Female pattern hair loss - androgenetic alopecia
Genetic hair loss in women is less common than male pattern baldness but is still frequent, especially in older women. It is often less noticeable in its early stages because it results in excessive hair loss all over the scalp. The hair thins but there are no obvious bald patches like in men.
Androgenetic alopecia is not really preventable. It is linked to genetics and hormone levels. Male hormones are found to different extents in both men and women and some people’s hair follicles are oversensitive to them. The only permanent, long term solution is a hair transplant.
Diffuse alopecia, the symptoms, and its causes
Telogen effluvium hair thinning
Anagen effluvium hair thinning
The causes of thinning hair
• Local diseases of the scalp
• External damage to the scalp
• Effect of orally ingested substances (drugs, chemicals, toxins)
• General diseases or diseases of internal organs.
• Hormonal fluctuations (e.g., pregnancy)
• Thyroid disease
• Incorrect care
• Iron deficiency or zinc deficiency
• Vitamin A poisoning
• Heavy metal poisoning
• Radiation therapy
• Unbalanced diet/ wrong nutrition
• Side effects of medication
• Eczema on the scalp
• Mechanical effects on the hair (for example overly tight braids)