Female Hair Loss Conditions
Female pattern hair loss known also as “Androgenetic Alopecia” manifests itself differently to male pattern hair loss being distributed differently and less dramatically.
The Ludwig Classification is used to describe female pattern hair loss. Type I is minimal thinning that can be camouflaged with hair styling techniques. Type II is characterized by decreased volume and noticeable widening of the mid-line part. Type III describes diffuse thinning, with a see-through appearance on the top of the scalp. This can be an extremely distressing hair loss condition experienced by many women. Contributing factors of female pattern hair loss can include hormone imbalance, menopause, medication taken, or genetic inheritance, particularly for those women with a history of hair loss in the maternal grandmother.
Acute Telogen Effluvium
This is a sudden form of hair shedding affecting the whole scalp, brought on suddenly. Patients often report large amounts of hair being lost when shampooing, conditioning, combing and brushing. This type of hair loss can be induced by medication, illness, pregnancy, fever, along with other factors. Patients experience a loss in hair density and, depending on the length of time the patient has been suffering, hairs of differing lengths may be seen.
Chronic Telogen Effluvium
An extremely distressing condition where excessive hair shedding takes place over a long period lasting more than nine months. The hair loses density particularly towards the ends and patients often report their hair is not as long or has stopped growing. This condition does not cause the hair to fall out completely but patients experience a distinct difference in the amount of hair they normally have; the area where patients part their hair may appear sparse. Many hairs of differing lengths can often be seen throughout the head. This condition can be brought on by many factors which may have gone undetected for some time.