Although hair loss is much more common in men than women, there has been an increase in women experiencing thinning or receding hair over the years. Some experts make the case that it’s simply an opinion that more women are experiencing hair loss because there are more treatment options available and there is less of a social stigma concerning women seeking treatment.
And while that may be the case, there are still a number of reasons to believe women are experiencing hair loss at a higher rate. In fact, a study from Marie Clare said the average age of women first experiencing hair loss is 30 with between 40 and 50 percent of women affected by age 40.
Male hair loss typically starts above the temples resulting in a hairline that resembles the shape of an “M.” However, hair loss in women appears gradually and begins to show first along the part line, eventually spreading across the top of the head. The number one cause of hair loss in women is post-menopausal female pattern baldness and is the result of a decrease in estrogen for women in their 50s and 60s. But hair loss can occur at any age for a number of reasons including:
Fad diets – Extreme diets that don’t replace nutrients the body loses when cutting out specific foods like proteins and carbohydrates.
Chemicals – Whether excessive straightening, bleaching, chemical processing, or using any other hair products, some may cause hair to thin and fall out.
Stress – Daily stressors can lead to hair loss in both men and women.
A recent study has also shown that hair loss in Millenial men and women is on the rise due to a number of factors like hormonal changes, autoimmune diseases, thyroid disorders, and diet; specifically the rise in popularity of vegan and vegetarian diets where people aren’t getting enough protein.
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