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Hair Loss Causes in Men and Women

When one begins to experience hair loss, commonly referred to as alopecia,  it can be an overwhelmingly confusing and scary feeling. Although hair loss over time is common, it’s imperative to figure out why it’s happening. As our bodies age, it’s not unusual to experience some gradual loss of hair, or thinning of hair. 

It only becomes a concern when you notice that you are losing an exceptional amount of hair that is outside of your norm. And even then, it’s best not to worry, but instead, schedule an appointment with your general physician or dermatologist to get it checked out. 

Approximately 35 million men and 21 million women experience hair loss. The reasoning for these cases vary. Hair loss can be due to a variety of factors including but not limited to: stress, age, hormones, genetics, and illness. In this article, we will unfold hair loss statistics in both men and women as well as the different reasons an individual may begin to lose their hair.


Hair Loss in Men 

By the time males reach the age of thirty- five, over two-thirds of American men will begin to lose hair to some degree. By the age of fifty, approximately 85% of men will have significantly thinning hair. 

As our bodies age, it’s considered normal, and especially prominent for men, to show signs of thinning hair. Seeing that the average person loses up to 100 strands of hair a day, it’s only a cause for concern when bald spots begin to appear, or clumps of hair begin to fall out at once.

More than half of men 50 or older have signs of hair loss. It then reaches 4 out of 5 men by age 70. For men, the first sight of thinning hair is usually at the hairline and in most cases, it’s simply due to their genetic make-up. 


Hair Loss in Women  

People tend to believe that hair loss only affects men. However, it is estimated that more than 50% of women will also experience noticeable hair loss at some point in their lives. Hair loss is common in women over the age of 40 and gradually gets more common as a woman’s age increases.

Men tend to lose hair starting at their hairline; whereas women who experience hair loss may notice that their part is gradually becoming wider. They may also notice that they see more of their scalp when their hair is pulled back with a hair tie. 


Hair Loss Causes

Hair loss can occur for several reasons, which include but are not limited to:

  • Stress: If you have undergone emotional, mental, or physical trauma such as a death in the family, a loss of a job, a major surgery, or even an illness, these can all cause your body enough stress that can result in hair loss.
  • Genetics: Hair loss genes can be passed down by your mother or father. Hair loss tendencies on both sides of a person’s family are suggestive of a person’s predisposition to hair loss, with heredity accounting for 80% of the condition.
  • Age: Some hair loss over time is inevitable. As our bodies age, we can expect to notice thinner hair. This is part of the aging process and it’s considered normal unless you notice clumps of hair are falling out at once, or bald spots are developing. 
  • Illness: Hair loss as a result of an illness is usually accompanied by other signs that may urge you to visit your healthcare physician. It’s important to pay attention to what your body is telling you and to take proactive steps when your body seems off. If you notice hair loss in addition to other signs that you don’t feel your normal self, make an appointment with your healthcare provider to get it checked out. 


The Takeaway 

Both men and women experience hair loss which can be due to a variety of reasons. If you notice you are losing hair that is outside of your norm, it’s best to be one step ahead rather than one step behind by visiting your doctor to figure out the cause. One we understand why you’re losing hair, we can develop a hair loss treatment plan.

If you still have questions or concerns, please schedule an appointment at Cumberland Skin Surgery and Dermatology today! We would be happy to help ease your mind pertaining to any hair loss you may be experiencing. 

 Cumberland Skin Surgery and Dermatology provides effective, compassionate general dermatology, skin cancer surgery and cosmetic dermatology solutions for our patients throughout the Southeast. With offices in Hermitage, Lebanon, Brentwood and Hendersonville, Tennessee, we’re your destination for high-caliber skincare. Visit our website at or give us a call today at 615-257-7128.


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