Any woman who's experienced hair loss knows how devastating it can be, but there are options for those suffering. We've called in the expert knowledge of Dr Sharon Wong, consultant dermatologist and leading hair and scalp specialist, to share her knowledge. This really is everything you need to know about hair loss in women.
What causes hair loss in women?
Dr Sharon says that the most common cause of hair loss and thinning in both sexes is genetic hair loss and common balding. However, women can also suffer hair loss as a result of hormonal fluctuations, such as postpregnancy shedding, menopause-related hair loss, starting or stopping some forms of contraception, and underlying hormonal imbalances such as polycystic ovary syndrome(PCOS). In addition, overprocessing the hair with heat and chemical styling or wearing hairstyles
that pull on the hair can also cause weathering, hair breakage, and traction hair loss.
Dr Sharon emphasises that it is also important to realise that women can often have more than one cause of hair loss or thinning at any one time.