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Explaining Thin Hair In Women

 

Thin hair is a significant problem for women, as 1 in 4 women will experience hair loss to some extent by the age of 50.

Androgenic alopecia
For women androgenic alopecia the hair loss occurs all over the head and especially on top but the hairline does not recede. Androgenic alopecia will rarely lead to complete baldness. As opposed to men's androgenetic alopecia, which is caused by higher concentrations of dihydrotestosterone or DHT, women's androgenic alopecia is caused by higher concentrations of testosterone.

When there is an increase of testosterone in a women's body, testosterone can bind to a woman's hair follicle causing a disruption in the normal hair cycle.

Some women will experience hair loss after menopause. During and after the stages of menopause, women's estrogen hormone levels will be lowered. Estrogen in women can block the binding of testosterone to hair follicles. With lower levels of estrogen, women's hair follicles have a higher chance of being disrupted because of a higher concentration of testosterone.

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia Areata is another form of hair loss, which unlike androgenic alopecia, is not an inherited condition. It is believed to be caused by an abnormality in the immune system, where for unknown reasons, the immune system attacks the hair follicles instead of protecting them.

This disrupts the normal growth of hair. Hair loss, in alopecia areata, occurs in patches rather than in a distinct pattern.

 
 
 
 
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