Unlocking Hair Growth: A Guide to Advanced Solutions for Female Pattern Hair Loss
AUTHOR - DR. DAVID JACK
Hair loss is a common concern among women, and finding effective solutions can be a priority. By understanding the different types of hair loss, adopting good hair health practices, and exploring advanced treatments, women can optimise hair growth. In this article, we will delve into the types of hair loss seen in women and explore in the advancements in treatments such as polynucleotides (PN), stem cell-derived growth factors, Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, supplements, and certain medications.
What are the different types of hair loss seen in women?
A number of causes of hair loss are seen in women, some with no clear underlying cause. If you are losing hair then we always suggest consulting a doctor or trichologist to determine any underlying diagnosis which may be underlying this. The most common causes include:
- Androgeneic Alopecia: also known as female pattern hair loss, androgenic alopecia is the most common type of hair loss in women. It is characterised by a gradual thinning of hair, primarily at the crown and top of the scalp. Hormonal imbalances and genetic predisposition play significant roles in its development.
- Telogen Effluvium: a temporary hair loss condition triggered by physical or emotional stress, hormonal changes (such as childbirth or menopause), nutritional deficiencies, or certain medications. Telogen Effluvium leads to excessive shedding and thinning of hair across the entire scalp.
- Alopecia Areata: this is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the hair follicles, resulting in patchy hair loss. In severe cases, it can lead to total hair loss (alopecia totalis) or loss of all body hair (alopecia universalis).
- Traction Alopecia: Traction alopecia occurs due to prolonged tension or pulling on the hair follicles, often caused by tight hairstyles like ponytails, braids, or hair extensions. Over time, it weakens the hair, leading to hair loss.
How can I improve the health of my hair?
Maintaining good hair health is crucial for preventing hair loss and optimising hair growth. Here are some key aspects to consider:
- Balanced Diet: Consuming a nutrient-rich diet is essential for healthy hair. Ensure an adequate intake of vitamins (such as A, B, C, D, and E), minerals (including iron, zinc, and selenium), proteins, and omega-3 fatty acids to nourish hair follicles and promote growth. These can be found in certain supplements and advice from a nutritional therapist may be useful to determine if you are adequately nourishing your hair from within
- Gentle Hair Care: Adopt a gentle hair care routine that includes regular washing with a mild shampoo, conditioning to moisturise the hair, and avoiding excessive heat styling or harsh chemical treatments. This helps minimise damage and preserve the overall health of the hair.
- Stress Management: Chronic stress can contribute to hair loss through disruptions in certain hormone levels. It is worth considering implementing stress-management techniques like exercise, meditation, and sufficient sleep to promote a healthy hair growth cycle.
Are There Any New or Advanced Treatments available for Improving Hair Growth In Women?
- Polynucleotides (PN): Polynucleotides (PN), also known as nucleic acids, are bioactive molecules that play a crucial role in cellular regeneration and tissue repair. Topical application or injection of PN into the scalp can stimulate hair follicles, promote hair growth, and improve hair thickness and density.
- Growth Factors: Stem-derived growth factors are bioactive proteins derived from pluripotent cells. These growth factors stimulate hair follicle activity, promote the proliferation of hair follicle cells, increase blood flow, and create an optimal environment for hair growth.
- Exosomes: these are cellular pockets of growth factors derived from various types of progenitor cells. These can facilitate intercellular communication between cells, promoting optimal cellular function and regeneration. By delivering specific signaling molecules, they can stimulate hair growth, improve cell turnover, and enhance the overall health of the scalp. They are delivered to the skin after microneedling to the scalp
- Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy: this involves drawing the patient's blood, processing it to concentrate platelets, and injecting the platelet-rich plasma into the scalp. Platelets contain growth factors that stimulate hair follicles, promote hair growth, and improve hair quality. It can be done in combination with microneedling
- Hair Growth Supplements: Hair growth supplements enriched with essential nutrients like biotin, vitamin D, iron, and zinc can complement a balanced diet and provide additional support for hair growth. Consultation with a healthcare professional is advisable to determine the most suitable supplements for individual needs.
- Prescription Medications: Prescription medications like minoxidil and spironolactone may be recommended by healthcare professionals for female pattern hair loss. Minoxidil is a topical solution that stimulates hair growth, while spironolactone helps block androgen hormones that can contribute to hair loss.
Hair loss can be a stressful condition that can have significant impact on your confidence. Addressing hair loss in women requires a comprehensive approach that combines understanding the types of hair loss, promoting good hair health practices, and exploring advanced treatments. Scientific advancements such as polynucleotides (PN), growth factors, Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, supplements, and prescription medications offer promising solutions for optimising hair growth. By consulting with professionals, women can discover personalized treatments that stimulate hair follicles, promote hair growth, and improve overall hair quality.