It’s not just men who lose their hair. While men tend to start losing hair on their forehead hairline, women tend to notice hair loss appearing on the top and crown of the scalp. As in men, it may be related to genetics (family history), and it is more commonly seen after menopause. Unlike men, the hair loss does not tend to be total and the front hairline is not usually affected any more than it is in women without hair loss.
Research also shows that there might be a male equivalent of PCOS related to male hair loss. One study found that men with premature male pattern baldness had hormonal profiles similar to women with PCOS and they also had significantly higher insulin resistance. (12) This shows how proper hormone balance in men is also important to health, specifically hair health.
Since women develop hair loss for many reasons (more on that below) and each requires different treatment, it’s wise to consult with a dermatologist, says Wilma F. Bergfeld, senior dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic and past president of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Female hair loss is a symptom of something else occurring in the body. When sudden changes occur, the hair cycle responds accordingly. A sudden drop in weight due to an illness or eating disorder can cause hair to fall out at a rapid pace.
Pumpkin seeds — Pumpkin seeds are one of the top foods high in zinc, which is necessary for healthy hair health. Research has also shown that a zinc deficiency is linked with hypothyroidism and hair loss. (3)
Towels are very rough and have large fibers that break and damage hair very easily. A better solution for drying hair is to use either a cotton T-shirt or a micro-fiber towel, which can be purchased at beauty stores. Instead of rubbing your hair with the T-shirt or micro-fiber towel, pat and squeeze it dry. Hair is very delicate when it is wet, and using this technique will prevent further breakage.
The sexual side effects of Propecia may continue after you stop taking it. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns about these side effects. Propecia may also cause decrease in blood prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels, and can affect the PSA blood test.
If your are opting for a hair transplant, do plenty of research. Go with a hair transplant surgeon who has experience and a ton of positive reviews. Also check forums online what “real” people say about a particular hair transplant clinic or surgeon–the internet is infested with fake reviews.
Instead of concealing hair loss, some may embrace it by shaving their head. A shaved head will grow stubble in the same manner and at the same rate as a shaved face. The general public has become accepting of the shaved head as well, though female baldness can be considered less socially acceptable in various parts of the world.
Another method is to wear a hat or a hairpiece—a wig or toupee. The wig is a layer of artificial or natural hair made to resemble a typical hair style. In most cases the hair is artificial. Wigs vary widely in quality and cost. In the United States, the best wigs—those that look like real hair—cost up to tens of thousands of dollars. Organizations also collect individuals’ donations of their own natural hair to be made into wigs for young cancer patients who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy or other cancer treatment in addition to any type of hair loss.
Hey Neel, that’s a bit odd. It’s usually the other way around. For most, Finasteride works better for regrowing crown hair than the ‘windows peak’. It may be because you may have been receding on your temples only for the last year, yes. Thanks for sharing your update.
A healthy scalp = healthy hair. Simple really. Look for products that help to tone the scalp, like Philip Kingsley’s Scalp Toner, or an exfoliating mask like Kiehl’s Mico-Exfoliating Scalp Treatment to loosen flaky build-up and stimulate growth.
An overwhelming majority of the time the hair is on the scalp, it is growing. Only about 10% of the strands are in transition or resting at any one time. Hair grows about 6 inches a year for most people.
What to do: There are topical creams like minoxidil (Rogaine; $45 on amazon.com) and oral medications such as finasteride (Propecia) that can halt hair loss or even cause some to grow; surgery to transplant or graft hair is also an option.
A: False. Unfortunately, genetic hair loss is a lifelong condition and surgery only alleviates one of the symptoms. You will continue to lose hair but all of the preventative measures we’ve covered above will help slow the process down and strengthen the hair you still have.
Hair loss for men is more straightforward than it is for women. Nearly 90 percent of hair loss cases in men are due to hereditary male pattern baldness. They can almost count it as a certainty if other men in their family have experienced baldness throughout the years. It’s not the same story for women. We’ve already uncovered the various causes for hair loss in women, which are due to a range of conditions and circumstances.
If it’s serious, consider an Rx. Some women are genetically predisposed to female-pattern hair loss, and birth control pills can suppress overproduction of male hormones. At menopause, thinning increases; if you’re on hormone therapy, it may minimize hair loss.
Some professional hair products are made specifically for protection against the sun’s harsh rays (like Paul Mitchell Color Care Color Protect Locking Spray, Wella Sun Protection Spray, Nioxin System 4 Scalp Treatment and Pureology Density Definer Medium Hold Crème Wax).
According to Dr. Robert Nettles, hair loss expert and the founder of Stop and Regrow, the single most common cause of hair loss in women is androgenetic alopecia, also known as female pattern hair loss.
Almost one in 10 women aged 20 through 49 suffers from anemia due to an iron deficiency (the most common type of anemia), which is an easily fixable cause of hair loss. You doctor will have to do a blood test to determine for sure if you have this type of anemia.
Birth control pills are a form of contraception that works by suppressing ovulation and/or making it more difficult for a fertilized egg to implant into the lining of the uterus. The hormones that make birth control pills effective may also cause hair thinning in women who use them. You are more likely to experience this side effect from birth control pills if you have a family history of hair loss. Women may also lose hair when they stop taking the pill. Hormones are not the only medication that may be associated with hair loss. Blood thinners and blood pressure medications may do it, too. So can drugs used to treat depression, heart disease, and arthritis.
Hair is one of the first things people notice about us when we meet them. Hair conveys aspects about your style and personality. Throughout their lives, particularly as they age, hair care may become even more important for women. Some researchers found that beginning in the late 20th century, perceptions about old age began to shift. It became increasingly important for older women to have groomed, managed hair to avoid negative perceptions related to aging. Some women begin to experience hair loss as they age, particularly during menopause. It can be distressing and negatively affect self-esteem, but there are many strategies and treatments to manage hair loss in women. The medical term for baldness is alopecia. Complete baldness of the scalp is alopecia totalis. Continue reading to learn more about hair loss causes and treatment strategies in women.
Eat a well-balanced diet that includes quality protein, healthy fats, and green leafy vegetables. Wash your hair every third day. Apply olive or coconut oil hair treatment masks before washing it. can leave the olive oil treatment overnight. Exercise and trim your hair every 6 to 8 weeks to keep it healthy and strong.
There’s a common pattern with socially constructed beauty norms. Society insists women do a ridiculous thing to look good (see: unnaturally small waists; looking awake and vibrant 24/7; heels as standard formalwear.) Women, being people, clamber to find short-cuts to accomplish said thing as easily as possible (see: corsets; makeup; removable heels.) The arms race continues until the norm goes away (see: menswear-for-women) or a harder-to-imitate beauty trend emerges (balayage).