For many females, hair is associated with feelings of healthfulness and attractiveness. Losing hair can be devastating and influence a woman’s self-esteem, relationships, and career. Although male hair loss is widely discussed, there is little mention of female hair loss. I want to clarify three factors that often affect middle-aged women and may cause hair loss, or three themes that can make more hair fall off faster: menopause, genetics, and aging.
How Menopause Affects Hair
Menopause, also known as the alter of life, typically happen when a woman is between the ages of 45-55. During menopause, the body starts to diminish the production of certain hormones, contain estrogen and progesterone. This varies in hormone levels can impact hair growth. It’s normal for hair loss to augment around menopause, with as many as two-thirds of menopausal women undergo hair thinning or bald patches.
Genetics and Hair Loss
Hereditary alopecia is also called androgenetic alopecia, and it is the most common cause of hair loss in men and women. But unlike male hair loss, female hair loss does not always follow a predictable pattern. Women may notice a diffuse thinning of the entire area and a partial or baldness widening, especially near the temple.
Androgenic alopecia is caused by the miniaturization of hair follicles. Over time, hair follicles will produce thinner, thinner, and shorter hairs until they are completely closed. Because hair loss is progressive, and if nothing is done, hair loss will only worsen over time.
Hair Loss and Aging
Hair loss is an important natural part of the aging process. Studies have shown that about 40% of women experience some type of hair loss before the age of 40. Women with a family history of hair loss may be at higher risk. The rate of hair growth also slows down with age, so you may not be able to grow as long as you were young.
The perfect storm for female hair loss
Unfortunately for women, aging, menopause, and hereditary hair loss often occur at the same time. As they merge, hair loss may increase, and the rate of hair loss will be faster than normal when only one condition exists. Aging, menopause, and genetic factors all contribute to the “perfect storm” of female hair loss. This is why it is important to have an expert who can help you understand hair loss and provide guidance on how to restore your hair.