What causes hair loss in women?

Although hair loss is more common among men, women also suffer from hair loss for a variety of reasons, including female pattern baldness, thyroid issues or other hormonal changes. On average, most people lose approximately 100 hairs per day but it goes unnoticed as new hair is also growing. The most common type of hair loss is when there is a disruption in the typical shedding and hair growth cycle. Hair loss can also occur after trauma to the scalp with scar tissue replacing destroyed hair follicles.

Common hair loss factors:


Androgenic alopecia is a genetic condition that is also referred to as male or female pattern baldness. When hair loss is part of your family history it increases your chances of experiencing hair loss as well. Hair loss for men typically starts with a receding hairline and/or thinning in the “crown”. For women, hair begins to thin, often in the middle part of the top scalp and then moves outward. For men and women, this is the most common type of hair loss.

Hormonal changes

Pregnancy, child birth, menopause or thyroid conditions are all hormonal changes that can trigger temporary or permanent hair loss.


There are a variety of medications that can cause hair loss. Talk to your prescribing doctor about this possible side effect and what can be done, if anything.

Stress (temporary)

The stress of a physical, or even emotional, event can cause temporary hair loss. Over time, the body begins to produce healthy hairs again but it can take up to several months for restored fullness.

Certain hairstyles

Yes, certain hairstyles can actually contribute to the thinning and/or loss of hair. Hairstyles that are tight or put a lot of strain on the hair strands can cause traction alopecia. The discontinuation of such hair styles can reverse that loss in most cases but permanent damage may occur with repeated use. Examples of these hairstyles include tight ponytails, braids, pig tails or cornrows.

How can women treat hair loss?

Hair loss can be treated with both prescription and over-the-counter medications. Medications used to treat male and female pattern baldness include minoxidil and finasteride.

UFP Hair Restoration also offers popular in-office therapies, such as scalp micro-pigmentation, and both FUE and FUT hair transplant techniques.

If you are a woman looking to correct or manage your hair loss in Draper and Layton, Utah, please call (801) 776-2220 or contact us HERE.

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