Causes of Hair Loss For Women


At Raleigh Hair Concepts, we understand that hair loss is different for women. Most women do not expect to lose their hair and the experience can be quite unsettling, or even frightening. That's why we will develop a treatment plan that's right for you, while making sure you feel comfortable. Our top priorities are:

  • Making sure you're comfortable
  • Determining the cause of your hair loss
  • Helping you understand your hair loss
  • Working together to choose the right treatments for you
  • Creating a natural and lasting look
  • Transforming how you look AND feel so you can get back to being you

It's Different for Women

Most women don't expect to experience hair loss. It can be an upsetting and frightening experience. At Raleigh Hair Concepts, we understand that hair loss in women is different than in men, and strive to restore your confidence and peace of mind. We will work to determine the underlining cause of your hair loss and offer a variety of natural-looking options to cope with your thinning hair that will be undetectable to those around you.

Causes of Hair Loss in Women

A medical condition or medication is often the cause of hair loss in women. This can be the result of a hormone imbalance, stress, nutrient deficiencies in the scalp, and problems with the thyroid. Though over-coloring, shampooing, or teasing hair can damage existing hair, it rarely leads to hair loss.

Causes of hair loss in women include:

Female pattern baldness

It is possible for women to experience a form of androgenetic alopecia. Changes in hormones negatively affect the growth cycle of hair follicles.

Medical treatments

Chemotherapy is a widely known cause of hair loss, but other prescription medications and treatments can also affect your hair. Schedule a visit with Raleigh Hair Concepts before your treatment so we can match your new hair to your naturally growing hair.

Hormonal changes, thyroid issues, and vitamin deficiencies

Menopause, insufficient iron, or a vitamin B deficiency can be the source of the problem.

Alopecia areata

This is an autoimmune issue that can cause uneven or patchy hair loss.

Alopecia totalis

This is an advanced form of alopecia areata which causes hair loss over the whole scalp.

Alopecia universalis

As the name implies, this leads to hair loss over the whole body.

Telogen Effluvium

This type of hair loss is often linked to stress. The follicles prematurely enter the resting phase, leading to thinner hair.

Other Medical Conditions

There are a variety of other conditions that can lead to hair loss, such as lupus and trichotillomania (a disorder that causes chronic hair pulling). Let Raleigh Hair Concepts help determine if your hair loss is a result of an underlying medical condition.

We Understand Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania is the compulsive or irresistible urge to pull out ones hair. It is classified as an impulse control disorder, as are things like compulsive gambling and pyromania.

Impulse control disorders are characterized by the inability to resist the urge to perform a specific action, even though it is harmful to oneself or someone else. Someone who suffers from an impulse control disorder may experience a sense of increased tension before preforming the behavior and feel a sense of relief, release of tension, or even pleasure afterwards.

People suffering from trichotillomania are unable to resist the urge to pull out their hair, increased tension before pulling, and a feeling of relief afterwards. It is a neurological disorder, not just a bad habit. It is most common in women, and onset usually happens during puberty. There are many treatment options available and the prognosis is good.