For a number of reasons, female hair loss is very different from hair loss among men, typically known as male pattern baldness. While men tend to lose hair in a specific pattern from areas of their scalp, women tend to experience a thinning of hair all over their scalp.
How female hair loss is different from men’s hair loss
The fact is that women rarely go bald or get “the cue ball appearance” that is commonly seen in men, and instead experience the sort of hair loss that is usually very different from male baldness.
While the underlying cause of the hair loss in both men and women may be androgenetic alopecia, which is described as an inherited sensitivity to the effects of androgens (male hormones) on scalp hair follicles, male pattern baldness and female hair loss are different in the following ways –
- Female hair loss can be quite subtle and a woman may not realize that she is losing hair until the hair loss is fairly advanced. So the signs of hair loss are not as noticeable or evident as that of men since the hair thins all over the scalp rather than in any specific pattern. A doctor’s diagnosis may be required to make a diagnosis of hair loss in women.
- The hair loss is diffuse in women; occurring all over the scalp and becoming more noticeable towards the back of the scalp.
- In the alternative the thinning could be the all over kind, but more pronounced towards the front or the top of the scalp; however usually not in the way that men experience a receding hair line.
- While men may start to lose hair as early as their 20’s or 30’s, women do not generally experience hair loss until the age of 50 or older. This is not to say that young women don’t experience hair loss. In some cases women, particularly those who underwent early puberty could experience hair loss as early as their 20’s. This type of hair loss and underlying causes should be indentified and treated so that the situation doesn’t progress and worsen.
- There is a strong genetic element in men’s hair loss. Men are more likely to experience baldness or hair loss if their male relatives such as father, uncles, grandfathers and so on have done so in the past as well.
- Female hair loss generally does not have a miniaturization of hair (hair growing smaller in diameter) in any specific pattern; rather the miniaturization occurs uniformly or randomly all over the scalp.
- The underlying cause for females losing hair may not be alopecia but regular life changes such as the hormonal changes brought about by menopause. Women of this age often find that hair strands become thinner and as such hair becomes difficult to style.
- Over styling, using harsh chemicals and certain hair style could also cause female hair loss
- Sometimes it could be psychological causes that underlie the loss of hair and which manifest in conditions such as trichotillomania which is the compulsive pulling out of hair.
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