Hair loss is primarily thought to be a men’s issue, but according to a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, it affects approximately 40% of women by age 50. Unfortunately, women are so embarrassed that they never go to a doctor. Male hair loss is so openly discussed and treated, but women tend to suffer in silence. When a woman starts to realize she is shedding more hair than usual, she may feel like she is losing part of her identity with each falling strand. Society convinces women that long, full hair is the ideal standard of beauty. It’s 2022 and we want to shed some light on shedding – especially female hair loss, why it happens, and what you can do about it.
Hair Loss in Women
Hair loss often takes a greater emotional toll on women than men because it’s less socially acceptable. Alopecia, the term used for hair loss, can substantially impact a woman’s emotional health and quality of life.
The main type of hair loss in women is called androgenetic alopecia. In women, androgenetic alopecia starts with a gradual thinning at the line where the hair is parted. Next is an increasingly diffuse hair loss that radiates from the top of the head. Unlike men, a woman’s hairline rarely recedes. Women rarely become bald, but the hair does thin significantly.
Causes of Female Hair Loss
There are many possible causes of hair loss in women. Some of these causes are medical conditions, certain medications, physical stress, and emotional stress. If you notice you’re losing more hair than usual, make an appointment with your primary care provider or a dermatologist to determine the cause. If need be, ask for a referral to a therapist or support group as it can take a toll on your emotional health. Hair loss in women is frustrating, but there are resources available for coping with the problem and restoring hair.
How Much Hair Loss is Considered Excessive
If you are losing more than 100 hairs a day or noticing clumps falling out, this hair loss could be considered excessive shedding. Shedding is not permanent hair loss. The hair will regrow in the hair follicle. The difference between shedding and hair loss is with hair loss, the follicle stops producing hair.
Excessive hair shedding can occur due to stressful events or significant to the body, including:
- Giving birth
- Starting, stopping, or switching birth control pills
- Losing weight
- Getting over a sickness with a very high fever
- Recovering from an illness
- Losing a loved one
- Experiencing a significant life change, such as divorce or job loss.
With shedding, the body readjusts within 6–9 months. If the hair is not back to its normal thickness, you may want to seek restorative therapies, including a hair transplant.
At Eternal Hair & Esthetics, we use a groundbreaking, best-in-class, technique known as DFI (Direct Follicle Impant_) to achieve the most natural-looking hair transplants with the highest success rate (up to 98 percent). Best of all, we fully guarantee our procedures. The benefits of a hair transplant are:
- Eliminates baldness.
- Natural-looking hairline
- Improves self-esteem
- Low-maintenance hair care
- Cost-effective surgery
In addition to hair transplants in NJ, we offer many other hair loss treatment options for female baldness. We offer PRP, red light therapy, Keralase, Exosome Therapy, and more. These methods stimulate hair growth and combat loss. Contact us today to discuss hair transplants in NJ and to explore hair loss treatment options for you.