The Difference Between Male and Female Hairloss


Hairloss is often associated with men, but the unfortunate reality is that it happens to women as well.

male and female hair loss


When is hair loss a problem?

Hair growth follows a certain cycle. Each hair grows half an inch for each month for a period of two to six years. Hair is lost when new hair slowly grows and pushes old hair out. Typically, we lose about 50-100 hairs in one day. But when we lose a lot more than that, that’s when it becomes an issue.

What are the differences between male and female hairloss?

Genetics, medical conditions, and nutritional deficiencies play a major factor in hairloss for both men and women. One of the main differences, however, is the pattern of hairloss. Male pattern hairloss (MPHL) is more commonly recognized, but female pattern hairloss is a common occurrence as well.

Male pattern hairloss and the Norwood Scale

The Norwood Scale is a visual representation of male pattern hairloss. It helps you understand how far your hairloss has progressed. The scale below shows the most typical patterns, though there are many variants in pattern hairloss.

Female pattern hairloss and the Norwood scale

Two visual scales are commonly used to track female hairloss progression: the Ludwig Scale and the Savin Scale. These scales are similar, except that the Savin Scale also measures overall thinning.

Treatments for hairloss

The charts above help you identify the stage of hairloss you are in. At the onset of hairloss, have your hair and scalp checked and start preventive treatments to ensure optimal results.

If you’re worrying about hairloss, Svenson is here to help you find the best treatments available. Talk to us today.