The Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists (www.CanadianHair.ca), a Toronto-based organization offering hair loss treatment for over 25 years, is addressing a recent study that found hair loss in women to be more common than previously thought.
The study of U.K. women over the age of 25 found that one in five women suffered from hair loss and another nine percent had experienced it in the past. (Source: Cherrington, R., “Hair Loss In Women Is ‘More Common Than Thought, As Many Suffer In Silence’” The Huffington Post UK web site, September 28, 2015; https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/09/28/hair-loss-in-women_n_8207852.html, last accessed October 26, 2015.)
“When we think of hair loss, we typically associate it with men, but women are affected by it too,” says Ken Robson, founder of the Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists. “As this study shows, it’s actually quite common for women to have problems with hair loss.”
According to the study, over half of the women with hair loss were over the age of 44. However, a little over 10% of respondents were under the age of 35 when they first experienced problems with their hair.
“As women age, changes and fluctuations in hormones can have a negative impact on hair and cause thinning,” says Robson. “However, just like with men, even women in their twenties and thirties can experience hair loss.”
Over a third of the women suffering said that they did not attempt anything to stop their hair loss or thinning, even though they were aware of the problem.
“Unfortunately, there can be a stigma with women’s hair loss,” notes Robson. “A lot of women can be embarrassed to seek help, even though there are many treatment options available. There are certain things which can have a big impact with female hair loss, which is usually not genetic like male-pattern baldness.”
As hormonal imbalances are a big cause of female hair loss, Robson suggests trying to reduce stress. He also recommends making healthier lifestyle choices, which can reverse thinning of hair.
“If you’re eating a lot of processed food or doing extreme diets, your hair might not be getting the vitamins and nutrients that it needs,” says Robson. “Eating a balanced diet is important. As well, there are supplements designed specifically for hair growth that can boost the health of your hair.”
Robson also notes that vitamins can be applied directly to your hair through the use of shampoos, conditioners, and other hair-restoring products. “A lot of the shampoos found in stores are full of harsh chemicals, which can be damaging to your hair,” says Robson. “Look for shampoos or hair products that are natural and have vitamins and protein, which your hair needs to be healthy. There’s no need for most women to suffer from hair loss when many cases will resolve with the correct treatment.”
The Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists is the leading provider of treatment for hair loss in men and women. They offer their clients a number of options, ranging from hair transplant surgery to realistic hair systems. For more information, visit the website at www.CanadianHair.ca.