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IS HAIR LOSS ONLY FOR OLDER WOMEN?

Most people associate female hair loss with older women: but is it true that hair loss is only for older women? Or can women of any age lose their hair?

 

There is a common assumption that women do not have to worry about losing their hair until they are older, which can cause some women experiencing signs of hair loss to feel confused or even frustrated at what is happening to their hair. To find the answer to this significant and often sensitive question, let’s take a closer look at what causes hair loss and whether or not only older women lose their hair.

What Causes Hair Loss?


Female hair loss can be caused by a number of different factors. In some cases, it can be caused by multiple factors, such as a combination of medication, stress and genetics.

The most common causes behind female hair loss include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Hormone changes
  • Medications
  • Genetic factors
  • Stress
  • Damage to the hair (i.e., through wearing tight elastic ponytail bands)
  • Medical conditions such as alopecia
  • Aging
  • Nutrition
  • Medical treatments (such as radiation or chemotherapy)

The severity and nature of the hair loss may vary depending on the cause. For instance, women who lose their hair due to wearing tight ponytail bands may lose hair solely in the area surrounding the ponytail, whereas a woman experiencing hair loss during her pregnancy may experience an overall thinning of her hair.  There is currently no way to accurately predict exactly how much hair loss will occur based on the underlying causes of the hair loss. However, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible, as this will typically make it more likely to reduce the current hair loss and help restore hair as closely to its original state as possible.


Do Only Older Women Lose Their Hair?

 

To bring it back to the original question, let us pose it again: do only older women lose their hair? The answer to this all important question is simple: no. Female hair loss is not something solely seen in older women. Women of all ages can experience thinning hair as well as more significant hair loss, whether they are twenty years old, thirty years old, fifty years old—or seventy years old. Hair loss for women does not have an age barrier.

 

However, despite the fact that hair loss is not exclusive to older women, it’s important to note: older women do have a higher chance of developing hair loss than younger women, as some factors which cause hair loss could be related to aging.

 

If you are experiencing hair loss, it is important to consult with a professional in order to determine both the nature of the hair loss and the best course of action in regards to treatment and hair restoration. Professional hair restoration services can help restore the look and feel of a woman’s hair in many cases, though results will vary depending on the person and their individual case.

 

For more information on women’s hair loss call Hairline Clinic in Independence, Ohio and Akron, Ohio at 800.322.1237.