Causes of Hair Loss in Women

Causes of Hair Loss in Women

It's true that women and men share some common hair loss causes and restoration options. At LH Hair, we understand that the experience of hair loss for women couldn't be more different than the experience of men. While men have come to expect hair loss right around middle age, women certainly have not. And though 60 million women in the United States experience some form of hair loss, women often suffer in silence.

LH Hair is a safe place in the Charlotte community where you can break your silence. We are a woman-owned salon and hair studio specializing in women's hair restoration. It is our delight to help you make a transformation, rediscover your confidence, and get on with your life.

At LH Hair, we understand and empathize with all of our clients, regardless of personal beliefs, race, or gender. Restoring confidence and happiness to our transgender clients and friends is important to us, because we feel that everyone deserves the chance to look and feel amazing.

The cause? It's complicated.

Most men who lose their hair have the same single form of hair loss – male pattern baldness. It's not so simple for women. Though female pattern baldness does cause some hair loss for women, there is not one most likely cause. While many men and women experiencing hair loss share the priority of restoring their hair, women have to give one thing even higher priority. Finding the cause of hair loss is the first, most important step.


Alopecia is simply excessive hair loss, and it can take several forms. The progression of hair loss depends on the person and the specific cause. Alopecia can occur in patchy areas on the scalp, across the whole scalp, or even over the whole body. The professionals at LH Hair can help you understand alopecia, determine what form you have, and plan for the future while resolving your current hair loss. We have years of expertise helping women to replace lost hair and prevent future loss.

Female Pattern Baldness

Female pattern baldness is a condition that causes women's hair to thin but not to fall out completely. What it has in common with male pattern baldness is that, in both conditions, the growing cycle of the hair follicle becomes shortened. Hair has less time to actively grow, and it lacks proper nutrition. As the condition progresses, hairs become thin and brittle. This is a condition for which LH Hair can suggest a number of restoration options.


All kinds of stress can take a toll on your system, and the growth of your hair isn't immune. Stress can take the form of daily anxiety, physical trauma, or an emotional struggle. It can occur over time or in a single, short-term event. Regardless of the nature of your stress, if you're experiencing hair loss, it's a potential cause to consider.

Hormonal changes

Hormonal changes and imbalances can cause temporary hair loss. This could be due to pregnancy, childbirth, changes involving birth control pills, the onset of menopause, or an overactive or underactive thyroid gland. Hair loss is often delayed by about three months following a hormonal change, it can take three months for new hair to grow back. It is normal to have thicker, more luxuriant hair during pregnancy, and then to experience some hair loss about three months after delivery. If a hormonal imbalance is associated with an overproduction of testosterone, there may be a thinning of hair over the crown of the scalp. If hormonal imbalances are causing your hair loss, the specialists at LH Hair can help.

Hair Pulling

Hair pulling can be something you're conscious of, or that you're not even aware is happening. While hair styling rarely causes hair loss, a few very specific styling techniques can put constant strain on the hair and make it fall out. We can help you determine if styling is hurting your hair, and give you new options to get a similar look without the strain.

Trichotillomania is a disorder in which people are compelled to pull out their own hair. Though uncommon, this form of hair loss can have a huge impact on quality of life. We can help you reduce the impact of compulsive hair pulling if it's something you're struggling with.

Medical Causes

Medical Causes are responsible for hair loss in a much greater proportion of women than of men. That's why identifying the cause of hair loss is so important for women. At times, medical treatment directly causes hair loss. In other cases, hair loss can be a symptom of an underlying condition. In every situation, knowing the root cause of hair loss is vital to find the right solution.

The most familiar medical cause of hair loss is treatment for cancer. Radiation and chemotherapy can both cause complete hair loss, but the transition can be smoothly managed. Hair generally grows back to its original fullness once these treatments have ended. Diabetes and Lupus are two conditions that can bring on hair loss as well. Vitamin deficiencies and eating disorders can prevent your hair from getting the nutrition it needs to grow. Hair loss is also a side effect of prescription medications for many common conditions.

Reach Out to LH Hair

Hair loss is almost always surprising and frightening for women. Just know that you are not alone, and there are very skilled and caring people at LH Hair to help you through. If hair loss is bothering you, you do have options. Call LH Hair to find out how your hair loss could be resolved.

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