Roughly 60% of women will experience some degree of hair loss in their lifetime. In most cases, thinning hair in women occurs in the late fifties or sixties, but it can affect women at any age.
In a healthy scalp, hair follicles are shed and replaced by hair of the same caliber in a regular cycle. But, in women with hair loss, hairs that are shed are replaced with "miniaturized" follicles that are thinner and lighter in color. In time, these hairs may permanently cease to grow.
Unlike male pattern baldness, female hair loss tends to be diffuse (occurring over the entire scalp) rather than receding at the hairline. The various stages of female balding patterns are represented on the Ludwig and Savin Scale.
While female hair loss can be genetic in nature, there are many other factors like illness, stress, trauma, medication and even menopause that may contribute to the loss of hair. Thus, it's important that women experiencing thinning hair seek the advice of a medical professional.
Currently, the only clinically proven and FDA approved medical hair loss treatment for female hair loss is Rogaine (minoxidil). This drug is available over-the-counter. Many women are also candidates for surgical hair restoration while others may prefer the use of wigs to address the appearance of thinning hair.
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