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Female Hair Loss: Causes and Solutions
by April Maguire
Although hair loss is typically thought of as a problem for men, it’s an issue for women as well. In fact, according to some estimates more than 40% of women lose a noticeable amount of hair by the time they hit the age of 40, meaning the problem is very real. But what is the underlying cause of female hair loss and are there any surefire ways to cure it?
What Causes Hair to Thin?
The hair on your head goes through three distinct phases. First, there’s the anagen phase, where the hair actually grows up through the follicle. Then comes the catagen phase, wherein the follicle shrinks and the hair stops growing. And finally, there’s the telogen phase, where the hair is pushed out, and the follicle enters a brief resting period before starting the process all over again.
Typically, your hair thins when follicles produce hair that is increasingly smaller in diameter, until the follicles stop producing hair altogether. This thinning process is known as androgenetic alopecia, and it’s a genetic disorder that is typically inherited. Additionally, women can also cause their hair to fall out by engaging in practices that damages and weakens it. For example, pulling your hair back into tight ponytails on a daily basis, too-frequent dying or using excessive heat when styling can all cause your hair to fall out.
What Are the Solutions?
Because there are so many causes for female hair loss, it can be difficult to pin down a solution. If you’re experiencing hair loss, then the easiest thing to do is give your follicles a break. Try wearing your hair in looser, less damaging styles, or skip your next dyeing appointment. Just let your hair naturally rebound for a little while and see if that allows it to grow back.
If the cause for your hair loss is androgenetic alopecia, then there are over-the-counter products that you can buy. Rogaine now comes in a formula for women, but any topical product that uses a chemical known as minoxidil can help to stem the tide of hair loss. Unfortunately, the results for these products vary, but a lot of women do find success with them.
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman. Hair loss and the social stigmas that come with it can be stressful for anyone. If you’ve noticed that your hair isn’t as thick as it used to be, then you can always talk to your doctor about possible hair loss solutions.
If you or someone you know would like more information about hair loss and how to treat it, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!