Female hair loss is thought to be slightly more susceptible to environmental factors than male equivalents. This is generally down to the fact that hormones alone are likely to make men experience thinness or balding at some point, but not women. So men are more likely to lose their hair, but when it happens to women, it is more likely to be for an unexpected reason. This changes the ideal way to diagnose shedding problems in different genders and means it is always a good idea to look more closely at non-hormonal factors in female hair loss.
The upside is that creams and laser procedures are more likely to get great results, and women are marginally less likely than men to need surgical hair implants.
: If you are dieting heavily, particularly with a focus on rapid weight loss, then thinning or balding might be an unintended consequence. Growing new follicles takes energy and nutrients, so when your intake suddenly changes, the body has to redistribute these nutrients and sometimes the hair misses out. There is no real rhyme or reason to this, and it is either down to pure luck or reasons scientists have yet to establish. Either way, it is a distinct category and one worth bearing in mind.
Illness or infection: Inherently, both women and men are equally likely to suffer from scalp bacterial illness and infections. In practice, however, women are slightly more likely to have these, as they tend to have longer hair. This includes fungal, parasitic and bacterial issues, all of which can cause excess shedding. It is worth noting that the presence of these conditions is (usually) no reflection on a person’s hygiene, and can happen to anyone. These issues can usually be completely fixed with medications, but in severe cases, or ones that have been left to go on for too long, might require hair implants.
Damaged hair: Tightly tying back hair can put excessive pressure on the strands, and if done daily for years, can lead to shedding. In most cases, this only damages the hairs themselves, which will just keep regrowing good as new, but sometimes the follicles themselves get too strained and will stop growing. Once again, this can occur in both genders, but is functionally more common in women as they usually have longer strands and stylings that are more elaborate.
Pregnancy: The altered hormone levels associated with pregnancy can cause shedding after giving birth, particularly in people who have noticed that their hair actually got thicker during pregnancy. This can be compounded by the use of fertility enhancers. Needless to say, this is an issue that tends to affect only women, but it is interesting to note that men who take pregnancy hormone supplements have also been known to suffer hair loss as a result. Generally, this can be treated with post-natal medication, but sometimes your hair just will not grow back and will require other solutions.