Female hair loss occurs in more than one pattern. If you are a woman experiencing the first signs of hair loss, we strongly suggest you seek advice from a Hairlogica hair restoration specialist as soon as possible. We have numerous options available to assist you in the treatment of your hair loss.
In most cases, female hair loss can be effectively treated. If you are a woman who has started to lose scalp hair, you are not alone if:
You are unpleasantly surprised by the hair loss
You don’t understand why you are losing hair
The patterns of hair loss in women are not as easily recognisable as those in men.
Unlike hair loss in men, female scalp hair loss may commonly begin at any age through 50 or later, may not have any obvious hereditary association, and may not occur in a recognisable “female-pattern alopecia” of diffuse thinning over the top of the scalp. A woman who notices the beginning of hair loss may not be sure if the loss is going to be temporary or permanent—for example, if there has been a recent event such as pregnancy or illness that may be associated with temporary hair thinning.
If you are a woman who is worried about loss of scalp hair, you should consult a Hairlogica hair restoration specialist for an evaluation and diagnosis.
Self-diagnosis is often ineffective. Women tend to have less obvious patterns of hair loss than men, and non-pattern types of hair loss are more frequent in women than in men.
In women as in men, the most likely cause of scalp hair loss is androgenetic alopecia—an inherited sensitivity to the effects of androgens (male hormones) on scalp hair follicles. However, women with hair loss due to this cause usually do not develop true baldness in the patterns that occur in men—for example, women rarely develop the “cue-ball” appearance often seen in male-pattern androgenetic alopecia.
Hairlogica outlines that Patterns of female androgenetic alopecia can vary considerably in appearance. Patterns that may occur include diffuse thinning of hair over the entire scalp, often with more noticeable thinning toward the back of the scalp.
Unlike the case for men, thinning scalp hair in women due to androgenetic alopecia does not uniformly grow smaller in diameter (miniaturise). Women with hair loss due to androgenetic alopecia tend to have miniaturising hairs of variable diameter over all affected areas of the scalp. While miniaturising hairs are a feature of androgenetic alopecia, iniaturisation may also be associated with other causes and is not in itself a diagnostic feature of androgenetic alopecia. In post-menopausal women, for example, hair may begin to miniaturize and become difficult to style.
The precise diagnosis should be made by a Hairlogica hair restoration specialist.