Ask the hair expert, Dr Shahid Shamsher….. 

1. Is it possible for a woman to also go bald, because generally we don’t see as many bald women as men?

Women have more hair to begin it. Most women grow hair long and when they tie it up together it is very effective in covering up the scalp. The real thinning shows only when the hair is open. The good thing of course is that most women will have to lose a lot of hair before thinning is visible. The bad news on the other hand is that, by that time most solutions have reduced efficacy.

2. What are the most common reasons for hair loss in women?

Hormonal, Hereditary, and to a lesser extent anemia. Hormonal factors are disorders like Polycystic ovarian Disorders and Thyroid disorders. Anemia and hereditary are hugely underrated causes. Most urban women are under the impression that they are eating well, but what matters is how well you absorb that you eat. Similarly there is still a notion that hereditary hair loss can only happen in men. In fact there are equal chances of the son and daughter getting hereditary hair loss genes from either parent.

3. Does early treatment help in such cases and what about options like hair transplant or weaving?

Early treatment is definitely the more practical choice. It is always more possible to save hair than to try and recover it back later. While hair transplant and weaving are options that are possible, these generally work out better for men. In cases of women, early awareness and adopting practical hair care measures are the key to maintaining long-term control of hair loss.

Dr Shahid Shamsher is a leading Trichologist certified from UK, Australia & India. Practicing since 27 years in the field of Trichology, even today he consults every patient personally himself rather than leave it to assistants. He can be reached on 080 42067474 / 75.

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