Hair is a crucial part of feminity. It is commonly accepted for men to go bald as they grow older, while for women, hair loss is often seen as a sign of disease, such as cancer. Therefore, many conditions affect women’s hairline and hair density.
Here is everything you need to know!
Does baldness affect women's hairline?
Baldness in men causes receding hairline; is it the same for women? The answer is no! What is commonly called baldness is androgenic alopecia, a hair loss caused by a hormone group known as androgen, which includes testosterone and DHT.
Its action weakens hair follicles and causes hair to grow thinner and thinner until they are not visible anymore. Androgen is a male hormone, so this condition is more prevalent among men; about 70% of them face it in their lifetime.
Women also have androgen, but feminine hormones such as estrogens protect the hair follicles, so this condition is less common in females. Androgenic alopecia does not affect women the same way it affects men: in females, this condition causes diffuse hair loss and a loss of hair density, never bald spots like in men.
There are many other conditions causing hair loss in women, and some affect women’s hairline.
What are the other conditions that may affect women's hairline?
Many conditions may affect women’s hairline:
- Hormonal imbalance
It is the leading cause of androgenic alopecia in females. It often occurs after menopause when the protective roles of feminine hormones disappear. The hair becomes thinner and loses density. However, it does not affect the hairline specifically.
The best way to know if a hair loss is due to a hormonal imbalance is to go to the doctor and request a blood test. In some cases, the women need to do a hair transplant to get their hair back.
- Traction alopecia
This type of alopecia is prevalent in women, not because of hormonal reasons but because women tend to have longer hair and style them more than men.
Traction alopecia is due to tight hairstyles, such as braids that pull on the hair and cause them to fall. This type of alopecia is widespread among black women because those community traditionally braid their hair very tight.
To avoid hair loss due to this type of alopecia, ensure the hairstyle is not too tight.
- Damage due to heat and chemicals
Heating devices, such as hair straighteners, hair curlers, or hair dryers, may cause alopecia as it burns the hair shafts. Many hair products containing harsh chemicals, such as straightening products for afro hair, cause hair loss and may damage women’s hairline.
This kind of alopecia is easily avoidable, limiting the use of heating devices and staying away from hair products containing harsh chemicals.
- Nutritional deficiency
Eating healthy is crucial to being in shape overall, and hair is extremely sensitive to the lack of proper nutrients. While it is normal to lose about 100 hair strands per day, people with a poor diet often lose hair because they fall and cannot grow due to the lack of nutrients.
The hair needs vitamins and minerals to grow healthily, especially B-group vitamins. Usually, a balanced and varied diet is enough to get all the nutrients the hair needs. However, it exists supplements designed to cater to hair nutritional needs.
Stress is a killer, and it is especially true with hair! Stress can shorten the hair’s life by making the follicles enter their rest phase prematurely. It causes a massive hair loss approximately three months after the traumatic event. In most cases, the hair grows back by itself a few months later.
Hair transplant for women's hairline
Can women do a hair transplant to restore their hairline? The answer is yes! Even if women’s alopecia is different from men’s, they can do a hair transplant. Women need a technique offering a significant volume; better go for a DHI hair transplant as this technique provides complete control over the grafts’ implantation angle.