Female hair loss is more common than you might think

Toppik on 17 February 2016

We’ve all had a bad hair day – but no bad hair day comes close to the daily anxiety caused by gradually thinning hair. But female hair loss is more common than you might think. And there are options out there to give that thinning hair a boost, too!

Understanding that female hair loss is a problem that affects many women, with a variety of possible causes, is an important part of reducing the social stigma associated with the issue. So, check out the stats and hair loss solutions below!

The Numbers Are In

Female pattern hair loss typically reduces overall hair density with the crown and the top of the scalp being the worst affected areas, making the scalp more visible. You may be surprised to find that more than 55% of women will experience some degree of hair loss in their life, according to a medical journal article written by Quan Q Dinh and Rodney Sinclair.

More than 55% of women will experience some degree of hair loss in their life

Not surprisingly, the likelihood of women experiencing hair loss increases with age. According to Dinh and Sinclair around 12% of women aged 20-29 experience hair loss. This increases to over 25% of women aged 30-49, 41% of women aged 50-79 and over 50% of women aged over 80 years old.

Hair loss statistics – age groups (women)

Age GroupPercentage that experience hair loss

20—29

12%

30—49

25%

50—79

41%

Over 80

50%

Source: Quan Q Dinh and Rodney Sinclair. [1]

The research of Dinh and Sinclair has also shown that women tend to place more importance on their hair than men do, with 52% of women saying that were "very-to-extremely upset" by their hair loss compared to just 28% of men.

52% of women [say that they are] "very-to-extremely upset" by their hair loss

This is why awareness and understanding of women experiencing hair loss are so important. Female hair loss can cause low self-esteem, negative body image and reduced social contact (Dinh and Sinclair).

In Antonia Hoyle's article, "Why is hair loss portrayed as a male-only issue?", she describes her upsetting discovery that she has female pattern hair loss. Her experiences, and those of many other women, further emphasise the need for understanding and removing social stigma from female hair loss.

Common Causes

Female hair loss can be caused by many different things. In some cases, it may be a sign of a medical condition, so if you’re concerned about your hair loss is the result of an underlying medical problem, consult your GP.

Aging - Both men and women experience reduced hair density as they age. Menopause can also be a cause of hair loss in women.

Polycystic ovary syndrome - This is a condition that affects 5-10% of women, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and causes multiple small cysts to grow in the ovaries. Along with other health problems, this can cause high levels of hormones called androgens which cause hair loss.

Medications - Some medications and medical procedures can cause temporary and long-term hair loss. Some of these include the contraceptive pill, warfarin, amphetamines, surgery, radiotherapy and more. Always speak to your doctor about the side effects of medication.

Other illnesses - There are many other illnesses that can cause hair loss so, it is important to seek medical advice to determine the cause. Some possible causes include a thyroid condition, iron deficiency, anemia, lupus and more.

Toppik Hair Thickening Fibres

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At Toppik, we understand female hair loss. We know that hair loss can have a negative effect on your confidence, so we provide the best possible hair thickening products and customer support.

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Sources

1

Quan Q Dinh and Rodney Sinclair "Female pattern hair loss: Current treatment concepts" Clinical Interventions in Aging. 2007 June; 2(2): 189-199. Viewed online.

2

Office of Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Polycystic ovary syndrome fact sheet.