What Options Are There for Treating Female Hair Loss?


Treatments For Female Hair Loss

Female hair loss is a more common issue than most people realize- affecting as many as 5% under the age of thirty and 60% above the age of 70 are affected. Female hair loss patterns are in part due to genetics; if the mother or father experiences hair loss, the child will be more likely to display hair loss throughout their lifespan. Also, the earlier the hair loss starts, the more severe the hair loss is.

The first signs of female hair loss may be that the part is widening or the pony tail is beginning to get smaller. Unlike men who start with receding hair lines and bald spots on the top of the scalp, women who are experiencing hair loss usually notice the loss around the crown of the head as a visible thinning.

Although hair loss is to be expected with age, the effects can be unpleasant or uncomfortable for the person experiencing the loss. Especially if the hair loss is beginning long before expected, there are some treatments available which can minimize and reduce the effects of hair loss. Some of these treatments can also prompt new hair to begin to grow.

Minoxidil is the only topical treatment for hair loss that has been approved by the FDA. Some caution must be taken as this medication may encourage the growth of facial hair in females. Minoxidil works by extending the growth phase of hair and allowing more time for the hair to grow out to its full capacity. It is available over the counter in a 2% and 5% solution in either a liquid or foam form. Results from the treatment can be seen in about three to four months.

An alternative to topical treatments for hair loss, and a more immediate solution in case of a soon approaching event, is a hair transplant. A notable treatment center where this procedure is available is the Harley Street hair clinic, recently endorsed by celebrity Wayne Rooney. Appointments and consultations can easily be made online, as well as information to be found about the procedure. In the treatment, hair follicles are taken from one area of the scalp and moved onto the affected areas of loss.

This method can be very effective and provide permanent results that look very natural. In any case, it is best to consult your healthcare provider before making the best decision for you regarding the treatment for your hair loss.


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  1. So if I have no problem with hair loss but my husband does, that could actually mean our daughter could lose hair also? I don’t know why but I just always thought that it was a male/female thing and that as long as the women in the family keep hair with no problems the daughters would be ok also. My hubby has be thinning since his early 30’s. Never thought it could be a problem for my girls.
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