What Causes Hair Loss in Women?

Why is this happening?

It's a normal question, and one that can seem less important than...

How can I stop this?

The truth is, both questions are equally important. Stopping hair loss – especially for women – starts with finding the cause. To correct your hair loss, we have to find out why it's happening.

Find out as soon as possible.

At Capilia Madison, we start with the cause. It's the only way to get real results that last. To pinpoint why your hair is thinning or falling out, it's important to have a consultation that includes a microscopic evaluation of your hair and scalp. To help you understand the factors that contribute to women's hair loss, here are the basics. When you're ready, call us to schedule a private, personal consultation at our Madison hair studio.

Hair loss is complicated for women.

Thinning hair brings with it a lot of emotions, but that's not the only way it's complicated. Men's hair loss is caused by a single condition (androgenetic alopecia) 95% of the time. That's about as straightforward as it gets. Female hair loss is more diverse both in its causes and in the patterns it takes across the scalp. We take a more nuanced, individualized approach to resolve it successfully.

Women can have female pattern baldness.

While men experience androgenetic alopecia more reliably than women do, they don't have an exclusive hold on pattern baldness. Androgenetic alopecia in women is caused by the same mechanism as in men. The hormone testosterone, which every human has, begins to react with a natural enzyme to create DHT (dihydrotestosterone). This new hormone adheres to hair follicles, causes them to miniaturize, and kicks off the process that leads to hair loss. Fortunately, we do have ways to fight the progression of androgenetic alopecia, so early detection is key.

Medical treatments cause significant hair loss.

Much of the hair loss we see in women is predictable. It's related to chemotherapy, radiation, and other medical treatments. Knowing it's going to happen doesn't make the experience any easier. We've developed the Capilia Comfort Program to ease the process of medical hair loss from the time before a woman loses her hair until it's grown back fully. Our extensive experience and resources make Capilia Madison the best local resource when preparing for medical hair loss.

Not all alopecia is androgenetic.

In addition to androgenetic alopecia, several other forms of the alopecia can cause hair loss for women. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder that causes uneven hair loss. Alopecia totalis causes women to lose all hair from the scalp. Alopecia Universalis is a widespread condition that can cause complete hair loss over the scalp and entire body.

Hair is sensitive to biological changes.

Any event or condition that significantly stresses your system can lead to some degree of hair loss. Hormone changes like those related to pregnancy and menopause can make hair thin, as can vitamin deficiencies, traumatic events, or even stress.

Take the first step.

Ultimately, the important thing is to sit down one-on-one with a professional women's hair loss specialist and identify what's causing your hair loss. For most women, getting into that evaluation is the hardest part of their hair restoration program. At Capilia Madison, you'll be assured privacy, respect, and real solutions. Schedule your consultation today.



Capilia Madison offers a FREE & fully confidential hair and scalp evaluation. Come in to Capilia Madison to find out your hair’s potential to look great.

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