Types of Female Hair Loss
There are several different types of hair loss that women experience. And by age 50, about 40 percent of women experience some noticeable hair loss. So, if you are experiencing this, know that you are not alone.
The hair loss that women experience is usually more diffuse than what men experience. Women just feel like their hair is getting thinner—their ponytail isn’t as thick or their part looks wider.
Androgenetic hair loss:
Androgenetic or androgenic hair loss is the most common type of female hair loss. This type of hair loss starts with a genetic predisposition to it that is out of your control, and it is manifested with different environmental influences that turn genes on and off, a process that is not well understood.
So, this type of hair loss is driven by hormonal changes. The hair loss is a result of a changing balance of hormones in the body. The problem could be an increase in androgens, a decrease in estrogens, or just some imbalance between the two.
On the scalp, follicles miniaturize and lose nourishment through their blood vessels. Usually, there is the presence of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the scalp just like with men experiencing hair loss. So, the hairs become thinner, more sparse, and eventually fall out.
This is a type of hair loss that can happen to men or women at any time during their lives. It’s actually an auto-immune disorder, and it manifests itself as small round bald patches where hair falls out in random areas.
Telogen effluvium occurs when there is some shock to the body that changes how hair growth moves from phase to phase. Instead of losing the typical 100 hairs per day, a woman could drop a lot of hair at a time. This can happen following childbirth, for example, or major surgery. The condition is usually temporary and fairly common, but it can come and go or wax and wane for a long time.
Traction or tension alopecia:
This type of hair loss primarily affects women, and it is due to a continuous severe strain on the hair follicles by some tight hairstyle. You see it sometimes in supermodels. If you pull on the hair follicles hard for a long period of time, it damages the follicles, and eventually, the hair can fall out. For that reason, we always say never to wear a severe hairstyle where your hair is pulled hard in any one direction.
The good news is that there are all kinds of treatments today for hair loss for women. Treatments that work. There are oral drugs, topical drugs, Low-Level Laser Therapy caps (LLLT), shampoo that blocks DHT, and plenty of things you can do yourself at home to help your hair. So, don’t suffer in silence. Let us help you today.
Anyone suffering from sudden and significant hair loss should see his or her family doctor, but we are here for you when you’re ready to start treatment for hair loss.
If you have any questions about treatment for hair loss or any of our products, we encourage you to call us directly at (844) 280-4680.