Whether you’re just noticing your hair is beginning to thin, or you have been dealing with it for years – you are not alone. Hair loss is common among one in four women. In our society a man can still be brawn when he’s bald, but for women hair loss is a serious confidence-buster and often tied to a health issue, yet it often feels taboo to talk about it!
Hair loss is often stress-related but there can be hundreds of causes such as scars, wounds, burns, surgery, ME, MS, leukemia, cancers, frontal fibrosis, lupus, auto-immune diseases, genetic fining, female pattern hair loss and Alopecia Areata or Totalis or Universalis and traction Alopecia.
Female pattern hair loss (FPHL) is the most common form of women’s hair loss worldwide. It’s often genetically linked and may be inherited from both sides of the family but not in a clearly defined pattern. An average head has up to 150,000 healthy hairs and sheds 100-125 of these a day. FPHL starts becoming visible when more than 100 hairs come out regularly. When the hair is shed by the root, the one that grows in its place can be finer and weaker. FPHL can start as early as puberty but is most commonly seen after menopause.
Alopecia Areata is patchy hair loss on the scalp or body that affects more than 3 million Americans. It can be diagnosed by a doctor or dermatologist to determine treatment, and in some cases Alopecia Areata will improve over time. The condition is unpredictable and could occur over many years. Alopecia Totalis is similar but affects hair loss across the entire scalp instead of patches. Traction Alopecia is caused by compulsive hair pulling, also known as Trichotillomania (TTM).
Pregnancy is an unusual time for hair loss as most women find that their hair is better than ever. The hair cycle consists of rest, shed, grow. Often in pregnancy this cycle ceases so we don’t shed. However, 16 weeks almost to the day many women report heavy hair loss and panic. This however in most cases is simply their hair that hasn’t been shed through pregnancy and in most cases should be no cause for alarm. However, if fine hair is in the DNA some women report that their own hair is significantly reduced through pregnancy and never regains its previous optimum fullness.
Regardless of the type of hair experienced, one should never lose hope as there are plenty of stylish and affordable options such as camouflaging techniques or long-term solutions that can be incorporated into any lifestyle.
Lucinda Ellery is a renowned industry expert with over 30 years’ experience with extensions and women’s hair restoration, pioneering unique solutions for female hair loss and hair thinning. Having experienced it at first hand herself due to a childhood trauma at the age of 10, Lucinda understands the need for women to feel and look comfortable with their image and after observing current practice, so she set about developing techniques for female hair loss management and replacement. The three revolutionary techniques include: Medi Connections™ (targeted hair replacement to boost volume); Intralace system™, (mesh integrated into existing hair) and Intralace Freewear system™ (gauze platform with hair attached)
Lucinda is affectionately known in the celebrity arena as ‘The Queen of Glamorous Hair’ thanks to Lucinda Ellery extensions that have been applied to hair queens such as Barbara Windsor, Cheryl Cole, Katie Price, Peaches Geldof, Sarah Harding and Rachel Hunter. The extensions are made from premium quality Remy Cuticle hair which is 100% human with the hair and roots lined up in the correct direction for a more natural look. Lucinda and her 60 strong team of dedicated specialists between her London, Manchester and Beverly Hills studios are relentless in their appeal for extensions and hair loss management.