If you have female pattern hair loss, or androgenetic alopecia, any hair loss is permanent. You won't be able to grow back lost hair, but there are clever cosmetic and surgical methods that can camouflage hair loss, and one medicine can help slow down hair loss in some women.
Hereditary pattern hair loss, or androgenetic alopecia, is a common type of hair loss. There is a distinctive pattern of hair loss, and in women it is sometimes also referred to as female pattern hair loss, female pattern baldness or female pattern alopecia.
If you think you have female pattern hair loss, or androgenetic alopecia, in which your hair is thinning on the top of your scalp, your GP can make a diagnosis by taking your medical history and performing an examination.
Our hair can make us look good and feel good, or it can lower our mood on a bad hair day. Losing hair can be a traumatic experience for some men and women. Get facts about your hair.
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Faced with hair loss or thinning hair, some people decide on hair transplants as a way to regain a fuller head or hair.
Medications are designed to treat a variety of health conditions, but sometimes they can have unwanted side effects – including changes to your hair. Certain medicines can contribute to excess hair growth, changes in hair colour or texture, or even hair loss.
Not all chemotherapy drugs have hair loss as a side effect, and a person may lose only some hair, not all of it. Hair can also become brittle with chemotherapy.
Thinning hair and losing hair can be a normal part of ageing or may be due to other causes. Age also makes hair become finer.
Although you can't reverse natural balding, you can protect your hair from damage that may eventually lead to thinning.
Hair loss can be a natural part of ageing, but some people may seek treatment for cosmetic reasons. Treatments can be expensive, unlikely to be available on the NHS, and success is not always guaranteed.
Alopecia areata is a medical condition that causes a person's hair to fall out.
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