If you think that your hair is becoming thinner or you’re noticing small bald patches on your scalp, you may be experiencing female hair loss. Did you know roughly 50% of women will experience hair loss in their lifetime? Hair loss comes in many different forms, each with its own set of reasons.
It is always recommended to consult a doctor, dermatologist, or trichologist as soon as possible, as they will be able to point you in the right direction. It is also valuable to educate yourself on the causes and symptoms of female hair loss and the various treatments, both medical and non-medical, on offer.
What defines female hair loss?
Hair loss in women is exactly what it sounds like: when a woman has an unexpected and significant loss of hair. Humans typically lose between 50 and 100 single hairs everyday, depending on their genetic makeup; if you are losing more than 125 hairs everyday, this may be hair loss.
It is important to note that hair shedding is different to hair loss, and is a normal aspect of the body’s natural equilibrium; this refers to certain hairs falling out while others grow to maintain this balance. Hair loss occurs when this delicate balance is disrupted – that is, when more hair falls out and less hair grows back in.
What are the different phases of hair growth?
- The anagen phase (or growing phase), which lasts between one and seven years. It is common for this phase to encompass around 85 percent to 90 percent of the hair on your head.
- The catagen phase (transitional phase), which lasts around one to three weeks. This signals the end of the active growth of the hair.
- The telogen phase ( resting phase), which lasts up to three months. The hair begins to fall out after this period.
Eyelashes, eyebrows, and arm and leg hair are examples of shorter hairs that have a brief anagen phase of around one month. In contrast, your scalp hair can grow for up to six years, and in some cases, much longer than that.