What Causes Hair Loss in Women?

Women's Hair Loss at Elite Solutions of Sacramento

When men lose their hair, it comes as more of an expectation than a shock. Though guys who start thinning very early might be disappointed, their hair loss will generally be socially accepted. For women, hair loss is completely different. Even minor or temporary thinning can have a big impact on a woman's quality of life. At Elite, we understand that the experience of hair loss is deeply personal. You can trust our studio to be the only resource you ever need to restore your hair.

Why do women lose their hair?

Unlike men, most women are not genetically predisposed to lose their hair. Though androgenetic alopecia occurs in women and is called female pattern hair loss, a far lower percentage of women than men inherit this condition. Women can start thinning or shedding hair for a wide array of reasons, some of which are harmless and, others that can indicate underlying and potentially more severe medical issues.

Identifying the cause is key.

Since we don't expect to lose our hair, the shock can cause women to stay quiet and try to hide our thinning. It's a natural reaction to hope what you're seeing is just a temporary thing. Elite Solutions is here to tell you that it's important to fight that natural reaction. Like most body-related issues, early detection is key when it comes to women's hair loss. For several reasons, getting help early is the best possible outcome.

Women's hair loss is a symptom, not a diagnosis.

When women lose their hair, there's usually something else going on. These are the most common causes of hair loss in women.

Female Pattern Baldness

It takes on a different pattern, but androgenetic alopecia affects women too. This genetic condition causes a harmful hormone called DHT to bind to hair follicles and stifle hair growth. If it's left untreated, hair will miniaturize and follicles can die. Since we're born with all the hair follicles we'll ever have, female pattern baldness is progressive.

Telogen Effluvium

In this condition, hair begins to go into the resting phase of the growth cycle prematurely. Strands of hair fail to grow to their full potential, resulting in fine, wispy hairs and areas of thinning. Telogen Effluvium can be caused by a variety of factors, including physical stress, trauma, pregnancy, rapid weight gain or loss, prescriptions or medical treatments, and hormone changes. When the cause of this type of hair loss is remedied, hair loss can be reversed and normal growth restored.


Some women's hair loss is caused by external factors, such as chronic hair pulling. Sometimes without even being conscious of it, women can twirl and tear out their hair to a severe degree. Since trichotillomania is a behavioral cause of hair loss, its effects can be reversed if the hair pulling is stopped.

Health Conditions

Arguably the most important reason to address hair loss early is to determine whether it's being caused by an underlying health condition. Nutrient deficiencies, thyroid disorders, and some chronic diseases are accompanied by hair loss as a symptom.

Hair loss is hard enough to go through. Don't prolong the stress of finding out what's going on. If it is genetic and you do have androgenetic alopecia, then you'll be a great candidate for a variety of DHT-blocking and hair-loss prevention solutions. The earlier you intervene in your hair loss, the bigger impact you'll have.

Find out today.

To find out exactly what's causing your hair to thin or shed, call Elite Solutions Hair Loss Specialists of Sacramento. You'll get honest answers, compassionate attention, complete privacy, and genuine options.
Call us at 916-635-4433 to schedule your complimentary consultation with a women's hair loss specialist.

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  • Elaine V's Testimonial

    My hair was thinning to the point my scalp was visible on top and on the sides. I went to Elite Solutions after finding it on-line. My goal was to purchase a wig. Then I met and talked with Dana who recommended scalp treatments for me. I had been told that due to my age my hair follicles were likely dead. I had considered medical procedures (Hair Follicle Regeneration) to promote growth. I started the scalp treatments with Dana. After just two treatments my dry, naturally curly hair came to life! I decided to buy the "at-home" serum and products. Soon, I cancelled the appointment for medical procedures and purchased the laser cap made by the company that developed the scalp treatments. To make a long story short, after seven months, I have my hair back. No longer is it "see-through"! The thickness has increased by at least 40%. The wig is in a box. Not only are the products WONDERFUL, but these are people who care. They listen to your concerns, they evaluate your scalp, and they are committed to helping you find just the right solution instead of just selling you some products that don't work like many salons you can go to. I plan on staying with these treatments and products. I believe in another 7 months, I will have even thicker hair. It is already shiny and in soft, healthy curls. But you have to USE the at home tools too if you want the best results! I wish I had started these treatments 25 years ago! If you have thinning hair in your family, don't delay! Thank you Dana and everyone at Elite Solutions. Thank you!

    Elaine V – Sacramento

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