Hair Loss and Thinning in Women
Hair loss has often been thought of as a predominantly male problem, despite the fact that millions of women all over the world suffer from it at some stage in their lives. But did you know that 36% of women after 30 will be dealing with some form of hair loss1?
With so many women suffering from hair loss, and so much misinformation floating around about the causes and potential treatments, we’ve put together the facts on hair loss and thinning, to help set the record straight and ensure women can tackle and treat their hair loss appropriately.
What is hair loss?
Hair loss is essentially when an individual is shedding more hair than they are able to grow back. It can strike anyone at any time, with a variety of underlying factors contributing to its progression. Hair loss can be very complicated, with a myriad of causes and symptoms. Just as no two bodies are the same, no two women will experience hair loss in the same way. Some might experience dramatic shedding, while others might not even notice they are losing hair until they try to put their hair into a stylish up-do and realise they simply don’t have the volume they used to.
What is hair thinning?
Hair thinning is one of the most common symptoms of hereditary hair loss. It involves hair shedding at a fairly normal rate, only to be replaced by thinner hairs that may have a translucent quality. Hair sheds naturally as part of the hair growth cycle, but a variety of factors, including hormones, age and genetics, can cause the regrowth to have a finer, thinner appearance. This may not be an issue for ten or twenty hairs on the scalp, but when thousands of follicles start to sprout thinner hair with less pigment, it can have a dramatic effect on the overall volume of your locks.