Hair loss used to be considered as an issue that predominately affected men, with stories of female hair loss barely talked of. Thanks to more coverage in the media and the ever-increasing channels to share information in today’s society, there is now greater awareness that hair loss can affect both sexes. Luckily, with greater awareness of the problem, comes greater access to the solutions.
Hair loss for women
It is estimated that around 40% of women will suffer from some form of hair loss throughout their life time. There are varying reasons for this, ranging from genetics, hormonal changes and thyroid complaints, to overzealous hair styling, deficiency of key nutrients and stress. While some of these are relatively easy to reverse over time, others are far more challenging.
Female pattern baldness
Some women suffer from androgenetic alopecia, which is more commonly known as female pattern baldness. This is a hereditary condition, which can be passed down from either side of the family. Although more common in men (some 70% of men will experience some degree of male pattern baldness), it affects women in different ways, which means treatment is more difficult.
Whereas male pattern baldness tends to occur in specific areas (most typically the hairline, the top and front of the head), when women experience this condition it tends to happen all over the head. This means techniques such as hair implant surgery and steroid injections, which can be effective for targeting bigger areas of hair loss, are not ideally suited to tackle this problem for women, so finding the best hair loss treatment for women is so important.
Old problem, new solutions
We’re hearing more and more about wearable technologies in all walks of life, and there is now a new product aimed specifically at tackling androgenetic alopecia in women known as a laser cap. This clever device is a soft, wearable cap, containing over two hundred laser diodes. When the cap is worm, lasers sent out low level energy which stimulate hair follicles, and in time, can help stimulate hair growth.
This new solution has been widely tested and results are promising. The FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) has recently approved the trademarked LaserCap’s safety credentials, and it is reported to be soft, lightweight and discrete. Not only that, it does not need to be worn all the time – far from it. Producers of the LaserCap recommend that it is worn every couple of days for no more than half an hour at a time.