As part of an ongoing effort to raise the conversation around women’s hair thinning and empower women to take charge of their hair health, our team of experts and physician partners are sharing their knowledge to arm women with the facts. This week, we’re exploring male pattern hair loss among women — and why it has nothing to do with femininity.
As a woman, it can be confusing to be told you have “male pattern hair loss.”
The first thing you should know about this diagnosis is that it has absolutely zero to do with femininity. So if you’re feeling ashamed or less than — show those feelings the door.
Fact: Male and female pattern hair loss are not gender-specific. Both male and female patterns of hair loss revolve around hair thinning, loss, and shortening; the microscopic changes observed in the hair follicles of both patterns are nearly identical. In male pattern hair loss, thinning begins at the hairline and temples and recedes slowly backwards. In female pattern hair loss, the midline part of the hair may become wider, but hair loss is general and dispersed over the crown of the head, preserving the hairline. When dermatologists diagnose either, they’re simply going by the visible pattern of where your hair was lost. That’s it!;