About Hair Loss
in Women

Is your hair loss permanent? Learn about female-pattern hair loss and the different types of treatment options available.

Female pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia, is the most common form of hair loss in women.

4 out of 10 women experience hair loss by age 40, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Tens of millions of women are affected by hair loss in the United States alone, and more research and technologies are being developed in response. There are some treatments out there, like laser therapy and minoxidil, but the best thing that you can do is be proactive about your hair loss.

The slow, but noticeable, thinning hair can take a toll on how we perceive ourselves. We can start to look at ourselves in the mirror and no longer like who we see, and now our self-esteem is lowered. Our confidence takes a hit, and we feel as if we cannot do what we used to do.

If you are here, that means you have noticed your hair thinning and want to do something about it. Well, you are in the right place. At Capillus, we help reverse the effects of androgenetic alopecia with science, industry-leading expertise and innovative medical technology.

However, it will benefit you if understand what is happening and what the future of your hair loss could look like, so you have a better chance at fighting it.

How to Identify Female Pattern Baldness


For women, there is a chart that you can use to help identify which stage of the hair loss process you are in. This scale is known as the Ludwig-Savin scale, or sometimes known as the Ludwig scale.

Women Hair Loss PatternFemale Pattern Baldness usually starts to show itself around menopause. Hair begins to thin where the hair parts. With Capillus, we call this the medial. Your hair will begin to slowly thin overtime, and although it is rare for women to go completely bald – your hair will be noticeably less saturated and shorter.

Androgenetic alopecia can sneak up on you if you are not careful since you do not normally see the top of your hair. Some women learn about their hair loss from their partner.

This can have a significant impact on women psychosocially. For many women, their hair is way to express themselves, and is a part of their identity. They can style their hair just the way they want too and can serve as an accessory to their overall beauty – according to wider societal norms. It can be heartbreaking to learn that part of what makes you – you are slowly fading. Here at Capillus, we work to restore the essence of you through exceptional hair loss treatments and devices.

Are there any non-surgical options for treatment?


Surgeries can be very expensive. However, you’re in luck. There are a handful of non-surgical treatment options available for preventing and treating mild to moderate hair loss in women. This includes medications, topical solutions, and laser therapy devices.

Medications that you can take include minoxidil and finasteride. These two are FDA approved for hair growth and have been tested and proven to work. Finasteride acts as an inhibitor of what causes miniaturization and minoxidil is a topical vasodilator that promotes more blood and nutrients to flow to the hair follicles. Learn more about how those work here.

Let’s talk about laser therapy devices.

These are unique, in that they use light to help regrow hair. How does that work exactly? We have a whole page on how that works here.

Supplements are a great way to introduce essential nutrients that are great for hair health. Supplements are created with natural ingredients that have been shown to promote hair growth from within. Some of those ingredients include Cynatine HNS, which have been shown to increase the strength and shine of your hair. Other supplements include those that block DHT – one of the culprits behind androgenetic alopecia. At Capillus, we offer both supplements to help you take on thinning hair. We offer our Cynatine HNS supplement Nūrish and our powerful DHT Blocker as a dynamic duo to take on hair loss.

As a quick summary, low-level light therapy, or LLLT, has been used since the 1960s to help treat certain diseases and conditions. However, it was discovered that it also helped with promoting hair growth in exposed regions of the skin and scalp. That technology has been iterated into what we have today.

Follicle Hair Grow Process with LLLT (Low Level Laser Therapy)

The lasers used in these devices are calibrated to emit a specific wavelength of light. In Capillus’ case, we use 650 nanometer light which has a nice red glow. This wavelength kickstarts a process within the mitochondria that produces more energy.

Along with producing more energy, your blood vessels also expand – causing more nutrients and energy to be transported to where it needs to go, like the hair follicle.

This process is safe since all you’re really using is light. The medical-grade lasers used in Capillus caps are nowhere near the strength to cause harm.

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Are there clinical trials that support the efficacy of Capillus?

Yes. Capillus Laser devices only use clinically proven technology. In fact, the premiere laser therapy cap model from Capillus - the CapillusPro model - has been proven effective through an independently reviewed clinical trial for which results have been published in an esteemed medical journal, Dermatologic Surgery. Dermatologic Surgery is a monthly peer-reviewed journal published by American Society for Dermatologic Surgery that deals with the subject matter of dermatology.

The CapillusPro device has been clinically proven in a double-blind clinical study registered on ClinicalTrials.gov and managed by a neutral third party.* Clinical trial data indicated that low-level laser treatment of the scalp for 17 weeks with the CapillusPro device significantly improved hair counts by 51% in study participants who used the active (non-placebo) device. Subjects were able to use the device on a self-treatment, home-use basis. No side-effects of any kind were reported from clinical trial participants. The CapillusPro was proven to be a safe and effective treatment for androgenic alopecia within the appropriate stages of hair loss and skin tones as per FDA clearance.

Please note that the results mentioned above are specifically for the CapillusPro model. There have been no clinical trials to date on the other Capillus models to be able to assert an exact percent of average increase of hair.

*See details of clinical trials at ClinicalTrials.gov

There have also been many other clinical trials that support the efficacy of low-level laser technology for treatment of androgenetic alopecia.

Is Capillus good for use after hair transplant procedures?

Yes, Capillus uses safe, low-level lasers to stimulate, energize, and renew cells within the hair follicle for thicker, healthier hair. It also helps those who’ve undergone a hair transplant procedure to protect the new hair growth. Follow your transplant physician's directions for follicle support after transplant.

Are Capillus products safe for women?

Yes. Unlike some prescription medications for hair loss, Capillus low-level laser therapy (LLLT) products are safe for use by women.

In fact, the convenience and effectiveness of personal LLLT products makes the Capillus products the first choice among many hair restoration surgeons who treat women suffering with thinning, shedding, or balding.

Why should I choose Capillus over other brands of laser therapy caps?

Capillus revolutionized the hair restoration industry with the Capillus laser cap a decade ago by making professional-strength laser therapy available to hair loss patients at home. Capillus was the first laser therapy cap to be cleared by the US FDA for treatment of androgenetic alopecia. Since then, many have tried to imitate. Don't settle when it comes to your hair health.

At Capillus, we prioritize excellence above all else. Capillus caps are designed, engineered and assembled in our US-based, ISO13485-certified facility. We only use the highest quality, medical-grade lasers. Our premium laser caps are backed by our elite Physician Network, FDA clearances, our Satisfaction Guarantee, Manufacturer Warranty, and in-house, expert support. We offer choices in models making our caps affordable. We accept most credit cards and offer several payment options, including various financing options making it more affordable.

What is the difference between lasers and LEDs for hair regrowth?

Capillus laser therapy devices use only medical grade laser diodes as a light source. What does this mean? You get the right amount of light energy exactly where you need it. Capillus uses lasers because the output penetrates deeper, better and is clinically proven to be therapeutic for their specific purpose.

Laser light does not spread as much as LEDs over the same distance, which allows lasers to penetrate tissue to a deeper level with higher concentration. For photobiomodulation therapy, the farther the light is from the target, the less intense and less effective the treatment will be.

For light therapy to be effective, it needs to reach the cells that respond well to photobiomodulation therapy.

LASER stands for Light Amplification by Stimulation of Emitted Radiation. This simply means that a source of light is amplified within a gain medium and emitted in a specific way. LASER produces a very intense beam of light which has the following properties:

  • Monochromatic (meaning it consists of one wavelength)
  • Coherent (meaning all parts are in phase)
  • Collimated (meaning all parts travel in one and same direction)

LED stands for Light-emitting Diode. And it’s pretty much just that. A diode that emits light when electricity passes through it. Often in pretty colors.

LED light can produce collimated light (with a focusing lens) but not coherent light thus they do not concentrate all their power in a coherent beam. Laser diodes by definition produce effective collimated and coherent light output.