April 30, 2021

Types of Hair Loss in Women


When we think about hair loss, most of us think about male pattern baldness, which is common in men. But do women also experience hair loss? The simple answer is that they do, and it can be a very distressing thing when it happens to you. There are a few different types of hair loss in women, and today we’ll talk about those as well as what you can do to take control and restore your hair. Androgenic alopecia. This is the medical term for one common type of female hair loss, also called female pattern baldness, that’s related to male hormones. In men, this is known as male pattern baldness. Men with this type of hair loss have predictable patterns of thinning at the hairline and top of the head. Women experience this type differently, with general hair loss all over that results in an overall thinning. Heredity is a huge factor in determining whether this type of hair loss occurs.  But how do women get a hair loss type that’s related to male hormones? It’s because everyone has some male hormones in their systems, even women. When everything is in balance, they’re only there in small quantities and don’t affect you much. But when something throws female hormones off balance, that small amount of male hormones can have a greater affect on your system. This might happen during menopause, pregnancy, or when taking medications that contain some male hormones, like some forms of birth control. Telogen effluvium. This is another medical term for a different type of hair loss that follows some form of trauma. This can happen several weeks after an event that resulted in a lot of stress like childbirth, a major surgery, a serious infection, or some other event that caused extreme stress. These events don’t often always result in hair loss, but for those who experience hair loss following stress or trauma, it can add one more layer to existing stress.  In this case, hair loss happens because a huge percentage of hair follicles suddenly switch over to the resting stage. Every day, your hair follicles are going through different stages. Hair appears thick because all the follicles are in a different stage of growth and rest. When all of them suddenly switch to resting, thinning is noticeable. This type of hair loss usually goes away after the stress is resolved, and in the meantime, you can use some of the effective hair replacement options available at the Hair Replacement Institute. Anagen effluvium. This term is for the hair loss that’s associated with chemotherapy treatment. Cancer treatment often causes hair loss because it targets cells, and that can also affect the cells in your hair follicles. There are many effective options for hair replacement during chemotherapy that can help you maintain your natural look while getting the treatment you need. Other types of hair loss that women can experience include alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder where the immune response attacks hair follicles, and traction alopecia, which is caused by consistent pulling on the hair from some hairstyles. No matter which type of hair loss you’re experiencing, the professionals at the Hair Replacement Institute in Minnesota can help. We have a wide menu of options that can help replace hair, stimulate growth, or cover thinning areas to restore your thick, natural looking head of hair. Some of the options include:

  • Volumizer hair additions
  • Dermal Lens hair replacement
  • Hair extensions
  • Custom wigs
  • Hair transplantation procedures
  • PRP treatments
  • MEP-90 laser treatment
  • And more
There’s no doubt that hair loss can be upsetting, but you can take control. The first step is a free, private consultation with an expert hair loss professional at the Hair Restoration Institute. Make an appointment today and we’ll help you by taking a full assessment of your overall health, your hair loss, and your concerns about hair replacement, then we’ll build a personalized hair replacement plan just for you. You can find us at 8030 Old Cedar Ave S Ste 202 in Bloomington, MN, or call 612-588-HAIR (4247) for a private, complimentary consultation.