Growing PainsMarch 1, 2008 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
Men get all the attention, but hair loss affects women, too. We've got some solutions.
Hair loss is a condition typically associated with men rather than women, but according to research done by Spencer Forrest, a company that manufactures several products targeting this issue, approximately 40 percent of women in the United States experience thinning hair. Unlike men, who most often experience a receding hairline, women tend to suffer from thinning all over the head.
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"There are many causes of thinning hair," says Karen Nace, educational director at Nexxus. "Topical irritation, nutrient deprivation and hormone imbalance are just some of them." But most people have genetics to blame for thinning hair. Hair is at its thickest at age 20. After that, the downward slope to thinning hair begins. Hair reproduces in a 28-day cycle, but with time, it'll slow to a 60-day cycle, resulting in less hair.
While stylists don't have control over their clients' DNA, they can still offer help to those dealing with thinning hair by recommending products that address the problem. "It's culturally unacceptable for women to do nothing about thinning hair, whereas men are resigned to the fact that aging is inevitable," says Trevor Attenborough, vice president of marketing at Nioxin. "This forces women to seek products." Fortunately there are several companies dedicated to offering solutions. From shampoos and vitamins to lasers and cosmetic options, there is something out there for everyone.