The Symptoms and Causes of Hair Loss in Women

Hair loss can be scary for a woman, yet it’s actually quite common. In fact, one in three women will experience some degree of thinning hair in their lifetime.

Want to know a little bit more about the causes of hair loss in women ? Read on...

Symptoms of Hair Loss in Women

The first signs of an issue in women can be a gradual widening of the part, more hair in the brush, being able to see the scalp under bright lights or spotlights, or you may notice that your ponytail has become thinner. For many women, the short growth phase associated with hair loss also means they can’t grow their hair past a certain length, e.g. not past the shoulders. Changes in hair quality, such as hair becoming more brittle, losing its shine, or the hair shafts becoming thinner are also signs and symptoms of changes in the hair cycle, hair aging and the early stages of hair loss

The Most Common Causes of Hair Loss in Women

For women, hair loss, or alopecia, can be associated with a number of different internal and external factors. The most common, pattern baldness can have a variety of causes, predominately hormonal. But there are other forms of hair loss too with different causes, some more severe than others. At the center of most forms of hair loss are changes in the natural pattern of hair growth known as the hair cycle.

For more on hair loss, find out why your hair might be falling out .

Female Pattern Baldness

Female pattern baldness can have a number of root causes. Many of these are related to genetics, lifestyle and environment. Together, these manifest as a condition called female pattern baldness, pattern alopecia or androgenetic alopecia. These terms all refer to the same physical outcome: a diffuse thinning of hair all over the head, often more severe around the temple and top of head.

Hormone Imbalances

Some of the main culprits in women are hormones which have an important role in regulating and disrupting hair growth.

First off, we need to clarify what hormones are and the many different types of hormones that you have in your body. Simply, hormones are special signal molecules produced in the body that effect change. A whole range of these can affect your hair in different ways.

Some main examples are:

Sex hormones: these are probably the most well-known and include estrogen and testosterone. The sex hormones give rise to gender specific features, drive the onset of puberty and control the menstrual cycle. Sex hormones can have a large influence on the hair and the hair cycle.

Metabolic hormones: these set your metabolic rate, regulate your metabolism and can also affect appetite. The best known are ones like insulin and the thyroid hormones. Thyroid conditions are often associated with hair loss and thinning.

Sleep hormones: the most well-known example is melatonin. These regulate your sleep wake (or circadian) cycle

Stress hormones: these molecules get your body ready for fight and flight by gearing up metabolism and also doing things like regulating blood pressure. Cortisol is probably the best known of these. Chronic stress and elevated stress hormones are also associated with hair changes.

Inflammatory hormones: these are collectively known as eicosanoids and are generally involved in infection and disease. However, they can have other functions including induction of labor. A number of these eicosanoid hormones are known to be involved in the way hair grows and cycles and have been implicated in hair loss.

Hormones are very potent molecules that that effect the body in profound ways. Many of them can also impact the way hair grows, metabolizes and cycles. After all, it is the sex hormones that cause the sprouting of pubic hair during puberty. And yes, hormones can affect the way that follicles grow so much that the texture of hair actually changes as a result. Texture of hair is influenced by the shape of the follicle and the angle that it grows in the scalp. During major hormonal events such as puberty this can be altered, which results in a change in texture. Note that it is only major events that are likely to do this.

So if hormones can impact the hair: Is your control causing my hair to fall out?

This could be the case. Pharmaceutical birth control pills and implants are actually hormones themselves, or combinations of hormones that work by preventing the release of yet other hormones involved in development of the egg and specific changes in the uterus lining. The prevention of these actions consequently prevents pregnancy.

As mentioned above, many hormones can affect the hair follicles, changing the way they grow and cycle. Some women have follicles that are especially sensitive to the impact of hormones altered by birth control and this can result in hair cycle shortening, increased shedding, hair thinning and changes in hair quality. For example, many women notice their hair becomes more brittle and drier. Some women may also notice hair loss when they stop taking a particular type of birth control pill, in this case it is the change or absence of the hormones in the pill that triggers a change in the hair cycle.

What Can you Do?

Hormonal interference actually changes the natural cycle of growth, regression, and shedding .

If you want to give your hair cycle some assistance and help combat any changes, look to something based in nature like the évolis Professional activators that use botanical actives to fight hair cycle shortening, the common form of hair cycle change which leads to hair loss and hair thinning.

Traction Alopecia

Traction alopecia occurs as a direct result of hair styling. Hair can also be damaged from poor treatment, including wearing hair in tight ponytails or having long heavy braids, weaves and extensions which can put pressure on the hair follicles and lead to traction alopecia. After extended periods of traction the follicles can become severely weakened, and if damaged enough will become dormant and no longer be able to produce hair.

If you are seeing a receding hairline and frequently have your hair in tight hairstyles, perhaps its time for change. Mix it up a little and give your follicles a break. To help the follicles recover, use évolis professional activators to repair the hair cycle, boos growth and give the follicle environment and antioxidant ands anti-inflammatory boost

Medical Conditions

If you are sick of have a chronic condition your hair can suffer too. some examples of illnesses that can cause hair changes are:

●Hypothyroidism and other thyroid syndromes

●Anaemia or Vitamin B12 deficiency

●Coeliac disease




In the case of illness and diet, the body reacts in a specific way that impact the way hair grows. The body is an amazing machine that intricately conserves and manages energy balance and nutrition. This means that when your body is under stress, or if illness is impacting your processing of nutrients, the body will change the hair cycle and shut down the hair follicles to preserve energy, sending it towards your brain, muscles and heart. Your hair will enter rest and will shed and regrow once the stress is removed.

When the hair cycle is interrupted, by diet and illness as above, the main thing that happens is the growth phase is shortened. A short growth phase means less hair growing, more hair resting and more falling. As this cycle shortening progresses to dysfunction, hair quality decreases and follicles eventually stop being able to regenerate a new hair, resulting in hair loss and hair thinning.

évolis professional actively fights hair cycle shortening by blocking the protein FGF5. The selected blend of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory botanicals with added vitamins also help to maintain a happy and healthy follicle environment to support your hair through times of illness.

Telogen Effluvium

Rapid shedding of large quantities of hair can be down to a type of hair change known as telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium is a common cause of rapid hair loss in women and root causes may include:

●Pregnancy and childbirth

●A high fever

●Chronic illness

●Emotional stress

●A serious infection

●Intense diets, a lack of protein, or eating disorder

So what causes telogen effluvium? The appearance of telogen effluvium means that a group of hairs have stopped growing at the same time and then have been shed together.

Telogen effluvium is usually the result of extreme stress or profound change in the body. Either in the form of emotional or physical stress.

Emotional stress such as a divorce or the loss of a loved one can be followed by a period of shedding, usually 2-3 months after the event. This delay happens because all of the follicles enter the rest phase together and stay there for a while, which is followed by a fall. Similarly, extreme dieting, illness or the changes that happen to the body after childbirth can also precipitate follicles shifting out of the growth phase and into the resting phase.

The change in the hair happens because in times of extreme physical and emotional stress the body diverts its energy to where it is needed. Hair and nails take a lot of energy to grow, but are not necessary for survival, your body knows this so it will divert energy away from the hair and nails towards the organs and other essential systems in times of need. This results in hair follicles shifting into the resting phase, which will be followed by a period of excess shedding when the follicles begin to grow.

With telogen effluvium, your hair will usually start to grow back when balance is restored in the body. However, people that have experienced this may notice that their hair doesn’t grow as well as it used to. In these instances, there may be residual dysfunction in the hair cycle. évolis™ can help to reset this dysfunction and return the hair cycle to a more natural pattern. In cases of prolonged stress, individuals will take longer to recover unless the stress is removed, évolis™ can be a useful support and preventative product in these instances.

Start Tackling Hair Loss Today

While losing your hair can be stressful, it’s important to remember that it’s also fairly common - even among women.Just ask évolis creator Maria Halasz .

At évolis we have always recognized that hair loss in women is as important and almost as common a challenge as it is in men. Led by our CEO Maria Halasz, we have always had a strong affiliation with women and we focus on female hair loss as much, if not more, than male hair loss. In Japan, where our technology was discovered and developed our biggest customers have always been women.

From the beginning we developed evolis so it will be “female friendly”, and doesn’t just address hair loss but hair thinning and hair aging as well. It was important that we can solve all hair quality concerns from root to tip.

Check out our hair loss products today.

évolis is the first, and still the only natural, scientifically and clinically validated anti-aging hair product that affects the biology of the hair. There are certainly other products that are great for the condition of the hair, but evolis is the only true technology that looks after the hair from root to tip.

évolis is based in strong science and proven technology. évolis is the result of over 20 years of research in our dedicated labs in Japan where we have examined the various aspects of the hair cycle. In particular, the transitional period where hair stops growing and starts resting and gets ready to fall. Our technology specifically targets this area to combat hair cycle shortening common to all forms of non-scarring hair loss. Specifically, we target the key culprit in hair cycle shortening: a protein called FGF5

évolis has leveraged our knowledge of the hair cycle and the negative action of the protein FGF5 to look for specific solutions to hair loss and thinning. Instead of going down a synthetic path we decided to take the natural approach. In our dedicated labs, we have used sophisticated laboratory methods to screen thousands of plants and plant derived molecules, specifically starting with those used in traditional medicine, to find the most powerful FGF5 blockers in nature. Each évolis formula is packed with our patented évolis blend of botanicals that work to restore the hair cycle, reducing hair fall and promoting hair growth

Each évolis product is also loaded with a range of supporting botanical extracts specifically chosen for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, as well as natural hair protecting and fortifying essential oils and extracts

Importantly, our technology is backed by a number of clinical studies in both men and women, as well as scientific usage studies assessing the benefits of our support products in men and women with hair challenges

Check out our hair loss products to promote your hair growth today.

About the Author


Dr Dominic Burg
PhD, Chief Scientist

Dr Dominic Burg is a biochemist and systems biologist with expertise in hair and scalp biology, particularly hair cycle signalling. An accomplished science communicator with a career spanning academic research and the private sector, Dr Burg is the Chief Scientist for pioneering hair and scalp health leaders évolis.


Want deals too good to miss?

Subscribe to our newsletter and get 10% OFF your first order.

No thanks