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Do Men Really Get More Hair Loss Than Women?
by April Maguire
When you think of someone dealing with hair loss, you probably think of a man. But should you? Believe it or not, almost half of the people who lose their hair are women.
That's right. According to the most recent statistics, women account for 40 percent of all hair loss sufferers, and when you break down the numbers further, the gender gap gets even smaller. While 65 percent of men experience a noticeable amount of thinning or loss by the age of 60, a whopping 80 percent of women start to lose their hair by the same age.
So maybe it's time we stop thinking about hair loss as a male-dominated issue. And to combat the problem, let's look at why women lose their hair and steps that they can take to fix it.
By far, the number-one reason that women's hair starts to thin is androgenic alopecia. Commonly, this condition is referred to as male-pattern baldness, but it happens to women too. Unlike men though, who lose their hair along their front hairline and on the crown of their heads, women dealing with androgenic alopecia experience patches of thinness all over their heads.
Unfortunately, there is no easy solution for this type of hair loss. Recently, released a formulation for women that some have found helpful. Alternatively, a new procedure involving injecting platelet-rich plasma into the scalp has show promise at reversing hair loss, although it's fairly expensive.
Your hair follicles are far more sensitive than you may realize, and putting excess pressure on them to stop producing new hairs. That's when traction alopecia comes into play. This type of hair loss is typically experienced by women who wear their hair in styles that are too tight, such as braids, ponytails, or cornrows. In fact, even regularly wearing extensions can put an overwhelming amount of strain on the follicles. Luckily though, the solution to this type of hair loss is easy. Simply start wearing your hair in more relaxed styles, and your hair should start to grow back.
Even though you may love your hair, your body considers it non-essential. So when your hormone or nutrient levels are severely off balance, your hair is likely to suffer. Women who experience this type of hair loss typically suffer from a thyroid disorder, iron-deficiency anemia, or they're not giving their bodies the nutrients they need, often as a result of improper dieting. To correct these problems, visit your doctor, see what may be inhibiting your hair growth, and come up with a plan to reverse it.
It's time to stop the myth that hair loss is a problem only men face. Women are at nearly the same risk for hair loss, so they need to know the most common causes as well as the most effective solutions.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about hair loss and how to treat it, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!