Most women don’t even want to think about losing their hair. The very notion of hair loss in women can be devastating. The reality is that many women do face female hair loss, and for any number of reasons—but that doesn’t have to result in hopelessness or despair. There are always solutions available for total hair restoration.

The first step is figuring out why, exactly, you’re experiencing thinning hair. To do that, make an appointment with our team at HRC - Hair Restoration of California. In a confidential, one-on-one consultation, we’ll take some images of your scalp and determine some of the potential factors that are contributing to your hair loss. From there, we can offer some customized solutions.

To understand how women’s hair loss happens, it’s first important to understand the normal hair growth cycle. Hair grows from the follicles, and at any given time, the follicle is either in its growth stage or its rest stage. In the rest stage, older hairs are shed to make room for healthy new growth. During a normal hair growth cycle, as many as 10 percent of your follicles may be resting at any moment.

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Problems arise when that cycle is thrown off—either resulting in a less productive growth period or an elongated rest period. These things can happen due to many factors, ranging from unhealthy scalp conditions to a hormonal imbalance.

Some instances of hair loss in women are caused by female pattern hair loss, which is similar in some ways to its male counterpart. Both are the result of an DHT excess; DHT is a hormonal byproduct of testosterone and it can impede the follicles from working the way they are supposed to. This condition is also known as androgenetic alopecia.

There are other potential causes of female hair loss, too. Autoimmune disorders, like alopecia universalis and alopecia totalis, can lead to hair loss not just on the scalp, but all over the body. In addition, any hormonal fluctuation can result in changes to the hair growth cycle, whether menopause, pregnancy, etc.

Women may also experience hair loss due to medical treatments. It is well known, for example, that radiation and chemotherapy both contribute to hair loss. Even certain prescription medications can cause women to lose their hair. The good news is that this hair loss is usually not permanent.

There is also trichotillomania—a nervous condition that’s characterized by the compulsive pulling or twisting of hair. This can lead to permanent scarring of the follicles, meaning the hair loss can be extensive.

Even lifestyle can result in hair loss. For example, wearing your hair in tight buns, ponytails, and braids can pull at the follicles and result in ongoing hair loss. This is what’s known as traction alopecia.

No matter the cause and no matter the extent of your hair loss, total restoration can be achieved. The first step is getting a better sense of why you’re losing your hair in the first place—and that’s something we can help you with here at HRC - Hair Restoration of California.

There are many possible reasons for women’s hair loss—but no matter why your hair is thinning, there are always real hair loss solutions. The first step toward looking and feeling like yourself again is visiting one of our salons, either in Los Angeles or Woodland Hills. Call today to schedule an appointment for your FREE consultation and let us talk with you more about the potential causes of your hair loss—and, possible solutions. Contact HRC - Hair Restoration of California today to take the first step.