after chemotherapy begins approximately 90 percent or more of the hairs can fall out while still in the anagen phase.

Traction alopecia: This condition is caused by localized trauma to the hair follicles from tight hairstyles that pull at hair over time. If the condition is detected early enough, the hair will re-grow. Braiding, cornrows, and tight ponytails are the most common causes.