Women’s Hair Loss

We tend to think of hair loss as a man’s problem, but women are actually just as likely to lose hair as men.

The causes of women’s hair loss are many and some women have more than one underlying cause. Genetics, hormones, chemicals and many illnesses can all lead to hair loss in women. Women tend to lose hair at the top of the head rather than suffering the receding hairline or thinning on the crown that afflicts men.

A visual inspection will normally indicate hair loss. Women can also look at their brush or pillow to see evidence of lost hairs. It is normal to lose up to 100 hairs a day, so don’t panic about lost hairs, but if thinning is noticeable, a consultation with an FUE specialist may be in order.

Female pattern hair loss or alopecia afflicts some 30 million women and is most common in the 50′s and 60′s but has been detected in women as young as teenagers. A family history of hair loss among women relatives is a good indication of the existence of a genetic condition.

Other factors that can contribute to hair loss in women:

  • Thyroid disorders
  • Anemia
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Skin conditions such as psoriasis
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Excessive vitamin A

Hair care processes that are hard on hair such as dyes, tight braids and heat damage can cause short term hair loss but these are generally reversible.

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We strongly encourage you to schedule a personal consultation with an FUE specialist to discuss your concerns.