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by: Better Not Younger
June 20, 2020
As you age, your scalp and hair undergo physiological changes. Your follicles experience “follicular miniaturization” where they shrink and produce a shorter, thinner hair shaft. Thinner, non-pigmented (gray or white) hairs replace your thicker, pigmented hairs. Some follicles quit spawning new hairs altogether causing hair loss.
Nearly half of all women will suffer from noticeable hair loss (or alopecia), and about 30 million U.S. women will experience the most common form called female pattern hair loss.
The psychological impact of alopecia on women is usually greater than on men because it is considered less socially acceptable. Women often feel their hair reflects their sexuality, femininity, personality, and attractiveness, more so than men. This loss often negatively impacts a woman’s quality of life, self-confidence, and emotional well-being; therefore, discovering beneficial methods to stop hair from falling out is paramount for most women.
On average, people drop 50 to 100 hairs each day. When you were young those strands were replaced by new hairs that sprouted from the same follicles; however, as you mature more tresses fall out and less grows back, caused by a hitch in your hair’s growth cycle known as androgenetic alopecia.
Your hair develops out of narrow skin pockets called follicles and experiences three phases of growth, anagen, catagen, and telogen.
A major interrupter to your hair’s growth cycle is androgenetic alopecia (female pattern hair loss). Androgenetic alopecia is provoked by age-related changes in dihydrotestosterone (DHT) levels. DHT is a hormone that spurs hair loss in aging women and can begin any time after puberty but is most noticeable when women arrive at menopause. DHT is crucial for sex drive and hair growth control and is caused by genetics.
Female pattern hair loss differs from the receding hairline and balding that affects men. You may first experience minor thinning that can often be hidden with hair-styling adjustments. If it continues to progress you may experience a wider-than-normal midline part and eventually diffused hair thinning over your entire head.
There are two approaches you can take in the effort to regain more thick and voluminous hair: stimulate your dormant follicles into growing hair again and stop your hair loss before it happens. Consider the following solutions to prevent your female pattern hair loss:
When you reach your 40s and beyond, hair loss may seem inescapable — follicles narrow, hormones fluctuate, and your body thirsts for the nutrients necessary for vibrant hair. Better Not Younger gives you the tools to sidestep hair loss, restore your confidence, and live a life that gets better and better, one great hair day at a time.