Hair loss patterns are visibly different in women than in men. Women experience an overall thinning or widening of the parting line as compared to bald spots or a receding hair line in men. Although there are other rare cases as well, but 95% of hair thinning in women is due to female pattern hair loss.
Female pattern hair loss
A person with genetic hair loss may have high levels of DHT that may lead to the production of colorless, short and thin hair. Eventually the follicles stops hair production, degenerate and die. In normal cases, the hair follicles are protected from the effects of DHT due to the presence of the female hormones progesterone and estrogen. After menopause, the levels of these hormones may fall thus leading to higher levels of DHT and eventually hair loss.
Characterized by loss of hair in patches on the scalp or other parts of the body, this type of hair loss is seen in both adults and children. Smooth, round patches as big as the size of a coin or ever bigger can be seen as and when there is hair fall. It may start and stop abruptly and is caused when the hair follicles are attacked by the immune system.
Characterized by immense shedding of hair from the entire scalp area. It could be caused by iron deficiency, protein deficiency, anemia, thyroid problems, surgery or illness. Symptoms include loss of large amounts of hair in the shower or on the hair brush or on the pillow. This type of hair loss can be treated by treating the root cause and corrected in six to twelve months time.
Too much strain on the hair follicles may result in permanent damage of the hair follicles preventing hair to re-grow. Ongoing pulling, long term use of extensions, braiding and the like may cause excessive strain resulting in this type of hair loss.