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Hair Replacement Options for Women

Once, it was believed that men were the only ones who had to deal with hair loss. However, female pattern baldness has become an all too common occurrence. Millions of women deal with thinning hair or bald spots.

Many women choose to hide their thinning hair and feel ashamed or unattractive. Rather than concealing their hair, women should understand that balding, thinning hair is perfectly normal and usually at no one’s fault.

Most importantly, women suffering hair loss should maintain hope: there are numerous effective hair replacement options available. Let’s take a look at the causes of female pattern baldness and the surgical and non-surgical methods of restoring that hair.

Causes for Female Hair Loss

Pinning hair loss on any single cause is hard. There are dozens of possible reasons a women may be losing her hair. What makes things even more difficult is the fact that the patterns of hair loss in women are not as easily identifiable as those in men.

Some causes for women’s hair loss include:

Genetics – The most common cause of scalp hair loss, in both men and women, is entirely hereditary. Androgenic alopecia is an inherited sensitivity to the effects of male hormones (androgens) on scalp hair follicles. After reaching menopause, for instance, women may find that their hair has become thinner.

Normally, when a hair follicle falls out, it is replaced by a hair of equal size and thickness. For women with female pattern baldness, the new hair is finer and thinner. This cycle continues with thinner and thinner hair until the hair quits growing altogether.

A simple way to determine your susceptibility to hair loss is to look at your parents or grandparents, and so on. Hair loss can be hereditary both maternally and paternally. If any of your family suffers from thin hair or scalp baldness, you might have to deal with the same in the future.

Medical conditions – Numerous medical conditions can bring about hair loss, the most common including:

  • Androgenetic alopecia
  • Alopecia areata
  • Pregnancy (which may cause imbalances in hormones)
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Anemia
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Some skin conditions

However, signs of baldness or hair loss caused by these medical conditions are often temporary and subside in a matter of weeks.

Environmental – Sometimes, hair loss comes down to outside agents. Extreme stress can lead to all sorts of physiological problems, including hair loss. Dramatic weight loss or a lack of certain nutrients can take a hard toll on your body and your hair.

Sometimes, hair loss is attributed to self-inflicted causes. Over-tight hairstyles like cornrows or braids can lead to traction alopecia. Take into consideration the types of manipulation done to your hair (dyes, chemicals, blow dryers, flat irons, and more), all of which can cause damage or breakage.

Replacing and Restoring Hair

Understanding the causes of hair loss, let’s take a look at a few ways to prevent and restore your hair.

Diet –Eating the right foods and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help prevent hair loss. Some foods worth considering include:

  • Oats can speed up hair growth with high levels of iron, potassium, and magnesium.
  • Citrus fruits contain vitamin C, which is essential to healthy hair and skin.
  • Turkey is a great source of niacin, which promotes healthy blood circulation. Increased blood circulation means more oxygen to your scalp and hair follicles and thus better hair growth.

Pharmacology

  • Minoxidil, which goes by the brand name Rogaine, is an FDA-approved hair restoration drug and can either be taken as a pill or applied topically. Surprisingly, Minoxidil seems to be more effective on women suffering androgenic alopecia than men. However, product labeling suggests that women only use the 2% concentration of Minoxidil. The higher 5% concentration is only prescribed under the supervision of a dermatologist.
  • Propecia (finastiride), is another pharmaceutical option that is more common. This drug inhibits the enzyme that converts testosterone into DHT, the hormone that often causes hair loss. Be sure to talk to your doctor about this option, because it isn’t always recommended for women, and certainly shouldn’t be taken or handled by pregnant women.

Surgery – When worse comes to worst, surgery is always an option. The two most common surgical methods of hair restoration are transplants and scalp reduction (with transplantation being highly recommended over scalp reduction).

  • Hair transplants are probably the more popular of the two methods. Hair transplantation is completely safe and easy. During the procedure hair follicles are taken from donor areas of a woman’s scalp. Eligible donor areas are the parts of your scalp that have strong hair growth. The hair follicles are then surgically placed into the bald or thinning areas, and the hair continues to live and reproduce after being transplanted.

Hair Duplication – A unique, detailed process goes into creating this non-surgical hair replacement. Perfectly matched real human hair blends seamlessly and naturally into your own hair type. This is a durable, aesthetically pleasing choice for many men and women.

Remember to consult a professional to fully understand your options and make the best choice.

 

How Hair Replacement Works and Different Techniques

As important as a person’s clothes and accessories might be to his sense of fashion, the hairstyle can completely make or break the overall look. Unfortunately, many men suffer hair loss and eventual baldness.

Although baldness has become generally accepted by society and is often a sign of maturity and sophistication, some individuals do not find their baldness attractive, and lose quite a bit of self-esteem along with their hair.

However, if you are suffering a receding hair line or bald spots, don’t fret. There are numerous hair replacement procedures and techniques available to you. Let’s take a look at some effective hair replacement treatments.

 

Non-Surgical

With non-surgical hair replacement, the aim is to conceal or otherwise reduce visible bald spots without the use of any invasive procedures. Non-surgical methods are generally reserved for those with extensive hair loss.

-Hair duplication. Non-surgical hair replacement techniques include hair duplication. This technique in itself has many options, but generally consists of matching real human hair and/or finely crafted synthetic hair to your own. Experts match the texture, thickness, curliness/straightness, and growth pattern perfectly to your own.

This hair is then acutely implemented into a base (of which there are many choices). The final result can be attached to your scalp with whichever method you prefer, but includes various advanced adhesives and other methods. It is breathable, natural, and durable. You can even go swimming and shower without having to worry.

 

-Pharmacological options. If you are suffering from hair loss, you may consider turning to pharmaceutical options, although results with hair duplication are generally more satisfactory.

Minoxidil is the only FDA approved drug on the market and can be taken orally or applied topically to the scalp. Minoxidil works to increase the strength of your existing hair, and though there have been a few reports of hair growth, the drug is mainly effective in increasing the thickness of hair that still exists.

Finasteride is available over the counter and claims to reverse the effects of balding by decreasing DHT. DHT is the main hormone that causes hair loss and baldness. Though there aren’t any guarantees, Finasteride has a fairly loyal following of men touting its hair growth abilities.

 

Surgical

Some men and women are more interested in surgical options. However, in order to be eligible for these slightly invasive hair replacement treatments, you must have existing hair either on the sides or the back of your head.

-Hair transplants. Although hair transplantation held some risks in the past, recent advancements in technology have made the procedure much safer and thus more popular. This method takes hair follicles from areas of your scalp with healthy, thick hair growth and transplants them into the balding areas.

With a few treatments, you could get back that full head of hair you want. Even better, the hair transplants are all natural because they came from your own head. This procedure has also made significant advancements, and looks completely natural. The hair can continue to grow in its new place naturally.

 

Preventing Hair Loss

While if baldness is hereditary for you, or otherwise unavoidable, there are some things you can do early-on to at least slow or reduce balding.

You may not think there are significant effects of stress on your scalp, but constantly being bombarded with physical and emotional stress is not healthy or enjoyable. Get enough sleep. Exercise reduces stress and keeps your blood circulating.

Take care of your hair. Wash regularly, but not too often. Be gentle with your hair. Don’t use harsh hair products. Remember that hair is like any other organ in your body and needs nourishment. Eat right and make sure you have a balanced diet to ensure healthy hair and a healthy scalp.

If you’re experiencing balding, remember that there are options for hair replacement that are effective and undetectable (even to you). You’re also not alone. Millions of men and women deal with hair loss all around you. However, you no longer have to passively accept it.