Women’s Hair Loss Causes

Causes of Female Hair Loss, Alopecia and Medically Related Hair Loss

Female Hair Loss: A Common Problem

Womens Hair Loss Causes - San Jose, CaWhen you think of great hair, who comes to mind? Jennifer Aniston? Beyoncé? Kate Middleton? Emma Watson? When women think of great hair, there’s a long list of celebrities with amazing looks who we idolize. We even name our hairstyles after them. They set the bar for great hair and help establish hair as one of the defining elements of women’s style and beauty. So, when women lose their hair it’s especially emotionally damaging for them.

Even though 40 million U.S. women are experiencing hair loss, male pattern baldness is talked about more often. Women’s hair loss, however, is a significant problem with a serious emotional impact.

Women lose an average of up to 100 individual hairs per day. This is normal and natural, but when it exceeds this range, it indicates an abnormal amount of hair loss. Hair loss often begins as thinning. Women notice extra hair in the drain or a slightly thinner ponytail, but many women don’t know about what causes hair loss or how to treat theirs.

Here are the most common causes of hair loss in women:


Two different types of alopecia affect women – alopecia areata and androgenic alopecia. About 2 percent of the U.S. population suffers from alopecia areata. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks its own hair follicles. This type of alopecia affects both men and women, is incurable and can cause hair loss body-wide.

Androgenic alopecia is often referred to as female pattern baldness. This genetically linked form of hair loss occurs in a specific pattern that begins with thinning at the center part and progresses to encompass the entire top and crown of the head. Though research is ongoing, hormones – particularly testosterone – play an important role in this type of female hair loss. Androgenic alopecia can affect women as young as puberty but is most common in post-menopausal women.

Medically Related Hair Loss

Medically related hair loss is an umbrella term for many causes. Women lose their hair both temporarily and permanently from medically related causes. These include:

  • Chemotherapy and radiation
  • Thyroid abnormalities
  • Anemia
  • Prescription medications
  • Dietary deficiencies
  • Hormonal causes from pregnancy and menopause
  • Trichotillomania

New Look Institute sometimes recommends that women seek care from a healthcare professional in addition to hair restoration if medically related hair loss is suspected.

With hair restoration, there are many pathways to consider but only one phone call you need to make. To receive a free color brochure or schedule a free evaluation with one of our trained hair loss team members call New Look Institute at (408) 279-4247 or (800) 966-4472.

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