IN MOST CASES, FEMALE PATTERN BALDNESS HAS MUCH LESS TO DO WITH GENETICS.
The widespread incidence of female pattern baldness is one of the great under-discussed medical conditions in modern society. More than half of all women experience some degree of hair loss by the age of 80, with many of them initially losing their hair after giving birth; others from stress, aging and/or menopause; some because of genetics (in the maternal line); and still others owing to medical or pharmaceutical causes.
No matter the cause of hair loss, the importance of hair in our lives cannot be overstated. Whether we are women or men, when we lose our hair for any reason, we lose much more than our natural, youthful appearance. We lose the self-esteem and self-confidence needed to simply face a new day or even to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.
Regardless of whether the hair loss is due to genetics, thyroid conditions, hormone imbalance, pregnancy, medications or menopause, it should be addressed first with medical attention. Underlying and potentially serious issues need to be ruled out. Once that is assessed, a visit to a hair loss specialist-stylist is highly advised.
There are solutions for anyone experiencing female pattern baldness or hair loss. Some medications may be advised. Laser hair therapy, hair transplantation, hair replacement systems, concealers, extensions and wigs are viable options. Some types of hair loss, such as with stress-induced or postpartum pattern baldness, are naturally reversed over time with no intervention beyond stress management techniques such as meditation.
Still, it pays to study which condition may be affecting you. Many questions are answered here — with advice on where to go for an individual diagnosis.