Male pattern baldness and men going bald has been the norm and often the butt of many jokes between blokes, but baldness and hair loss is not isolated to just men, more and more women are seeing hair loss.
Many people think of hair loss for men, but hair loss in women is very common and there is a lot of misinformation around. About one-third of women experience hair loss (alopecia) at some time in their lives; among postmenopausal women, as many as two-thirds suffer hair thinning or bald spots. Hair loss in women often has a greater impact than hair loss does on men because it's less socially acceptable for them. Alopecia can severely affect a woman's emotional well-being and quality of life.
Female hair loss
Female hair loss is an upsetting subject, whereas in history we have seen many powerful and successful men with male pattern baldness, the female psyche and self esteem is much more closely linked to looks and aesthetics than men and it can have a much more devastating effect on confidence. If a bad hair day can make you feel low, then hair loss can be even more upsetting.
The main type of hair loss in women is the same as it is men. It's called androgenetic alopecia, or female (or male) pattern hair loss. In men, hair loss usually begins above the temples, and the receding hairline eventually forms a characteristic "M" shape; hair at the top of the head also thins, often progressing to baldness. In women, androgenetic alopecia begins with gradual thinning at the parting, followed by increasing diffuse hair loss radiating from the top of the head. A woman's hairline rarely recedes, and women rarely become bald.
Nearly 8 million women in the UK are reported to be suffering from some sort of baldness. Hair loss in women could have one of up to 30 different causes from genetics, hormones or lifestyle. If the cause is unknown or hormonal, then quite often the hair will grow back later. This is common if the woman has a thyroid issue and quite often pre and post pregnancy.
Measuring Women’s Hair Loss
To measure the amount of hair a woman is losing we use the Savin Scale, this gives us a comparison to measure how extreme the hair loss is.
It is very rare to see a naturally bald woman, without any medical treatment where hair loss is a side effect. Experts think that genetics may play an important part, therefore if your father and brothers have lost their hair this may be the cause for female hair loss. A hormonal imbalance such as pregnancy and menopause can attribute to hair loss.
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