Permanent Female Hair Loss

The Causes

There are many variations of permanent hair loss, and a number of possibilities as to what causes it. Dealing with hair loss has a deep psychological and emotional impact on a woman’s well-being, which is why it is important to know both the root cause and the solutions available to you. We’ll be discussing the most common causes of permanent female hair loss and the hair loss management techniques we offer.

Female Pattern Hair Loss

Female pattern hair loss (FPHL), also known as Androgenetic Alopecia, is the most common form of women’s hair loss globally. It occurs most commonly after the menopause though it can start earlier. It is caused by diffuse thinning of the hair, usually on top of the scalp, as the hair follicles gradually produce finer and shorter hair and eventually stop production altogether. It is caused by genetic and hormonal factors.

Top view of women suffereign female pattern hair loss

Lichen Planopilaris

LPP is a rare inflammatory condition that results in patchy permanent hair loss on the crown and vertex. It occurs by destroying the hair follicle and replacing it with scarring. The cause of Lichen Planopilaris is unknown, but it could be connected to the body’s immune system.

Woman with Lichen Planopilaris showing patchy hair loss

Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia

Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia, also known as Scarring Alopecia or Cicatricial Alopecia, causes hair loss at the front of the head, resulting in a receding hairline. It is caused by the immune system attacking the hair follicles, leaving scaring behind, but why it is concentrated at the front of the head is unknown. It occurs mostly in postmenopausal women but can occur earlier.

Two women with Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia showing receding hair line

Permanent Female Hair Loss: The Solutions

 Intralace System™

Designed for women with moderate to severe hair loss or thinning, this is our pioneering hair replacement prosthesis. The Intralace System™ is attached to the scalp over the area of hair loss. Any existing hair is carefully teased through the panels, which are made from ultra-fine mesh, and then additional human hair is added to it to completely disguise any hair loss. The result is undetectable and you’ll have complete freedom of activity – no more hiding indoors on windy days or avoiding going swimming with the family

Before and after pictures showing the use of the Intralace System

Intralace Minima™

The Intralace Minima™ is specifically designed for women with permanent thinning or hair loss at the fringe, parting and crown area. The system fully integrates with any existing hair – it looks, feels, and acts like your own hair. It requires around eight appointments per year in order to adjust to the hair’s natural growth and keep it in the correct position.

Before and after pictures showing the use of the Intralace Minima

The Intralace Freewear System™

The Intralace Freewear System™ is most suited to clients with total hair loss. It is a great option if you are looking for an alternative to a wig. The Intralace Freewear System™ is held in place with medical-style tape and a liquid adhesive that is kind to the skin. With this hair loss solution, you can choose whether you want a natural parting or side hairline panels. You can sleep, wash and dry your hair as if it was your own – this brilliant wig alternative allows you real freedom. The Intralace Freewear System™ is super simple to use and you can even replace the adhesive and tape at home by yourself.

Before and after pitctures showing the Intralace Freewear System

Here at Lucinda Ellery, we’ve been providing 21st century hair loss management and hair replacement solutions exclusively for women who want to look and feel incredible. We’re invested in getting our client’s confidence back and giving them their dream locks once more. If you would like to book a FREE confidential consultation to discuss your options, simply pop us a message on Facebook or contact us here.

The Lucinda Ellery Team x

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How to deal with Post Pregnancy Hair Loss

During pregnancy most women will experience a fuller head of hair, however, along with your little bundle of joy comes some other rather trying factors of having a baby. Along with the common sleep loss and mood swings, you may notice that your hair begins to shed, or even that clumps of hair are falling out. Don’t panic! This is very common and you’re not alone.

85-95% of your hair is in the growth phase at any time, and during pregnancy your body will experience huge levels of estrogen and progesterone which will lengthen this growth phase, resulting in thicker hair. However, after pregnancy you hair isn’t always so kind to you. Your hair will remain in the resting phase for an average of 3 months before it starts to shed and new growth starts. Normally you would lose an average of 80 hairs a day, however, new mums can lose a massive 400 hairs a day.

Mother and baby

How to cope

There are several things you can do at home that will benefit your hair during these months. Reducing stress (sometime difficult when raising a newborn!) in general and where possible will help. Remember, stressing and worrying about losing hair won’t help you, you’re not alone and this will most likely pass like the other slightly favourable elements of pregnancy.

Keeping a healthy diet with lots of protein, more nourishing shampoo and conditioner, and using a brush that won’t stress or pull your hair will also help to decrease the likelihood of your locks shedding. Don’t be afraid to shampoo often either, there is a common misconception that washing your hair regularly increases hair loss but this isn’t necessarily the truth. In fact, the frequency at which you wash your hair shouldn’t have an impact on the amount of hair you lose at all. Boosting the blood flow to your scalp, also recommended by many, can help to feed your roots, promoting growth. You can do this by massage, using kneading motions on your scalp for 2-3 minutes every morning.

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How Lucinda Ellery can help you

We understand that raising a baby can be stressful enough without the added trauma of hair loss, which is why we’re here to help you. If you find that your post pregnancy hair loss has surpassed the norm, and are worried about bald patches or thinning of your hair, we have a variety of treatment options.

The Intralace System is commonly used for those suffering with larger areas of hair loss, whilst our Medi Connections are a great solution to hide areas of thinning that won’t affect already existing hair. The Intralace Minima is another that is perfect for those with thinning or hair loss at the fringe, parting and crown area. With more than 30 years of experience with the systems we have, we can help you to find the perfect treatment for you, so you can care for your little one and have one less thing to worry about.

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Our friendly teams can boost your hair and your confidence, so start your Lucinda Ellery journey by booking a FREE consultation today. (Link is to our London Studio – other studios also available from the contact menu)

We’ll confidentially discuss your hair loss, and chat about the best treatment option to suit your hair.

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Female Pattern Hair Loss: The Facts

Up to 40 percent of all hair loss sufferers are women. With hundreds of conditions to contend with, losing your hair can be a daunting and terrifying experience. Famous actors and celebrities like Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Vin Diesel make hair loss look fashionable. Whilst women, on the other hand, tend not to opt to totally shave their head, even when they’re suffering with a hair loss condition like Female Pattern Hair Loss. Often leaving them with widening partings, limp hair and suffering self-confidence.

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What Is Female Pattern Hair Loss?

Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL) or, as it’s more widely known, Androgenetic Alopecia is the most common form of women’s hair loss globally, with over 8 million people in the UK suffering with it in some form. It can start as early as puberty, but occurs most commonly after the menopause. FPHL is a genetic condition and is inherited from one or sometimes both parents, and can be triggered by hormones at any time after puberty. The hair starts to thin around the front, top and crown areas of the scalp and can vary in intensity, leaving some people with areas of thinner hair.

example of thinning hair

How Female Pattern Hair Loss Is Triggered

The first signs of FPHL are often the widening in the parting or the noticeable feeling that your hair isn’t as thick or as full as usual. Female Pattern Hair Loss increases with age, with fewer than 50 percent of women having a full head of hair their entire life. There are various triggers for FPHL, the most common being genetics. The gene is usually passed down from parents and family members, but can lay dormant for years before becoming active. Medication, stress, illness and other forms of Alopecia can also be triggers of the condition.

results of using the Intralace System

How To Deal With Female Pattern Hair Loss

There are plenty of options to try which will enable you to live a happy life, with healthy hair. We can treat hair loss from the early stages, as well as the more severe cases. Our range of safe and easy-to-wear hair systems allow you to live life comfortably with the hair you’ve always dreamt of. Medi-Connections are perfect for minimal cases, with the Intralace System being the choice for more severe cases.

We understand that living with a hair loss condition is no easy task and something no one should have to contend with. But there are some simple ways you can make the whole process a little easier. The first step is remembering your family and friends are there for you – don’t suffer in silence. Many people try and hide their condition from the people they love. because often they think it’s a burden, but the more you talk about it, the easier it will be to handle. There are thousands of groups and sites you can visit where you can talk to like-minded people, who are going through similar situations to yourself.

If it’s not yourself but someone you know who is going through a tough hair time, make sure you’re there if they need you. Pop in to see if they’re okay, message them with words of support, or come along with them to one of our studios. We’re sure they will appreciate it.

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How Lucinda Ellery Can Help You

Our aim is to make sure our clients leave our studios feeling a million dollars. Our friendly teams and welcoming studios are on hand to give the very best treatment for your condition, all in complete confidentiality. Your experience will start with a FREE consultation that allows you to talk about your condition, and allows us to assess the situation and work out the best treatment for you. We often opt for the Intralace System or Medi-Connections for Female Pattern Hair Loss cases.

If you’re still unsure about anything we have mentioned or have more questions about Female Pattern Hair Loss, don’t hesitate to drop us a message over on our Facebook page. And don’t forget, you’re never alone!

The Lucinda Ellery Team x

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Recognising the Early Signs of Female Hair Loss

Hair loss can be triggered at any age and there are a vast amount of conditions out there, meaning sometimes it’s hard to understand what’s going on or what is wrong. There are some simple steps you can follow to understand whether you are losing your hair and why.

hair on a hairbrush

Shedding – normal or not?

The average person sheds between 100 – 150 strands of hair a day, a lot more than people think, so simply seeing hair in the plughole doesn’t necessarily mean there’s something wrong. However if you feel like you’re losing more than this or your hair is getting thinner, and are seeing larger amounts in the shower or when brushing/styling your hair then this can be an early sign that something isn’t right.

Women’s hair can often go through temporary periods of change, caused by hormonal swings, stress, or illness, and will often return to normal in a few weeks; so there’s no need to worry straight away, but you should keep a close eye on it and if it persists then you should investigate further.

Pay attention to your parting…

Your parting can often be one of the first areas of your hair to change, if your parting is widening and you’re finding it hard to cover up, then this is likely to be an early sign that shouldn’t be ignored.

…and your parents

Hair loss can be genetic, so it is also worth tracing back through your family history to see if this could be one of the causes. Did an aunt or a grandmother have very thin hair earlier than might be expected? Or did someone on the family wear wigs?

If there’s no record of hair loss in the family but you’re losing thickness or finding areas where your hair is disappearing then it’s best to seek medical advice to find out if there is a clinical cause, such as thyroid or hormonal problems, before taking any further action.

Thinning, receding, or patchy loss?

Take careful note of the type of loss you are noticing, so you can clearly describe it to your GP or any other professional you speak to. Maybe even take photographs so you and they can assess how matters are progressing. You may know how your hair looked or where the hair line was a few months ago but they are only seeing it as it is now.

  • Is your hair getting thinner overall but is otherwise normal?
  • Is your hair line receding? And is it at the front or the sides?
  • Are there patches where the hair is falling out and/or not regrowing or growing back much thinner than usual?
  • Is there any inflammation of the scalp?
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Some examples of thinning and patchy hair loss

Where to turn next?

If there is a clear medical reason for your hair loss then there may well be a treatment available which will return your hair to normal along with your health. However there is much that is not understood about the causes of hair loss and what can trigger it, so if your GP can’t offer any help then you may have to request a referral to a Trichologist for further enquiry. Sometimes unfortunately a diagnosis doesn’t offer prospects of a cure – for instance Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia (characterised by severe receding of the front hairline) is currently considered irreversible and you have to turn your attention to ways of disguising your hair loss in order to look your best.

Hair problems solved

Those same ladies after coming to see us

This is where we come in. As well as advising you on your level and type of hair loss or who to speak to medically, we have vast experience of using a variety of different techniques to make your hair look normal and healthy– from simple styling ideas for mild loss, through scalp make-up, ultra-fine hair extensions to add body, right through to full 24/7 hair systems to augment or even completely replace your hair. We’ll give you as many options as we can to suit your needs and lifestyle.

In the next post we’ll discuss the different types of hair loss, how they progress and how best to handle them. In the meantime if you’d like to speak to us or come in for a free consultation we’d be happy to hear from you. Call our London number – 0208 741 8224 – or one of our other studios across the UK or drop us an enquiry through one of our contact forms on our main UK site.  If you’re in the US then please visit our US website – studios in Los Angeles and New York.

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International No-Pulling Week – getting the message out there

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Last week, we continued a new tradition we’ve had in place for the past few years by hosting ‘International No Pulling Week’.

The week looks to raise awareness of a condition called Trichotillomania, or TTM for short, which affects around 110 million people worldwide. We think it’s staggering that so many people around the world are touched by TTM yet so few seek treatment for it – latest figures estimate that this is less than 1 in 10. The condition is actually more common than bulimia and No Pulling Week helps us to raise awareness of this little-known problem.

For those of you who aren’t too sure what TTM is, it is a disorder where sufferers feel compelled to pull out hair from their head, eyelashes, or even body to deal with personal emotion, stress, anxiety. It can be described as a ‘coping’ mechanism and, as I like to call it, a method of ‘self-calming’.

I have worked for 25 years to find ways to lessen the impact that TTM has on women’s lives. Like any condition of this kind, it is worse when sufferers are feeling anxious, stressed or lacking in self-confidence; so by having fabulous looking hair, we can try and minimize these feelings and offer hair styling and support in a safe environment.

Katie Neiman

Katie Neiman

Therefore with all the above in mind, we wanted to ensure International No Pulling Week got the attention it deserved in the media – you may have seen some of the pieces on our Twitter and Facebook channels but we were thrilled with the debate it raised. We kicked off the week with two pieces in Ok and Look, with the latter featuring one of our ladies who we’ve been working with for a while – Katie Neiman telling her story about how she first started pulling when she was at university. She also told her inspirational story on the Daily Express Online.

Phoebe Ottomar

Phoebe Ottomar

Another client who sought our help was Phoebe Ottomar – just 19 years old, Phoebe started pulling out her hair at the tender age of 8, and her incredibly brave story was featured on the likes of the Mail Online, Cosmopolitan online as well as in Phoebe’s local newspapers.

 

A very special mention also needs to go to Charlie Suggett – aged 25, Charlie came into our London studio to film a piece for Channel 5 News. The health reporter, Catherine Jones, spent a few hours at our studio, interviewing Charlie and hearing how TTM had affected her, while I talked about how our pioneering Intralace system can make a difference – if you haven’t seen the piece already, make sure you watch it here.

While International No Pulling Week has now drawn to a close for another year, our work to continue to help women with Trichotillomania continues. As I’ve outlined, for many women, the first, and biggest step is admitting to themselves that they have a problem so if anyone reading this thinks they might suffer from TTM or knows someone who needs help or advice, don’t suffer in silence – please visit the Trichotillomania pages on our main site.

Lucinda

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Hello Autumn…

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The mansion for the photo shoot

We are looking back today at the great month that September really was, wishing farewell to the British summer and welcoming the autumn with open arms. It has been something of a busy month here at the Lucinda Ellery head quarters with our Bristol studio in full swing, the photo shoot for our new extension site completed and with international no pulling week on the horizon I must say the buzz in our studios has been somewhat electric!

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The photo shoot team

We are updating our extension website and we are super excited about this, so excited in fact that we want to tell you all about it now! We have been looking into our extension offerings for some time now and with an array of extensions on the menu, including micro rings (for certain types of hair), skin wefts and Medi connections (for fine hair); we now want to give you a site which shows you just what they can really do for your look and style. In order to get the shots we wanted we hired the most stunning country home as the location which ensured we had the most amazing backdrops to showcase our fabulous extensions.

The Lucinda Ellery team were on hand to ensure the 5 models chosen for the shoot had hair to die for, Buster Knight (make up artist to the celebs) was also on hand to ensure they were picture ready and Lucinda herself was there styling the models with the right dresses and jewels to match. Xfactor’s Chloe Jasmine was also in attendance offering hints and tips from a modelling point of view, invaluable to us all. All in all it was a great team effort which has resulted in some outstanding pictures of which we are very proud. We hope you all enjoy the new site which should be up and running in the very near future. Here is a sneak peak of what happened on the day…

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Bristol now open full-time

bristol-team-360In addition to the excitement of our new site is the news that our amazing Bristol studio is up and running full time! The city, the team, the studio all ensures that our new location is one of our best yet! The team, currently being managed by long standing Lucinda Ellery team member Claudia, is in true Lucinda Ellery style, one of the most welcoming teams with their priority being to ensure that all our clients leave with a smile on their face! If you haven’t been to see us yet then you must! We look forward to welcoming you into our Bristol studio.

Opening times of our Bristol studio:

Tuesday – Friday 9.15 am – 6.30 pm and Saturday 10.15 am – 5.30 pm
Lucinda Ellery Bristol, 58 Pembroke Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3DT

Book your next appointment at our Bristol Studio by giving us a call on: 0117 905 1160

Save the Date!! 1ST – 7TH October
INTERNATIONAL NO PULLING WEEK

www.nopulling.org/

Raising awareness of Trichotillomania (TTM)

International No Pulling Week is aimed at educating people about TTM to help alleviate the suffering women go through in isolation and highlight the effects this secret syndrome can have on millions of women around the world.

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“I have worked daily, for over 30 years, with the most amazing women who sadly struggle with a hair pulling disorder called Trichotillomania (TTM). I believe that not only can women live and survive with TTM, but they can also thrive. One of the joys of working with these women is witnessing them, with the right help, become pull free. These women are then able to cope with their TTM with the love and support from their family and friends, not to mention me of course. Let’s make this International No Pulling Week all about spreading the word, educating people, and sharing this week with somebody you care for and love. A problem shared is a problem halved.”
Lucinda Ellery

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