Hereditary hair loss has several telltale signs, including: a wider part, a family history of hereditary hair loss, more hair with the root attached on your brush, on your pillow, or in the shower drain, and a harder time styling your hair.
If you are unsure whether you have these signs, talk to your physician or dermatologist to confirm that what you’re experiencing is genetic hair loss and to find out if Women’s ROGAINE® Foam can help you.
It may surprise you, but hair thinning can start as early as age 20. That said, it’s more common for women in their 30s or 40s to notice the beginning of hair thinning, with hair loss often peaking around menopause.
Hereditary hair loss accounts for the majority of hair loss in women. However, there are other types of hair loss that can result from extreme stress, pregnancy, and certain medications. Additionally, there are some conditions and diseases that can result in thinning hair and excessive hair loss.
Hair loss begins subtly and may only become noticeable after years of gradual loss, but if you pay attention there are definite telltale signs that your hair is thinning. Women with hereditary hair loss experience a general thinning of the hair, with the most extensive female hair loss occurring on the top of the head and along the part.
Male pattern baldness often follows along two predictable routes: a receding hairline and thinning at the crown. Meanwhile, women will slowly and subtly begin thinning across the central area of the scalp.
Damaged hair is dry, has split ends and breakage. Damaged hair may feel more delicate, and it may not respond to your usual care and styling routine. As a hair weakens it can break near your scalp or at the end, which leads to split ends. Unlike hereditary hair loss, where the shed hair falls from the scalp along with its tiny, bulb root attached, hair damage is usually a short-term issue and, with a little extra attention, your damaged hair can be tended to and grown out.
If you can make a connection between a specific event and your hair acting differently, your hair may just be going through a difficult phase. Temporary female hair loss can be caused by dietary changes, pregnancy, extreme stress, certain medications, and some medical conditions.
Although most cases of hair loss are attributed to hereditary hair loss, there are several other possible causes:
temporary hair loss, known as telogen effluvium, is associated with stress, diet, a hormonal imbalance or a traumatic event that causes the hair follicles to remain in the resting state. This results in increased hair shedding and a temporary thinning of hair across the whole scalp.
alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder, is recognized by well-defined patches of hair loss. If you have no history of hair loss in your family and are experiencing this kind of hair loss, consult your doctor.
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