Why am I losing so much hair as a female?

Though not all female hair loss is genetic, hereditary hair loss, called androgenetic alopecia or female pattern baldness, is the most common reason for hair thinning in women.

Is female hair loss common?

Studies have shown that almost half of all Australian women will experience hair loss at some stage in their lives. 

How much hair loss is normal in a female?

Everybody sheds hair. It’s a natural part of the hair growth cycle. On average, a woman loses between 50 and 100 hairs a day. While that may sound like a lot, it’s worth remembering that the average head has 100,000 hairs on it at any one time. 

If you’re losing more than 100 hairs a day and your hair is noticeably thinning, it’s possible you have more serious hair loss.

What are some of the most common female hair loss causes?

Reasons for hair loss can range from genetics and hormones to hair styling, medication and disease.

Common causes of hair loss in women include:

  • Genetics
  • Overstyling
  • Autoimmune conditions 
  • Disease
  • Excessive sweating
  • Infections
  • Medical treatments and medications
  • Poor nutrition

Learn more about common hair loss causes in women.

Is female hair loss genetic?

One of the most common forms of female hair loss is androgenic alopecia, also known as female pattern baldness. This type of hair loss is a result of genetic and hormonal factors. You may be able to assist with this type of hair loss using Womens Hair Loss medication

Is my hairstyle causing hair loss?

Styling can cause hair loss if hair is excessively straightened, brushed, bleached or permed. 

Overstyling or pulling your hair too tightly in hairstyles like ponytails, braids, or pigtails can also damage the hair roots, leading to significant hair loss. This is called traction alopecia. 

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