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How Hair Loss Differs in Men and Women

Hair loss effects far more people than you might think in both men and women. Although there are some similarities found in some cases such as genetics, there also some profound differences including the effectiveness of hair treatment for growth products.

Male versus Female Pattern Baldness

Perhaps the most common as well as the most familiar cause of hair loss in men is male pattern baldness. This is the familiar occurrence of hair loss that begins at the top of the forehead and continues in the tell tale “receding hairline” leaving a u-shaped thinning hair area around the back of the head. In women the condition is called Female Pattern Baldness. In women the hair loss is experienced at the top of the head and is far more gradual and therefore less noticeable than male pattern baldness. Also in women complete baldness is very rare whereas in men near baldness or complete baldness is inevitable.

The Physiology of Hair Loss

Your hair has a life cycle it follows with three distinct phases. In most people 90 percent of their follicles are in the stage known as the Anagen stage in which your follicles are producing hair strands. Each hair follicle remains in this stage from 2-8 years. Hair follicles then proceed into the Catagen stage and during this period follicles begin to shrink. Normally this lasts for 2-3 weeks and only 1-2 percent of hair is usually at this stage. The last stage is the Telogen stage in which the hair follicle takes a rest. About 10-15 percent of your follicles should be in this stage and it lasts for about 2-4 months. This loss takes place when follicles remain in the Telogen stage.

The Physiology of Thinning Hair

When your hair thins it is a result of the follicle slowly shrinking. The size of the follicle makes the strand of hair thinner and thinner. In most cases, eventually the hair follicle shrinks until it is completely gone.

Other Causes of Hair Loss in Women versus Men

The causes of hair loss in women are quite different from men. Many are hormonal and can include:

• Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

• Menopause and aging

• Pregnancy and childbirth

• Medication such as oral contraceptives

Further shared causes include:

• Fungal Infections

• Stress

• Sudden dramatic hair loss

Treatment for Growth for Women

There are many medications and hair treatment for growth products available on the market today. Some do not work for women or are less effective for women. Hair treatment for growth products that women respond to well include:

• Provillus as it provides a targeted hair treatment for growth for men and another for women. This allows it to work more effectively due to the different formulation.

• ProVia, a scalp treatment for men and women that uses procapil to improve hair root health.

Treatment for Growth for Men

A very successful hair treatment for growth product for men in addition to those above includes Profollica, which is proven to reduce hair loss in men by 90 percent by awakening dormant hair follicles.

If you are suffering from hair loss take comfort in knowing there are many hair treatment for growth options to help you regrow your thinning hair.

Gayle M McLeod