Unlike males who bald, females typically see a diffuse (or thinning) pattern of hair loss known as the “Christmas Tree Pattern.” For women this commonly occurs on the top of the scalp, temples, and sides. This pattern is usually the first sign of a woman who is suffering female pattern hair loss due to the conversion of Estrogen and Testosterone into the hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is known to constrict the blood flow to hair, causing hair shafts to miniaturize, follicles to dry, and hair will eventually stop growing. DHT also causes inflammation in the scalp causing a tenderness and itchiness.
By the time a woman first notices visibility of her scalp about 50% of her hair is lost or sick. As long as there are miniaturized, residual hairs present, there is a very good chance of reversing the miniaturization and stopping future hair loss.
Most often with women, an underlying medical issue can be a cause for hair loss. Health issues that can contribute to diffuse hair loss:
Additionally, medications, including blood thinners, seizure medications, blood pressure medication, medication for hormones, and anti-inflammatory drugs, just to name a few can also play a role in hair loss and typically occurs 90 days to 6 months after as a side effect. However, once health stability returns hair can recover. If your hair loss has not subsided and continues to regress after getting on medication or being treated for one of the above, then most likely you have a precursor of having genetic hair loss and now you have to treat the alopecia.
Are you experiencing hair loss? Here are some tips to identify hair loss: