The American Hair Loss Association states women make up 40 percent of people with thinning hair and balding. As many associate balding as being a complaint men face, women tend to stay quiet. Balding in women leads to poor self-esteem and emotional health. Home care professionals can help improve your mom’s emotional health, but there are other ways to help your mom feel better about her thinning hair.
Causes of Female Pattern Baldness.
There are several reasons women may deal with thinning hair. One is the level of dihydrotestosterone. While testosterone is thought to be a male hormone, women do have dihydrotestosterone. Improper levels of this hormone damage the hair follicle and prevent new hairs from growing as old ones die. While men tend to see balding in specific areas on the head, women tend to develop thin hair all over the scalp. Birth control pills impact hormone levels that can lead to hair loss.
Traction alopecia is one of the most common reasons women develop bald spots. It’s caused by injury to hair follicles that occurs when tight hairstyles are worn day after day for months or years. Tight buns, ponytails, braids, and cornrows are all reasons hair follicles may become damaged.
Ways to Make the Balding Less Noticeable.
There are surgical procedures that graft healthy hair follicles to areas on the head where balding occurs. These surgeries are expensive and take time to complete. Unless your mom really wants to undergo a surgical procedure, this is not likely to be a viable option.
Topical treatments like Minoxidil are more popular. You must find a doctor willing to prescribe the topical treatment to your mom. The medication was first developed to lower high blood pressure, but patients using it were growing hair at a faster rate, so its usefulness in battling baldness became the focus. Per the American Hair Loss Association, 40 percent of the women who use Minoxidil report minimal growth and 18 percent report moderate growth.
Going to a salon is one of the best ways to improve your mom’s self-esteem. Stylists can create hair styles that make it look like there is more hair. If you’re not available to drive your mom to a salon, look into home care services. A caregiver can provide rides and companionship to your mom. Plus, with the help of a home care agency, your mom gains help around the home with cleaning chores. Call a home care agency today to learn more.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Tallahassee, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.