You have probably seen or at least heard of the hit television series “Mad Men.” Actress January Jones, who portrays a character from the TV show, recently stated her hair is falling out. 35 year old Jones has dyed her hair throughout her career changing back and forth from blonde, brunette and redhead. She suggests that excessive coloring may be the cause of her hair loss. While it may seem to be the coloring that is causing the lost, few studies have been done to prove this with the improved coloring techniques of today. In fact it may be the repeated bleaching of the hair which damages the hair and luckily rarely damages the follicular bulbs. Years ago some dyes were implicated in permanent hair loss, but all those were withdrawn from the American markets and are not seen at the present. She is not the first female celebrity to experience this type of hair loss, as you may have read our blog about Lady Gaga’s hair loss due to repeated chemical dye application.
At the Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research, our board certified dermatologists specializing in hair loss, always first identify the cause of hair loss to accurately determine a treatment strategy for our patients. For women, hair loss can be caused by the over-treatment or dying of hair, however, this is usually only temporary if hair coloring is stopped. Women who also wear certain hairstyles such as tight braids and weaves may observe hair loss called traction alopecia which can result in permanent hair loss with prolonged tension on the scalp. The most common cause of women’s hair loss is female pattern baldness(genetic predisposition), but other causes include the aforementioned over treatment and styling of hair as well as hormonal changes, stress, illness, certain medications, childbirth and surgery.
For women experiencing hair loss, there are both non-surgical and surgical options for hair restoration. Topical Minoxidil, more commonly known as Rogaine®, can help prevent further hair loss. Our board certified dermatologists specializing in hair restoration, Drs. Griffin and Curtis, may also suggest other treatments including red light therapy, including LaserCap™ our newest laser hair treatment and certain compound prescriptions or shampoos depending on your unique case. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is also receiving much press regarding its ability to heal scalp inflammation in addition to treating females with patterned loss. For women with severe hair loss, hair restoration surgery may be an option if there is an adequate donor region.
For more information about women’s hair loss or to schedule a consultation, please call our office. Connect with the Griffin Center on Facebook and Twitter for the latest hair restoration news and information.