What Causes Front Hair Loss in Women?

By Cindi Pearce

  • Overview

    What Causes Front Hair Loss in Women?
    Female androgenetic alopecia takes on several patterns, one of which is noticeable thinning in the front of the scalp, including the front hairline. The rest of your hair may be perfectly fine but there is a spot right in the front, for all the world to see, where your hair is noticeably sparse. This is not uncommon among women, particularly those in their middle years.
  • Female Androgenetic Alopecia

    An androgen is a male hormone. When women go through menopause, they stop producing estrogen at the rate that they once did and their male hormones increase. Androgens, which cause male hair loss, are also responsible for women's hair loss. Interestingly, it was noted in 400 BC by Hippocrates that eunuchs did not experience hair loss. Of course, the eunuchs were castrated and, consequently, didn't produce male hormones, which is the reason their hair didn't fall out.
  • Those Pesky Male Hormones

    The male hormone testosterone becomes diyhndrotestosterone (DHT) due to the presence of enzyme 5 reductase, which turns testosterone into DHT. The DHT causes hair shafts to narrow. The hair shafts start producing fewer and finer hair during each growth cycle. Eventually, the hairs become transparent and stop growing at all. Androgenetic alopecia will strike hair follicles in specific areas of the scalp. When a woman experiences hair loss solely in the the front of her scalp, it means that this is the particular area where the shafts have narrowed and quit producing new hairs.
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  • Altering Estrogen Levels

    When estrogen levels are altered, hair tends to become thinner and may even fall out. This often happens during menopause, however, there are other factors that can cause hair loss, including stress or medication. According to Hairsystemsunlimited.com, pregnancy can take its toll on a woman's hair because of the hormonal fluctuations. After the birth, the hormones eventually return to their normal range. During that time, post-pregnancy, hair loss may be experienced. The pregnant woman may not have lost the normal amount of hair during her pregnancy but makes up for it afterward when she may notice a significant loss over a short period of time. Generally, the lost hair is regrown and the hair returns to normal. Birth control pills artificially alter a woman's hormones and can cause premature thinning of hair. Sometimes this loss is permanent.
  • Psychological Impact

    People do not like to lose their hair nor do they like having thin hair and patches of scalp showing. According to a study by Girman, Hartmaier, Roberts, Bergfeld & Waldstriecher (Follicle.com), men and women become self conscious when they suffer hair loss and can lose their confidence and self-esteem. Depression can occur as a result. Many go to great lengths to conceal their bald spots, often with negative results, and this is frustrating.
  • Solutions

    Some people are so distressed by their hair loss that they opt for follicle transplants. Ask your physician about this procedure, its cost and its outcome. Minoxidil is an topical medication that many use in an effort to re-grow their hair. According to Buzzle.com, there are natural hair loss remedies including massaging bay, cedar wood, thyme, chamomile, rosemary, lemon, jojoba, grapefruit and/or lavender oils directly into the scalp. In addition, aromatherapy is incorporated into this process, the thought being that inhalation of these oils along with scalp absorption of the oils arrests hair loss. In India, hair is massaged with a combination of mulberries, brahmi, honey, arnica and aloe to prevent hair loss. Women should make sure that they're getting an ample amount of zinc and protein in their daily diet as well as iron, calcium and silica. Consult with a dietitian. Regularly massaging your scalp may stimulate blood circulation and jump-start dormant hair follicles.
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