Many people think of hair loss for men but hair loss in women is very common and there is a lot of misinformation around. Here are some facts on female hair loss.
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.
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 can therefore 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.
Nearly 8 million women in the UK are reported to be suffering from some sort of baldness, hair loss in women can be anything from thinning hair or patchy hair usually starting at the crown, unlike male pattern baldness it is unusual for women to experience a receding hairline, however it can occur.
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. The Savin scale measures hair loss in three areas of the scalp. They are:
Frontal Loss – this scale measures hair loss around the hairline and temples, which is typically more prevalent with male pattern hair loss, but still happens to women too.
Midscalp – this scale measures hair loss that occurs at the middle of the scalp. Hair loss in this region starts as a widening part that eventually becomes a circular area of loss.
Crown – again, this is far more prevalent with male pattern baldness, but does tend to happen with females as well, though usually to a lesser extent. Crown hair loss refers to thinning at the top of the head, towards the back.
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, also a hormonal imbalance such as pregnancy and menopause can attribute to hair loss.
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