A common misconception is that only males are subjected to hair loss. However, research shows that women are almost as likely as men to experience thinning or loss of hair. In a 2001 study, The American Academy of Dermatology revealed that 50% of women show visible hair loss by the age of 50.

Here are some facts about hair loss, particularly as it relates to women:

The most common type of hair loss seen in women is androgenetic alopecia, also known as female pattern alopecia or baldness. This is seen as hair thinning predominantly over the top and sides of the head. It affects approximately one-third of all susceptible women, but is most commonly seen after menopause, although it may begin as early as puberty. The progression of female pattern baldness is different from that of male pattern baldness. In female pattern baldness: