Hair Loss Causes in Women

Hair Loss Causes in Women

The rate of hair growth is about 1/2 inch per month. The life of each hair includes cycles of growth (Anagen phase) and rest (Telogen phase) which for scalp hair takes around 2 to 6 years ending with hair fall out. After the falling of hair a new hair grows in its place. In a normal person, 85 percent of hair is growing at any given time and the other 15 percent is resting.

Hair Loss in WomenBaldness is a condition in which new hair does not grow when old hair falls or the new hair is miniaturized. The cause of this condition in female pattern baldness is not entirely understood, but it seems to be associated with genetic, hormonal changes, aging and deficiencies. Hormonal changes are commonly seen in the menopausal period when scalp hair is thinned, while facial hair grows coarser.

 Female Pattern Baldness (FPB)

Female pattern baldness is a specific pattern of hair loss observed in some women. FPB is often caused by hormones, aging etc.

Female Pattern Hair Loss

Female Pattern Hair Loss

Pattern and Grading of Female Hair Loss

The typical pattern in female pattern baldness is generally different from that of male pattern baldness). In female pattern baldness, the hair thins out more but the front hairline maintains its look in most cases (unlike male pattern baldness with frontal recession). Female pattern baldness can occasionally appear similar to male pattern baldness, but it rarely progresses to full or even near total baldness as it may in men.

 Some typical patterns of hair loss in women are:

  1. Diffuse pattern of hair thinning over entire scalp, often with more noticeable thinning toward the back.
  2. Diffuse thinning with more noticeable thinning in front, but with no involvement of the frontal hairline. Patients in this group have the best result from hair transplant if they have an intact donor hair.
  3. Diffuse thinning with more noticeable thinning toward the front of the scalp with involvement and sometime breaching the frontal hairline.
  4. Diffused Unpatterned Alopecia (DUPA) in which hair becomes thin diffusely without following any specific pattern. These patients are generally not good candidates for hair transplant. Read More for Hair Loss Treatment