A woman who loses more than 150 hairs a day does suffer from female hair loss and should seek treatment.
Female hair loss is a major problem for women, regardless of age
The most common ages for the onset of female hair loss are puberty, the postpartum period, and menopause. In all three cases, the psychological stress caused by female hair loss is intense, as hair has always been a crucial element of femininity and beauty. The causes of female hair loss vary and may be either normal or pathological. Normal hair loss is a seasonal phenomenon that occurs mainly during autumn. It is estimated that all women will experience some degree of hair loss at some stage of their lives.
The life cycle of hair
The life cycle of hair consists of the anagen, the catagen and the telogen phase. Female hair loss occurs when there is a fast transition from the anagen to catagen and telogen phase.
Normally, around 95% of the scalp hair is in the anagen phase, which lasts several years, whereas the catagen and telogen phase last only for a few months. In some types of female hair loss, the anagen phase lasts only a few months. A loss of 100-150 hairs per day is normal, and does not constitute a sign of female hair loss. The shedding of these catagen hairs occurs mainly during shampooing and combing and doesn’t necessarily indicate female hair loss. However, a woman who loses more than 150 hairs a day does suffer from female hair loss and should seek treatment.
Female Hair Loss – Diagnosis & Treatment
Diagnosis starts by taking the patient’s history, performing blood and hormonal tests, phototrichogram, or even with skin biopsy, depending on the type of hair loss. The prognosis depends on the type. Generally, the prognosis for diffuse hair loss in women of childbearing age is better than for men, as the female hormones act protectively. In case that female hair loss is due to underlying causes, the latter’s elimination leads to treatment e.g. with increased iron intake, improved diet, and avoidance of stress.
At Advanced Hair Clinics, each case of female hair loss is treated individually, starting with the correct diagnosis and resulting in the appropriate treatment that is different for everyone. Our clinic is one of the most specialised clinics in the treatment of female hair loss having extensive experience that counts thousands of cases in Greece and abroad, from Europe to the Middle East.