Female hair loss and thinning hair: What’s normal and what’s not?

The notion of beauty and femininity is tied up with a woman’s hair so much that losing hair is often a harrowing experience. Hair loss is a subject less openly spoken about in women. As women age, the thinning of their hair is to be expected. However, some hair loss can be prevented. If it can’t be stopped, then acting as soon as possible may help to slow down the progression of the condition.

Female pattern hair loss (FPHL) is less common than male pattern balding but is the most common cause of hair loss in women. The symptoms are similar to those in men. The notable difference is that hair loss in women does not progress from the temples as it does in men.

The cause of FPHL is not entirely known but specialists believe there is a genetic link. Menopause and aging are also thought to be contributing factors. Unlike male pattern balding, hair thinning is all that most women will suffer. In very rare instances, FPHL can lead to permanent hair loss.

Since there are genetic links to the cause of female pattern hair loss, there is no way to prevent it from happening. Minoxidil is a cure that has been proven to work to treat FPHL. The drug is approved by the Food and Drug Administration of the United States, just one of a handful of approved treatments. Treatment is not guaranteed to work for all women but an increasing number of sufferers are finding it works for them.

Although FPHL is the leading cause of hair loss, other types of hair loss in women include the following:

  • Alopecia areata
  • Anagen effluvium
  • Telogen effluvium

The effects of hair loss can be devastating in terms of self-esteem and confidence.

Vinci Hair Clinic provides hair loss treatments for women suffering from different types of hair loss. Treatments include hair transplant surgery as well as alternative treatments for mild hair loss. Check the treatment pages to find out more about the options available as well as getting to know more about the different conditions.

Female hair loss and thinning hair