Managing Hair Loss in Women: Factors Affecting Hair Growth
Balding is neither culturally accepted nor cosmetically, especially more so for women and can cause severe traumatic issues. The good news is that hair loss is treatable and can be managed with expert guidance from experienced trichologists.
Hair loss in women is not just a matter of transplantation. There are several factors involved with it. Hair loss in women could be due to multiple reasons like fluctuation in underlying hormone levels for e.g. during pregnancy and menopause, or due to nutritional causes such as lack of iron and vitamins. Hence, complete evaluation of the reasoning behind the hair loss is necessary before proceeding on a course of treatment.
Even the best hair transplant surgeons in Bangalore always advise medical treatment using tablets, lotions and PRP before moving to hair transplant. These medical treatments can often be advised alongside transplantation, depending on the patient.
Can stress affect hair growth and cause hair loss?
In this fast lifestyle, stress has become an integral part of our lives. Stress can come in any form like physical stress, mental stress, post-traumatic stress, lack of proper sleep, major surgeries etc. All these stress factors force our hair to shift from growing phase to resting phase, which are ultimately shed later. This takes an approximate time of 3-4 months from the time of stress to hair shedding.
Hence, stress management in form of yoga, meditation, exercise and a healthy lifestyle plays a major part in management of hair loss.
Hair transplant is basically placement of hair from one area of scalp to another making it look fuller and natural. Hair transplant shows very good response in women and the success of it also depends on certain factors –
- Hair transplantation in women is more challenging, as hair loss is more widespread, arrangement of transplanted hair differs in every woman depending on pattern of hair thinning. Hence, a detailed discussion with the patient, with regards to expectations from the transplant and personal styling preferences is done to ensure the desired look.
- Hair transplant does not provide complete coverage, but a cosmetically more acceptable look by providing higher coverage in sparse front areas. Hence a realistic expectation is important.
- Hair transplant for women requires great skill. Unskilled and amateur transplant may lead to artificial looking hair.
- Women have long hairs and usually do not accept trimming of hairs. Hence, transplantation should be done with longer hair. This is more time-consuming.
- Since women usually prefer longer hair, to achieve the desired result it takes approximately one and a half year.
- Medical treatment via tablets, lotions & PRP must be continued post-transplant, to maintain the transplanted hair as well as to avoid future hair loss in other normal areas.
Proper hair growth requires right nutrients
Transplant is just one method of hair loss treatment, in order to maintain the newly transplanted hair, the right nutrients are essential. Hairs are one of the most metabolically active structure of our body. Our hairs need much more energy and nutrients for growth as compared to other structures in our body.
Nutrients required for good hair growth includes Protein, Iron, Zinc, Vitamin A, B-complex, Vitamin D, Biotin and many such minerals. A survey done across India in 2015-2016 by World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that more than 52% of women in India are suffering from Iron deficiency. This Iron deficiency is 2 times more common in vegetarians as compared to non-vegetarian women.
Amount of iron in our body can be measured by a simple blood test called Serum-ferritin levels. Natural sources of iron include pulses (beans and dal), baked potatoes, tofu, chicken and dark leafy vegetables.
Antioxidants are also important
Other essential nutrients like Zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin C act as antioxidant. Antioxidants are basically molecules that help in extinguishing toxic molecules (radical oxygen species) produced in our body. These toxic molecules are produced on a regular basis in response to stress, pollution & aging, and can cause damage to hair.
The role of antioxidants is to prevent the damage caused by reactive oxygen species, resulting in better hair growth. Antioxidants can also be obtained from natural sources such as colored fruits like blueberries, oranges, apples and tomatoes, green leafy vegetables like beetroot, spinach and of course everyone’s favorite, dark chocolates.
While all these nutrients can be obtained from natural sources in our diet, the amount might not be enough for good hair growth. Hence, treatment of hair loss in women also includes estimation of levels of these nutrients and correction of the deficiencies.
Keeping your hair looking great is not a one-time thing. Hair require constant care and proper diet. So, make sure to select the right hair transplant specialist. Look at their expertise and results. Hair Transplant can be a costly procedure, but with the right surgeon, the results can be great. With proper diet & exercise to keep the blues away, and a little help from the hair transplant experts, you can keep your hair for a long-long time.