While alopecia is not as common among women as it is in men, it is still a hereditary trait that affects millions of women around the world. Fortunately, women are less likely to go completely bald compared to our male counterparts, but serious thinning can still occur. In most cases, it starts with a slight amount of thinning around your part, then an increase which appears to make the part look even wider, and then gradual thinning throughout the rest of the scalp. The earlier you can identify thinning or balding, the easier it is to treat.
The good news is, it’s normal! Thinning from the part outward is the most common pattern among women who suffer from hair loss. But if you are experiencing baldness before the age of 40, there may be an underlying condition that’s causing the thinning, and not just the genes that were passed down to you.
If you notice some mild thinning on the top of your head
Try a different hairstyle! If the thinning is in the early stages and is only visible at the top of your scalp, you can try parting your hair to the side which is an easy fix for covering up the thinning. Most treatments don’t have any visible results until 6 to 12 months after you start, so a selective hairstyle that covers the thinning may be key, even if only temporarily.
You should speak to your doctor about what might be causing the thinning, including your diet, any medications you are taking, genetics, and whatever they might suggest. Sometimes something as simple as being low in iron can cause hair loss and is easy to fix with supplements or an adjustment to your diet.
Some myths about wearing hats, sunglasses on top of your head, or certain hair products are all misinformed. There is no evidence to support the belief that wearing a hat causes baldness. And, in the case of some very mild thinning, it might be a comfortable way to cover your hair until you find an appropriate solution.
If you notice significant thinning on the top of your head
If you’re noticing that the parted area of your hair is becoming larger, or significantly more thin in this area, consider applying a hair growth serum. It’s also best to refrain from using harsh dyes and severe products on a regular basis. Even if your hair loss isn’t that significant or of concern to you yet, it’s healthy to let your hair be loose instead of wrapped up in tight hairstyles all day. Let your hair down!
If you haven’t yet, it’s now very important to talk to your doctor so that they can try to figure out what is causing the hair loss, and then target that issue to resolve it. Hair regrowth isn’t always possible, so the earlier you catch or identify the cause, the better.
If you notice thinning through your entire scalp
This is usually a sign of something more severe than just an unlucky gene. Take a serious look at all the medications you are taking, your diet, and how much stress your body might be under.
If you have recently undergone chemotherapy, hair loss is an almost guaranteed side effect, but usually grows back eventually – sometimes even in a different color or texture than you had before. You can also ask your doctor about a cooling cap, which could reduce the amount of hair loss during treatment.
Greater thinning usually happens to women after menopause, so if you’re going through those changes it might just be a natural part of the process. You can always try chic headscarves or natural wigs to turns your alopecia into a fashion statement.
While there are some remedies for some causes of female pattern baldness, it is also a normal part of aging, and might not be entirely preventable depending on the cause. If your hair starts to thin, it’s best to see your doctor as soon as possible to prevent further loss, as creating successful regrowth is more difficult.
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