Female pattern baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia, is the most common type of hair loss seen in women. Within the affected hair follicles, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) inhibits the metabolism of hair cells, leading to gradually finer and weaker hair strands. However, unlike the case for the male counterparts, female pattern baldness rarely progresses to total hair loss.
Signs and Symptoms
Women facing female pattern baldness usually experience ‘diffused thinning’. Hair sheds and thins gradually and evenly on the crown. It usually starts with a widening of hair parting, causing the scalp to be clearly seen. However, the front hairline remains unaffected.
Though the exact causes for this type of female hair loss are not well understood, women typically experience hair loss due to genetics or hormonal changes which could be induced by aging, the intake of contraceptive pills and menopause.
As the hair growth cycle is affected, thinning hair becomes dry and loses its shine, leaving your hair dull-looking. Without any treatment, affected females may find that their hair has become more brittle and more vulnerable to sun damage, increasing the likelihood of hair breakage. Thus, to avoid further hair loss, they may want to consider seeking help from professionals to find out the root cause of the problem before undergoing a suitable treatment.