Aging & Hair Loss in Women. This Is Almost As Fun As Puberty!
Throughout our lives, the experts say…. it’s normal to lose about 100 hairs each day. However, most women begin to experience increased hair loss as they age. This natural process can be one of the most traumatic effects of aging—a fact that too many medical professionals ignore. This leaves many women to grapple for solutions on their own or to simply cope with their thinning hair. Our job at HPIHair in Nashville, TN is to help you understand your condition, and offer solutions and treatments that can help you regain your confidence.
As Men Grow Older, Your Risk of Hair Loss Increases
Throughout his lifetime, a man’s risk of hair loss continues to grow. According to a 2013 study by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, roughly 40 percent of males show some signs of balding at age 35, 65 percent at age 60, and 70 percent at age 80. Even after age 80, that percentage continues to grow significantly—so that 80 percent of men at age 85 are balding. All men will experience at least some change in their hairline—so that full head of hair we took for granted in our youth tends to stand out as a sweet, if distant, memory aging-men If you do find yourself with a patchier head of hair, don’t just assume that male pattern baldness or male pattern thinning is to blame. Though this is normally the culprit in cases of male balding, there could be several other reasons your hair is thinning—among them: a vitamin deficiency, an underlying health condition, a medication you’re taking, dramatic weight loss, or physical or emotional stresses.
Female Pattern Thinning as We Age
Androgenetic alopecia, commonly called male or female pattern thinning or baldness, shows up in women as a diffisuion or hair loss in all areas of the scalp, with the most extensive hair loss occurring at the crown, temples or nape area of the hairline. This can begin in a woman’s thirties and often happens in concert with graying, brittle and dry hair.
The average hair has a life between two and six years before it falls out and is replaced with a new hair. As we age, the rate of hair growth slows and hair strands become smaller and less pigmented – in fact, some follicles stop producing hairs altogether. You can chalk much of this up to genetics – and add it to the list of ways your parents have effected your chances of being a healthy, happy and gorgeous human being.
Although there is no cure for androgenetic alopecia at this time, there are now very effective methods for strengthening and enhancing the hair you have and most importantly stimulating those lazy follicles. Whether your hair loss is temporary or permanent, HPIHair can provide you with a customized solution for every stage of hair loss and hair growth. Read more about our treatments.
Menopausal Hair Loss.
Unfortunately, menopause may also be accompanied by some other factors that can further contribute to hair loss—including stress, low thyroid levels, illnesses, surgeries, crash diets, or other causes of nutritional or iron deficiency.
In the United States, the average woman experiences menopause around age 51. It seems that the most talked-about side effects of menopause include hot flashes and mood swings. But, hair loss and thinning ranks right up there as one of the most common accompaniments to “the change.” About 40 percent of women will notice a change in their hair before, during, and/or after menopause, though this change is usually less noticeable than the one experienced by balding men. While male pattern balding can be painfully obvious, constrained to specific parts of the scalp, female pattern balding is usually more subtle and can be scattered and diffused across the entire scalp.
It can take a while for a woman to even notice the changes in her hair. She usually will first take notice thanks to a thinner ponytail, wider part line, or larger-than-usual amounts of hair lost in the shower or her hairbrush.