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Pick Up on the Patterns

This Q&A will help to answer your questions and teach you about the unique ways that women experience hair loss. After all, the more you know, the better you’ll feel.

DO YOU HAVE TO BE A CERTAIN AGE TO EXPERIENCE HAIR THINNING?

Although prevalence increases with age, women can start losing their hair as early as in their 20s, and there is often an upswing after 40. No matter your age, if you have hereditary hair loss, it’s wise to work toward reviving the inactive hair follicles before they completely lose their function, in order to have the best chance of renewing some of your hair’s thickness.

WILL I BE ABLE TO TELL IF I’M LOSING ENOUGH HAIR TO QUALIFY AS SUFFERING FROM HAIR LOSS?

Hair loss begins subtly and may only become noticeable after years of gradual loss, but if you pay attention to the details there are definite telltale signs that your hair is thinning. Women with hereditary hair loss experience a general thinning of the hair, with the most extensive hair loss occurring on the top of the head and along the part.  Sometimes the hair loss experienced by women may resemble an evergreen tree pattern.   

MEN AND WOMEN LOSE THEIR HAIR DIFFERENTLY 

Male pattern baldness often follows along 2 predictable routes: a receding hairline and thinning at the crown. Meanwhile, women will slowly and subtly begin thinning across the central area of the scalp. Sometimes, female pattern hair loss may resemble a diffused evergreen tree pattern. Many women who experience this may notice that their mane isn’t what it once was, when they catch a glimpse of themselves in the mirror or in a photograph where the crown of their head looks particularly sparse.

WOMEN'S HAIR LOSS PATTERNS

Hereditary hair loss doesn’t happen overnight. Rather, genetic hair thinning evolves gradually, not suddenly. Below is a helpful chart of typical hair loss patterns. Women’s ROGAINE® Foam has been shown to regrow hair in women with the degrees of hair loss shown below.