While male hair loss is more common – and more commonly featured in hair loss solution advertising – female hair loss is far from rare. According to the Cleveland Clinic, about 50% of all women will experience noticeable hair loss at some time in their lives. Genetic factors are drivers, but so too are important health events and behavioral factors (“matters of choice”).
Most affected are women older than 40, those who have recently given birth, those in menopause, and individuals who have undergone chemotherapy treatment or are taking certain other medications. None of those conditions are a matter of choice. Such things as stress, while not a choice, can be addressed by some behavioral means.
It is often said “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. This can certainly be true of female hair loss. By the time the search for women’s hair loss treatments is on, it may be too late. The hair loss industry, once known for its focus on bald men, have increased advertising and marketing to address women’s hair loss conditions by offering hair loss solutions for women specifically, including laser hair loss therapy and hair transplant surgery for women.
Fortunately, there are steps women can take to reduce the effects of what cannot be controlled, and to cease behaviors that would unnecessarily lead to hair loss.
Not a choice: Things that cause hair loss in women
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Still, there are many matters of diet, stress, hair styling, and infections that might cause hair loss in women – indicating that certain factors can be controlled to prevent further loss, restore hair to full growth, or prevent loss in the first place:
To be clear, hair loss should carry no shame and many women embrace it as part of their personal style. But by the same way of thinking, it’s entirely the woman’s prerogative to examine its causes and devise a solution strategy.