Treating Hair Loss in Women


Luckily female hair loss is not easy to detect. Unlike male hair loss, women start experiencing hair loss when hair falls from the top of the head.

Studies show that losing up to 100-150 hairs per day is normal. Women can’t usually tell if hair thinning is going to be permanent or it is temporary.

Normally, women start experiencing hair loss when they reach the age of forty and above.

Two thirds (66%) of women will have some type of hair loss in their lives. Fifty percent of women get female-pattern baldness. Thinning usually appears around the ages of 25 to 30 or 40 to 50.

It usually starts with the hair shaft becoming thinner and translucent. Then the hair will start to fall out of a rate that is higher than one hundred strands a day.

Causes of Hair Loss in Women

Many factors involve a typical pattern of hair loss in women:

  • Aging
  • Hormone fluctuations
  • Inherited genes
  • Stress
  • Iron deficiency
  • Diabetes
  • Lupus
  • Telogen effluvium

Amongst the most dominant causes of female hair loss is telogen effluvium. This process happens when more hairs go into a “resting phase” and starts to fall. The resting phase can last up between 6-12 weeks and much longer if left untreated.

Stress factors can affect women more than men; therefore rates of hair loss are higher among women if it is stress-related.

Stress factors– such as divorce, death, intense work, or child birth– can lead to temporary hair loss in women, as well. Family history of male and female pattern baldness also play a significant role in female hair loss.

Another contributing factor of female hair loss is traction alopecia. It is a result of too much styling, pulling and tight braiding of the hair.

Braiding the hair tightly can weaken the roots of the hair and may damage the scalp. To prevent such damage, it would be best to just simply wear your hair loose.

If you must braid your hair, avoid pulling it too tightly. Studies show that some chemicals used in hair styling products can damage women’s hair and scalp.

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