female hair loss

Dr David Fenton comments on female hair loss for the Guardian

Female hair loss can be particularly devastating as women often associate long, flowing locks with their feminity. High profile women accepting and embracing hair loss can help make it more acceptable and recently US talk show host Ricki Lake went public with her own 30-year battle with hair loss. Lake put down her hair issues down to the intense hairstyling she inflicted on her follicles during the filming of the 1988 film Hairspray.

Leading London hair loss expert and consultant dermatologist, Dr David Fenton explained to the Guardian that female hair loss can occur for a variety of reasons: “The most common reason is a disturbance in the hair cycle,” says David, a spokesman for the British Association of Dermatologists. “More follicles enter the resting phase as a reaction to something that’s happened in your life, whether it’s fever, weight loss, illness, stress or thyroid dysfunction.” This condition is known as telogen effluvium.

“As long as you can identify the reason for telogen effluvium, it usually grows back,” says Fenton. “Occasionally, it will precipitate the female equivalent of genetic hair loss, which will require long-term therapy to prevent you from losing more hair.”

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