Hair loss seems more of a men's issue; but women are just as likely to lose, or have thinning hair leading up to baldness. Hair loss in women becomes most noticeable in your 50s and 60s, but it can happen at a younger age due to a variety of reasons.
For example, certain medications like cholesterol-lowering drugs, blood thinners, antidepressants and anti-inflammatory drugs, interfere with the hair growth cycle and can stop hair from being formed properly.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, most people will lose around 50 to 100 stands of hair everyday and even more (around 250 strands) during the shampooing process. Even though this individual strand loss is normal, losing large patches or clumps of hair is not. For women, it's easier to tell if you're losing large amounts of hair.
After waking up, if there is an unusually large amount of hair on your pillow, or after brushing more hair is in the comb that normal, it can be a sign that your hair is thinning. Most women's hair tends to thin out on the top third to one-half of the scalp.
Dual Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. James C. Marotta, MD, shares what to look for in women's hair thinning or hair loss, as well as the treatment options available.