While hair loss in men is socially acceptable, in women, it’s a whole other issue – one that’s almost taboo! Let’s talk about it now.
There are two types of hair loss, or “alopecia”: occasional and chronic. Occasional hair loss is a relatively common problem. In fact, an estimated 1 in 3 women experiences excessive hair loss at some point in her life. It can be due to:
- excessive stress
- significant fatigue
- emotional shock
- nutritional deficiency (iron, magnesium, etc.)
- pregnancy (postpartum reaction)
- major weight loss
As for chronic hair loss, it can be caused by:
- hormonal disorders or changes (often after menopause)
- vascular problems (poor blood flow to the scalp)
For the sudden and more than likely temporary loss of hair, time (a few months), relaxation and a healthy diet (to provide the body the trace elements it needs for healthy hair growth), can eventually help restore the situation. There are also products formulated with specific active ingredients to stimulate micro-circulation in the scalp and boost hair growth. One such product is Anastim Concentrate of the Ducray line by Pierre Fabre Laboratories, which contains Neoruscine, Biotin, GP4G and Tocopherol Nicotinate.
For the more challenging cases of chronic hair loss (a gradual thinning of the entire head of hair, especially at the part line), a topical solution made with minoxidil (Rogaine®) is available on the market. In addition, certain oral contraceptives are thought to have an anti-androgenic effect, which slows hair loss (Yasmin®, Diane 35® and all brands containing desogestrel or norgestimate). Spironolactone can also prove beneficial for some women when minoxidil has been ineffective. Another solution is Ducray’s hair loss lotion Neoptide, which is formulated with Tetrapeptide to strengthen hair. Finally, hair transplantation and other surgical interventions are further durable treatment options.
Pharmacists are familiar with the range of specialized dermatological hair care products. If you are concerned about hair loss, don’t hesitate to talk to one of them. If you experience abnormally massive hair loss or if you are losing your hair in patches, see a doctor; it could be caused by an underlying illness.