How is Hair Loss in Men Different From Hair Loss in Women?

Both men and women can experience hair loss in their lifetime, however there are some stark differences in how, why and the impact it can have. Hair loss in men, for example, is seen as far more common than hair loss in women. Yet, hair loss in women can be perceived as more traumatic than hair loss in men. Here are some of the fundamental differences between hair loss in men and women.The Difference Between Men's and Women's HairBefore trying to understand the difference between male and female hair loss, it's important to look at the differences between the hair itself. Men, for example, have a greater growth rate than women; 0.349mm/day for a man and 0.339/day for a woman. This is caused by the hormonal differences between a man and a woman, with men producing more testosterone. This can make a man's hair not only grow faster, but seem thicker as well. Now you know why men get their hair cut more often than women!Hereditary Hair LossWhen it comes to male balding, research says that in around 80% of cases the hair loss is hereditary. This means that if somebody in the family experiences male pattern baldness, then it is likely that their male descendants will too. However, with female hair loss just 30% of cases are thought to be hereditary. Women can still use their parents and grandparents as an indicator of whether they may experience hair loss, but it is less likely to be passed through the genes than it is with men.Hormonal Hair LossSome of the biggest differences between male and female hair loss are the aggravating factors and causes. Although both men and women can experience thinning hair for similar reasons (stress, poor diet, etc.), there are many aggravating factors that are different. As an example, female hair loss is common when there is an imbalance of hormones, such as during the menopause. Even child birth and breast feeding can cause hair loss in some cases.Female and Male Pattern BaldnessBoth men and women can suffer from pattern hair loss or balding, yet both will experience the symptoms in different ways. Male pattern baldness tends to start with a receding hairline and hair thinning around the crown. This can then progress across the entire head, resulting in baldness. In female pattern hair loss, the first signs tend to happen around the top, central area of the scalp. Most women do not see a difference in their hairline unless they suffer with Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia. Female pattern hair loss can spread to the side area of the head, in the temples and also above the ears. Only a small number of women, compared to men, will experience full baldness.Although there may be some huge differences between male and female hair loss, the impact on self esteem and confidence can be the same. Total Cover Plus can help with hair loss in both men and women, so get in contact with us today.