Is women’s hair loss different from men’s?
What’s the difference between male hair loss and female hair loss?
Male and female hair loss can have very different causes but the most common form of hair loss to affect both men and women is androgenetic alopecia. It is commonly known as male pattern baldness and, in women, female pattern hair loss, because it tends to follow a distinct pattern.
Androgenetic alopecia is a combination of genetics and hormones; a genetic sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone or DHT that targets the hair follicles. The hair strands become thinner, lighter and shorter, until eventually they shrink completely.
In men, hair loss usually starts at the hairline or at the top of the scalp, whereas in women hair loss occurs across the scalp as diffuse thinning. In some women, the central parting starts to widen, but for most the frontal hairline is preserved.