Female hair loss is a bit different then in men and it can occurs in more than one pattern. Woman with loss or thinning hair, you should seek professional advice to determine the exact cause.
Female Hair Loss
The good news is that unlike men most symptoms that cause female hair loss can be treated.
The reason women have a different type of hair loos is that they do not lose their hair totally like men. Women hair will typically become thinner where the scalp can easily be seen, this is called “female-pattern alopecia”.
Another big difference in female hair loss is the fact that women will commonly begin to notice thinning hair later in life and will not suffer from any hereditary association. It can start in some cases as early as the late teens or early 20s when hormones begin to change with puberty. If left untreated, hair loss during this phase of life can progress to a more advanced stage of hair loss that could be permanent.
Females can lose hair temporarily for several reasons, for example if there has been a sudden event such as stress, pregnancy or illness.
Self-diagnosis is often misleading and in most cases doesn’t doesn’t stop the hair loss. If you suspect thinning hair or sudden hair fall your always best to monitor all the significant changes in your life and present these to a health professional to help with the diagnosis.
Although women tend to have a less obvious pattern of hair loss than men in the sense their hair only becomes thin it does happen more frequently in women than it does in men.
Often time the main cause of female hair loss is the effects of lack of nutrients to the hair follicle. With a much smaller amount of testosterone in the female body a chemical reaction causes the distribution of DHT which chokes the hair follicles almost to death. This process is called follicle miniaturization. It’s these low levels of DHT which prevent women from developing a completely bald scalp such as men instead their hair just becomes thinner.
In these cases natural DHT blockers can be taken as a supplement to reverse the affects of DHT build up on the follicles.
Different Types Of Female Hair Loss
There are different patterns of female androgenetic alopecia and can look considerably different in appearance. Let’s take a look:
- Thinning of hair over the entire scalp, often with more noticeable thinning toward the back of the scalp.
- Thinning hair over the entire scalp, with more noticeable thinning toward the front of the scalp but not involving the frontal hairline.
- Thinning hair over the entire scalp, with more noticeable thinning toward the front of the scalp, involving and sometimes breaching the frontal hairline.
When follicle miniaturization occurs in the female scalp due to androgenetic alopecia not all the hairs become smaller in diameter as in the case with men. Female hair loss due to androgenetic alopecia tend to have miniaturizing hairs of variable diameter over all affected areas of the scalp.
Keep in mind that while it is very typical for miniaturizing of hairs to be associated with androgenetic alopecia, it may also be associated with other symptoms as well. For example, with post-menopausal women, hair may begin to miniaturize as well. Only the precise diagnosis by a physician can often determine the true cause.
Some Non-Pattern Causes of Hair loss in Women You Should Know
Here are some of the most common causes of non-pattern hair loss in women:
Alopecia areata— a possibly autoimmune disorder that causes patchy hair loss that can range from diffuse thinning to extensive areas of baldness with “islands” of retained hair. Medical examination is necessary to establish a diagnosis.
Telogen effluvium— a common type of hair loss caused when a large percentage of scalp hairs are shifted into “shedding” phase. The causes of telogen effluvium may be hormonal, nutritional, drug-associated, or stress-associated. Loose-anagen syndrome—a condition occurring primarily in fair-haired persons in which scalp hair sits loosely in hair follicles and is easily extracted by combing or pulling. The condition may appear in childhood, and may improve as the person ages. Diagnosis and Treatment
Trichotillomania— compulsive hair pulling. Hair loss due to trichotillomania is typically patchy, as compulsive hair pullers tend to concentrate the pulling in selected areas. Hair loss due to this cause cannot be treated effectively until the psychological or emotional reasons for trichotillomania are effectively addressed.
Triangular alopecia— loss of hair in the temporal areas that sometimes begins in childhood. Hair loss may be complete, or a few fine, thin-diameter hairs may remain. The cause of triangular alopecia is not known, but the condition can be treated medically or surgically.
Scarring alopecia— hair loss due to scarring of the scalp area. Scarring alopecia typically involves the top of the scalp and occurs predominantly in women. The condition frequently occurs in African-American women and is believed to be associated with persistent tight braiding or “corn-rowing” of scalp hair. A form of scarring alopecia also may occur in post-menopausal women, associated with inflammation of hair follicles and subsequent scarring.
For all the woman out there with thinning hair or hair loss, it is always recommended to visit your doctor for diagnoses. Be very careful of some prescription medication as they can cause sexual side effects or increased hair fall.
If your looking for an all natural treatment it’s always best to stick to a proven solution like ProFollica or the new Hair Genesis V. Both of these treatments have been clinically proven to stop Female Hair Loss.