What causes hair loss in women?

Top 4 Non Hereditary Reasons For Female Hair Loss

While androgenetic alopecia is by far the most common cause there are many other triggers for female hair loss. We take a closer look at the four most common.


Female Hair Loss

A chat today around the family dinner table turned to hair loss. I discovered that my mother in law was woefully ill-informed on the subject. As a 75-year-old with great hair, she can possibly be forgiven for never having had to look into the subject in any depth.

She was shocked to learn that by the age of 50 as many women as men are affected by the condition… that condition, primarily, being hereditary hair loss. Better known in the medical world as androgenetic alopecia. Although this is almost invariably the diagnosis it is a long way from being the only one.

We take you through the four most common reasons for female hair loss:

Traction Alopecia

This stands out on our list as a self-inflicted issue. Caused by hairstyles that pull on the hair, like tight ponytails for example. Unlike androgenetic alopecia in women, which affects the top of the head behind the hairline, traction alopecia can cause damage to the hairline itself. Sometimes, if the style is worn for long enough, the damage can be permanent. Extremely distressing for the sufferer.

The advice is fairly obvious, to wear your hair in looser styles.


Low levels of iron in the blood can lead directly to hair loss. A blood test is required to confirm it as the problem but in the absence of other culprits, it is advisable to check. Eminently treatable by increasing the amount of iron-rich food in your diet or through supplements.


We partially take back the claim that traction alopecia is the only self-inflicted hair loss issue on your list. Pregnancy is one of life’s events that the majority of women will experience. The irony is that during pregnancy your hair may have never looked better. This is because the follicles go into a resting phase with little hair lost, as it would be had the normal phasing been followed. Once the pregnancy is over and your body returns to its normal hormone levels there can be some degree of “catch up” as hair begins to shred at an alarming rate.

It is a temporary experience that patience will cure, somewhere between 6 and 12 months is usually enough to complete the journey… and you will find that there is plenty going on to take your mind off it during that time. An elevated regime of hair care during this time would be beneficial.


Probably the most challenging to identify and manage. Stress can be bought on by demands at work, an illness, or other challenging events in our lives. A relationship breakdown or bereavement are good examples.

Treat the hair loss by treating the problem, ally that with improving your diet and exercise regime, along with paying attention to your sleep routine.

Hair Loss For Women

There are many more hair loss triggers out there, but these four represent the lions share of cases that are not androgenetic alopecia.

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