One of the greatest causes of hair loss in women is hereditary, meaning it is passed down genetically. In fact, 50% of women who have a hair loss condition will have this type of inherited hair loss, commonly known as Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL).

Excessive hair shedding is often one of the first signs of FPHL. Because excessive hair shedding is a common sign for many types of hair loss, it is important to seek professional diagnostic tests from a doctor to determine the cause and rule out other contributing factors.

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Understanding Genetic Hair Loss in Females

Androgenetic Alopecia, also known commonly as Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL) in women, is caused by androgens – which are the hormones responsible for male traits and are present in both men and women. In Androgenetic Alopecia the male sex hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) triggers hair follicles to shrink or miniaturize over time. This leads to thinning, and ultimately hair loss.

Hereditary hair loss in females can be noticed as early as the age of 12 but typically around the age of 40 years old. The onset can be triggered by hormones as women near menopause. About 40% of women will be affected by FPHL by the time they are 50 and per the American Academy of Dermatology, it is the most common cause of hair loss in women.

How Do I Know if I have FPHL?

Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL) shows a distinct pattern and progression of hair loss on the head. Unlike diffuse hair loss, which means signs of thinning all over, FPHL starts with a widening of the part that continues to progress.

A visit to a dermatologist is the best course of action to determine if you have FPHL as they will be able to rule out other potential conditions and provide advice on the best way to treat the root cause of hair loss in women.

Genetic hair loss treatment may include Minoxidil. Incorporating the use of  INTACT on hair washing days can also help as a hereditary hair loss treatment to reduce hair shedding.

Hair Shedding or Hair Loss
What’s the Difference?

Due to the multitude of factors that may contribute to hair loss and the many kinds of hair loss conditions, it can be overwhelming to understand this complex issue. Even understanding the difference between hair shedding and hair loss can be difficult as this terminology is often used interchangeably. Let’s take a closer look at how they do indeed differ.

Hair Shedding

Normal hair shedding is considered 50-150 strands a day. At times, and due to certain life changes or practices, we may experience more hair fall. When the body sheds hair excessively, this is called Telogen Effluvium. Typically, this type of hair shedding is temporary and can be resolved once the cause is addressed. Hair will go back to its normal growth cycle in 6-9 months.

Hair Shedding Triggers

• Acute stress
• Sickness with high fever 
• Giving birth 
• Rapid weight loss / crash dieting 
• Having an operation

Hair Loss

Hair loss on the other hand is when hair stops growing. This type of hair loss is called Anagen Effluvium. Hereditary hair loss, auto-immune disorders and drugs, medical treatments or certain health disorders will trigger anagen effluvium. A dermatologist can help you determine if you have hair loss or excessive hair shedding and can put you on the right path to resolving your condition.

Hair Loss Triggers

• Genetic hair loss, called Female Pattern Hair Loss
• Immune disorders
• Permanent Traction Alopecia 
• Trichotillomania – disorder where one pulls their own hair out 
• Chemotherapy-induced alopecia