Women’s Hair Loss

Contrary to the mistaken belief that hair loss primarily afflicts males, it might be surprising to learn that women constitute forty percent of American hair loss sufferers. The consequences of hair loss for women extend well beyond the physical aspects, significantly impacting their self-image and emotional well-being.

Tragically, societal norms have effectively silenced women, compelling them to bear their struggles quietly, while the medical community largely disregards the issue of women’s hair loss.


Mainstream medicine, including general practitioners, gynecologists, and dermatologists, often lacks the specialized expertise needed to effectively diagnose and treat the different forms of hair loss that affect women. Additionally, many physicians exhibit a lack of compassion and empathy towards women experiencing hair loss, exacerbating their feelings of hopelessness and disheartenment. As a result, many patients are left feeling marginalized and invalidated due to the insufficient support and dismissive responses they receive.

Contrary to the perception that hair loss is not life-threatening, the psychological repercussions of feeling unattractive and experiencing hair loss can be just as devastating as any severe disease, taking a toll on both mental and physical health. The impact on women goes far deeper than simply feeling less attractive; it is profound and touches the very core of their being.

The American Hair Loss Association recognizes that hair loss is women is a serious life altering condition that can no longer be ignored by the medical community and society as a whole.

For many women, hair loss can lead to a profound sense of loss and can cause them to question their identity, femininity, and overall sense of self. Hair has long been associated with beauty and femininity, and its loss can leave women feeling disconnected from their own sense of womanhood. It can shatter their confidence and undermine their self-esteem, affecting every aspect of their lives, from personal relationships to professional endeavors.

The emotional distress caused by hair loss can lead to social withdrawal, anxiety, and clinical depression. Women may find themselves avoiding social situations and isolating themselves, fearing judgment and ridicule. They might struggle to participate in activities they once enjoyed, leading to a further decline in their overall well-being.

The quest to conceal or cope with hair loss can become an all-consuming focus for many women, impacting their daily lives and routines.

Furthermore, this vulnerability makes women especially susceptible to misinformation perpetuated via social media regarding effective hair loss products and services. With the lack of appropriate medical guidance and understanding from mainstream healthcare providers, women may turn to online platforms seeking solutions. Unfortunately, the internet is rife with misleading advertisements, unverified claims, and potentially harmful products that exploit the desperation and emotional distress experienced by those suffering from hair loss.

Degrees of Hair Loss

There are two widely known female hair loss density scales used by most hair loss specialists: the Ludwig Scale and the Savin Scale. For all intents and purposes, they are identical except that the Savin Scale also measures overall thinning. As you will see in these illustrations, eight crown density images reflect a range from no hair loss to severe hair loss. Density 8 is rarely seen in clinical practice. One example of frontal anterior recession is also illustrated (again, it’s not too common), and one example of general diffuse thinning, lateral view, is shown.

Recognizing the seriousness of hair loss in women, the American Hair Loss Association emphasizes the need for the medical community and society at large to acknowledge and address this life-altering condition.

In this section, we will delve into the causes of hair loss, discussing common Female Pattern hair loss (Androgenetic Alopecia), and exploring other forms of hair loss that affect women. By shedding light on this issue, we hope to promote greater understanding and support for those grappling with women’s hair loss.

Causes of hair loss

Genetic female pattern hair loss, long believed to be analogous to male pattern baldness with only slight differences in presentation, manifests as diffuse hair thinning across the entire scalp...

Oral/Hormonal Contraceptives

While using a low androgen index hormonal birth control can reduce a woman's chances of triggering female pattern hair loss, it is essential to be aware that even these lower androgen...


Hair loss in women, just like in men, can be attributed to common androgenetic alopecia or Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL), making it the most prevalent form of hair loss in females...