Female thinning hair shows in more than one pattern. If you are a woman with thinning hair, you should look for professional advice from a hair restoration specialist. 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 recognizable as those in men. In comparison to men, females do not have any particular genetic relation to hair loss and female hair loss can onset at any age, it does not necessarily appear as known “female pattern hair loss”. 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. In women as in men, the most likely cause of scalp hair loss is Androgenic alopecia (also known as androgenetic alopecia, alopecia androgenetica, alopecia totalis or alopecia areata) – an inherited sensitivity to the effects of androgens (male hormones) on scalp hair follicles. Nontheless, women with thinning hair due to this cause usually do not acquire true baldness in the patterns that occur in men, for instance, women seldom show the “cue-ball” appearance frequently seen in male-pattern androgenetic alopecia. 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.
- Diffuse thinning over the entire scalp, with more noticeable thinning toward the front of the scalp but not involving the frontal hairline.
- Diffuse thinning over the entire scalp, with more noticeable thinning toward the front of the scalp, involving and sometimes breaching the frontal hairline.
It is imperative to note that female pattern hair loss might start as soon as the late teens to early twenties in girls who have went through early puberty. If left untreated, this hair loss associated with early puberty can progress to more advanced hair thinning.
There are many options available for female hair loss treatment such as topical hair solutions and surgical transplants. Nevertheless, operation is very costly and is normally out of the budget for most people. There are highly effective treatments available which can halt hair loss, and reverse it entirely.