Alopecia also affects women other than men, especially after menopause. However, scalp diseases, even though rare, affect anyone irrespective of their gender. Thinning of hair and losing patches of hair is found in almost 2/3 women today according to a Harvard study and the negative impacts are far greater than men. Also, it tends to lower the confidence level because of the beauty standards of the era. Though many tend to accept their condition, so many women want to find a solution with the lowest to no side effects.
Also known commonly as the Female/ male pattern baldness is a hair loss condition that occurs in women and men at the same rate. However, the areas of the scalp which are affected are a bit different. Men lose hair at the cerebral portion going towards the temples while in females the hair loss occurs where the hair partition is especially at the top of the head at the mid partition. Though women do not go completely bald, losing hair causes distress and social anxiety in women.
Causes of hair loss in women:
Women go through a lot of physical changes in their life; puberty, pregnancy, menopause, hormonal imbalance due to physical or emotional stress, postpartum depression, miscarriage, etc. All these factors contribute to hair loss in women. Dermatologists may give you serums and lotions for scalp and hair but you cannot continue them forever. The anxiety which is causing hair loss increases with the hair loss and thus emotional support groups might not be able to completely eradicate the problem, especially if the stress has caused hormonal changes in the female body. This can be frustrating but at the same time you cannot avoid meeting people all the time now, can you?
Hair life cycle:
Follicles are the hair-producing pores and nourishment of the follicles is necessary to keep them going. New hair starts growing from your scalp and grows for about 8 years, that is the time where proper nourishment is required by your hair, so it can grow as long as possible. After that, in the next phase papilla, which is responsible for giving nutrients to your hair, starts leaving the follicle and the hair moves towards the last phase which means 90 days and you lose the hair. After all, it can no longer grow or stay in place because its grip loosens from the follicle.
Though hair experts have spent years studying how the human scalp works, some things are natural and cannot be avoided at all. Infections, skin diseases, inflammation, iron deficiency, and scalp acne are natural and can occur at any time. There are no vaccines to save you from them. But there are solutions and finding the right one is upon you.
Is hair transplantation an optimal solution?
Apart from it being quick and effective, unfortunately, it is not an optimal solution. It has side effects and can do potential harm if the surgery is done by an unprofessional. The new hair might react with the follicles causing you to lose existing hair and worsen the situation when you start losing skin and it turns out bleeding. Yes, that happens! Also, matching shade will be a difficult task and the structure of your hair may vary from the one transplanted. It means more styling, more heat, and more hair loss. So, being a widely adopted procedure, it does not always give 100% accurate and needed results.
Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP):
In this procedure, the scalp without hair is injected with semi-permanent, clinically approved ink. This gives the hair a dense look and the visible scalp areas are covered and appear to be full with hair. Just like tattooing, it is far less painful and no invasions occur into your skin. Also, it has no side effects and your hair looks as natural as they could giving you a younger appearance.
Duration of procedure:
It is just a procedure similar to having a tattoo. It doesn’t matter if your hair is long or short, you just decide the shade and can start right then. The procedure takes about 60-90 minutes in one sitting and for perfect results, you can opt for 3 sessions at max. They blend in with your skin and there is no need for dying them or style them separately because it becomes a part of your scalp. Also, the procedure duration varies according to the expert's advice for specific clients.
Does it work for long hair?
Yes, it does. SMP is a procedure for your scalp, not for your hair. They are infused into the hairline and stay there for months until you go for a new procedure. It does not depend upon the length of your hair; it only assures the customers of a natural look with proper hair distribution.
For those who think it is painful:
It is not painful at all. Because of it being non-invasive and semi-permanent, it does not go that much deep in your scalp as a tattoo does. The experts treat your scalp with numbing serums so you just feel like a vibration sensation while all the procedure is done. To some, it may also feel like getting a head massage.
If it is semi-permanent, how long can it last?
Don’t worry, it does not last for only a few weeks but years. If you take proper care it can last from 1 to 2 years but you have to have proper maintenance and should not use hard chemicals on your scalp to negate the effect. But yeah, you can dye your hair if you want to.
Don't get confused, ask directly:
Female pattern baldness can refrain women from leading a confident life and socializing as they want to. There are many options available offering you the same service but a credible and reputable source makes a difference. Don’t worry if you are confused where to find one, we have the solution for you. You just have to ask us. If you think you are losing hair due to any reason, contact us and our SMP expert will schedule a FREE consultation with you