Women's Hair Loss & Solutions
Hair loss is unique to each person and there are different levels of hair loss that both men and women can experience. You may be wondering what causes hair loss? Hair loss can be temporary or permanent and can be caused from a variety of sources such as genetics, prescription medications, anemia, pregnancy, stress, diet, cancer treatments, and more. Top pieces are a great solution for localized hair loss. If hair loss is more extensive or diffuse, wigs will be ideal. Watch our videos below to learn more about what causes hair loss.
Hair Loss by the Numbers
Although anyone can experience hair loss, women actually make up 40% of American hair loss sufferers -- 1 in 4 women in the U.S. (source: American Hair Loss Association). It may not be uncommon, but it can be upsetting! Unless you've experienced hair loss first-hand, it can be difficult to grasp the emotional toll it can take. For many of us, hair can be a surprisingly important part of our identity and for women, our sense of femininity.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the average person loses anywhere from 50 to 100 strands of hair each day - sometimes even 250 strands on hair washing days. But, hair loss becomes noticeable when the rate of shedding exceeds the rate of regrowth or when regrowth is thinner than previous.
Stages of the Hair Cycle
There are 3 phases of hair growth: Growth, Transition, and Resting phases. When hair is the in the growth phase (Anagen phase), the hair follicle is nourished through blood supply, which enables it to grow. Generally, 90% of the hair on the head is in the growth phase since this phase can last anywhere from 2-8 years. Next is the Transition phase (Catagen phase) where the follicle detaches from the blood supply and shrinks in size. This phase lasts about 2-3 weeks. Then, since the follicle is not receiving nutrients anymore, the follicle enters the Resting phase (Telogen phase). In this phase, the hair falls out over the next two to four months. So, hair loss becomes noticeable when the hair is in the Transition or Resting phase more than the Regrowth phase.
Women notice hair loss or thinning quicker than men because of combing and washing regimens. 40% of our clients use alternative hair as a helper to add coverage and volume to remedy the appearance of thinning hair.
Diagnosing Hair Loss
Alopecia is the medical term for excessive hair loss. It can be caused by anything from chemotherapy and radiation therapy side effects to stress, age, genetics, poor nutrition and autoimmune disorders. Androgenetic alopecia is genetic and causes 95% of hair loss -- often diffuse thinning for women and pattern balding for men. Alopecia areata, and various other types of less common alopecia, are autoimmune disorders resulting in hair loss ranging from small patches to complete hair loss which can be temporary or permanent.
We understand both the causes and effects of hair loss, and we're here to help you find a solution to regain your confidence.
What Alternative Hair Option Is Right For Me?
Each person’s hair loss journey is unique and requires different alternative hair solutions. Depending on the desired level of coverage, toppers are a great option for those that still want to show their biological hair but would like to add some oomph!
At Wigs.com, we categorize our hair toppers into 3 categories based on a the amount of coverage and volume to your look that they will provide.
Need help determining the right alternative hair solution for your hair loss? Explore our Hair Topper & Top Piece Guide to find the best level of coverage for you!
Need additional assistance? Our Client Care Representatives can help you find the perfect hair topper for you based on your preferences and lifestyle. Our Representatives can also help match a hair topper color or wig color to your biological hair!
HAIR LOSS: REAL WOMEN, REAL STORIES
"Hair loss doesn't have to be an end, it can be a beginning..." - Jessica Benjamin, featured in Wigs.com’s Stories of Hope.
See more inspirations stories of women experiencing hair loss and the ways in which alternative hair has impacted their journey.
Watch our Stories of Hope!
If you still have questions or concerns about hair loss, please contact one of our experts. We've got you covered!