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Thinning Hair In Women: Not Rare And Certainly Not Hopeless

  
  
  
  

Combat thinning hair in women and female-pattern alopecia (FPA) with HairSpa.The Symptoms, Causes And Hair Restoration Solutions At HairSpa

Hair loss is overwhelmingly associated with men. This is because the formation of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a male sex hormone, is the most common cause of hair loss. So its no wonder that male-pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) is commonly known, while this occurrence in women -- known as androgenetic alopecia or female-pattern alopecia (FPA) -- is far less recognized or acknowledged.

MORE COMMON THAN YOU THINK

The fact that its not as talked about in the media does not mean hair thinning in women is a rare event. On the contrary, it is much more common than you think. About 10% of pre-menopausal women experience signs of female alopecia. This percentage increases greatly post-menopause, with 50-75% of women 65 years or older suffering from thinning hair and hair loss. 

FEMALE-PATTERN ALOPECIA (FPA)

When women experience complete or patchy hair loss, it is known as female-pattern alopecia (FPA) or androgenetic alopecia. Its causes are unknown, but it is usually genetic -- about a fifth of people with this condition have a family history of alopecia. Most professionals agree that alopecia is an autoimmune condition, which is when the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue.

There are three forms of alopecia:

    • Alopecia areata: patches of hair loss, usually on the scalp
    • Alopecia totalis: complete loss of scalp hair
    • Alopecia universalis: total loss of all body hair 

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

Men generally experience hair loss in a well-defined pattern -- usually beginning above the temples and/or at the crown of the head, leading to a progressively receding hairline and eventually resulting in complete hair loss. Women, on the other hand, generally experience hair thinning instead of complete hair loss.

In general, FPA includes the following symptoms:

    • Hair thinning mainly on the top and crown of the scalp, usually beginning with a widening through the center hair part. 
    • The front hairline generally remains intact. 
    • The hair loss rarely progresses to total or near total baldness, as is common in men.

POSSIBLE CAUSES OF FPA

    • Aging
    • Changes in the levels of male hormones, or androgens -- e.g., after menopause, many women experience thinning hair on their head, while the hair on their face gets coarser
    • Family history of male-pattern baldness or FPA

HAIR THINNING NOT RELATED TO FPA

Thinning hair in women may occur due to reasons other than FPA, including the following:

    • Breaking of hair from treatments, from twisting or pulling of hair or from hair shaft abnormalities present from birth
    • Certain skin diseases that lead to scarring of the hair follicles
    • Certain autoimmune diseases, like a form of alopecia (mentioned above)
    • Hormone problems, such as too much testosterone, or too much/too little thyroid hormone
    • Iron deficiency
    • Vitamin deficiency, especially lack of vitamin B
    • Medications such as chemotherapy and beta blockers
    • Syphilis, a sexually transmitted infection
    • Temporary shedding of hair after a major illness, surgery or pregnancy
    • Dry weather conditions -- see this recent blog post 
    • Poor water quality, e.g., excessively desalinated water -- see this the same blog post

TREATMENT

The hair restoration industry is undergoing an exciting stage of growth, made possible by scientific developments and technological advancements. HairSpa is dedicated trichologists -- expert hair consultants and technicians -- use the latest technology, cutting-edge science and innovative thinking to customize the best non-surgical hair loss treatment for you.

We couple these innovative technologies, hair loss intelligence and hair restoration solutions with compassion. We understand that having long, luxurious hair is often identified with beauty and health. We understand the negative judgments surrounding hair loss. So when you are treated at HairSpa, you are not only provided the most effective and best-suited hair loss options for your situation, but you are also given the compassion you deserve.

IN-HOUSE SPA AND SCALP TREATMENTS

After your personalized hair diagnosis, we perform the following treatment steps based on your individual case:

    • Scalp cleansing mask for scalp exfoliation and detoxification
    • Scalp cream and stimulation
    • De-scaling and antibacterial treatment for slight, medium, heavy and persistent scale
    • Mesotherapy
    • Scalp massage
    • Anti-pruritic (itch) treatment
    • Hair-specific nutritional supplements

Learn more about these in-house spa and scalp treatments for women -- provided in our relaxing spa environment to treat not only your hair, but also your peace of mind.

LASER HAIR TREATMENT AND HAIR REPLACEMENT SYSTEMS

Visit us online to read more about our proven Tricomax Laser Hair Treatment (TLHT) for women, which uses low-level laser therapy, and our non-surgical hair replacement systems

Hair loss is not predestined fate, and it is certainly not hopeless. Choose to regrow your hair and reclaim your self-confidence with the compassionate trichologists at HairSpa.

Click the button below to start your journey to hair restoration, vitality and happiness.

Hair Loss: Blame It On The Weather And Water?

  
  
  
  

hair loss dubai and weatherThe Environmental Triggers For Hair Loss In Dubai

There is plenty of information out there on the genetics behind hair loss -- how dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a derivative of testosterone, attacks hair follicles in both men and women. There are also medical conditions such as anemia and thyroid issues -- and vitamin deficiencies that may lead to hair loss. But what goes on inside the body is not the extent of the hair loss story.

Hair thinning in women and men may also stem from environmental sources outside the body: specifically, the weather conditions and water quality.

Weather: DRY

You have likely grown accustomed to the arid climate here in Dubai. Maybe you thrive in the high temperatures, not minding the desert-like conditions.

But this dry heat may be what is attacking the health of your hair.  

Water: DESALINATED

Another trigger for hair loss is the desalinated water, which is used in most large Middle Eastern cities. Dry skin, rashes and allergies often accompany this hair loss. 

Desalinated water, also known as hard water, is perfectly fine for general use and drinking, but it can pose major problems for skin and hair when the water is particles per million (PPM) escalate beyond a certain level -- this happens when the water is distributed through pipelines. PPM is related to total dissolved solids (TDS), which includes minerals like calcium, magnesium, nitrate, potassium and sodium that are found in water. It is the escalation of TDS that causes the hair loss, skin irritations and allergy issues. 

THE HARD FACTS

Nielson recently conducted a study on behalf of Inversion Femme, the anti-aging supplement. The study had some interesting, yet disheartening findings -- 67% of women living in the UAE experience hair loss, making hair loss one of the most common aesthetic problems in the area.

This aesthetic problem is particularly rampant among Arab women, with nine out of 10 (92%) experiencing hair loss. Asian women are the second most affected group, with 80% experiencing hair loss, and Emirati women follow with 60%. 

The study cited environmental factors, chiefly desalinated water and weather conditions, as possible causes. 

So while there are internal, genetic triggers causing hair loss, the environmental factors cannot be ignored. Despite the fact that we have little control over Mother Nature, we do have control over the health of our hair.

With the right hair restoration treatment, reversing hair loss is possible. Visit us online at the HairSpa website to learn about the non-surgical hair loss treatment options available. We offer natural hair restoration solutions, which use low-level laser therapy to complement FDA-approved, scientifically supported topical hair loss formulas, that are customizable to your specific situation, gender and hair type. 

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