Causes of Hair Loss in Women

Men and women experience hair loss, but there are a few different stressors that women experience that causes their hair loss. Childbirth, hormone imbalances, and hairstyling are some of the few causes of hair loss that women face in comparison to men. 

Women also develop androgenic alopecia, which is the most common form of hair loss for men and women. This hair loss involves the hair follicles shrinking and then resulting in no more hair growth. For most women, the first sign of hair loss is a general thinning of the hair. As well, with age, women’s hairlines begin to naturally recede. 


As with any stressor, childbirth can cause hair loss. For most mothers, experiencing hair loss about three months postpartum is normal. Though it ranges in severity, hair loss should slow down as mothers return to their natural hair growth cycle anywhere between six and twelve months after birth. 

Hormone Imbalances

  • For those who go on birth control, it’s common that when they stop taking that birth control, they can experience a hormonal imbalance that affects their hair growth. This can result in a thinning of the hair. A common type of hormonal imbalance in women is polycystic ovary syndrome. Outside of the cysts that develop on the ovaries, one of the usual symptoms is hair loss. 


Ponytails, braids, weaves that are worn or used frequently and/or too tight can lead to hair loss. Hairlines experience receding quicker from these stylings. This sort of hair loss is considered permanent. Hair loss from these styles are commonly associated with traction alopecia. Frequent hair dying, perming or relaxing of the hair can cause permanent follicle damage. Ultimately this would lead to no hair growing back from those damaged areas, and creating bald spots. 

With any hair loss, seeing a dermatologist to get the right treatment is imperative. At Radiant Skin Dermatology and Laser, we offer many resources and treatments for hair loss, such as hair restoration. Come in for a consultation for all your hair loss concerns.