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Female Pattern Hair Loss: Symptoms & Treatments

Curated and medically reviewed by Dr. Ganesh Gandhale , On May 30, 2023

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Hair loss affects everyone, and there are various reasons for the same. It can be emotional and challenging, but treatments and solutions are available to manage or even reverse it. Seeking help is a proactive step towards feeling confident and comfortable in your skin.

Many factors, such as food deficiencies, stress, certain medical diseases, and changes in hormone levels, can contribute to hair loss. Women experience it more often than men. It can be tough for women because hair is associated with femininity. Getting some easy yet effective and safe treatments is essential. 

This article will look at some effective Ayurvedic home remedies that can help prevent hair loss and keep your hair healthy

Symptoms of Female Pattern Hair Loss

Despite experimenting with numerous products and styles, hair still needs to be improved. It’s becoming increasingly apparent that hair is thinning near the crown of the head. More hair may start to fall out. Compared to male pattern hair loss, the thinning and hair loss in females have different patterns. It can occur in waves and often advances over many years.

It’s uncommon for females to have a bald spot on the top of their heads or a receding hairline. This may occur if your body has high androgens (male hormones). Mainly the top and crown of the scalp experience hair thinning. Usually, it widens through the middle of the hair portion. This is referred to as the Christmas tree hair loss pattern. 

The front hairline is unaltered except for regular recession, which occurs to everyone over time. Rarely, unlike in men, does the hair loss develop to complete or nearly complete baldness. Hair on the face is coarser and thinner if elevated testosterone levels are the cause.

Causes of Female Pattern Hair Loss 

In most cases, female pattern hair loss is influenced by genetics. These genes can be inherited from one or both of your parents. The hair follicles are affected by androgens, which results in hair loss. Instead of dense, dark hair, the hair follicles create thin, colourless hair. Your hormone levels will typically be in the normal range. Sometimes, like in the case of PCOS, high levels of androgens may be the cause.

Female Pattern Hair Loss 

Female baldness is hereditary, like male baldness. Genetics plays a significant role, passed down from both parents. Age-related hair loss is not unusual, but understanding the genetic component can aid in managing the condition.

Although it can start earlier, female pattern baldness tends to become more prevalent as a woman ages and enters midlife. Hormonal changes could possibly play a role since it often appears after menopause.

A hormone called androgen is involved in pattern hair loss. Hair loss can also result from the ovary or pituitary gland tumours, which release androgen.

Other causes of female hair loss include:

  • Autoimmune disease: Alopecia areata is an uncommon form of autoimmune disease that results in hair loss by causing the immune system to target the hair follicles.
  • Medication: Hair loss is a side effect of some medicines, including those used to treat cancer. However, the hair typically grows back after a person stops taking medicine.
  • Sickness: Following a serious sickness, such as a severe infection, a high fever, or surgery, hair loss may appear.
  • Traction alopecia: Hair loss brought on by using hairstyles that strain the hair too tightly regularly.

Treatment for Female Pattern Hair Loss 

There are various Indian ayurvedic herbal hair loss treatments available for women. Female pattern baldness causes lifelong hair loss if left untreated. Hair loss is often mild to moderate. It is important to remember that you may not require treatments if you are content and comfortable with how you look.

Here are some ayurvedic ingredients that you can use to treat female pattern hair loss 

1. Bhringraj

Bhringraj oil, made from an Indian ayurvedic herb, promotes hair growth and reduces hair loss. It’s a natural source of essential vitamins and minerals that nourish hair, leaving it healthy and shiny. Add it to coconut or sesame oil for best results, and use it regularly. It also helps reduce stress by increasing blood circulation to the scalp. Use regularly for better results and shiny, healthy hair.

2. Brahmi

Brahmi is used in Ayurveda to promote hair growth and thickening hair. It strengthens hair follicles and treats dry scalp. Brahmi oil also reduces stress levels in the body, which can contribute to hair loss. Make your oil at home by boiling brahmi leaves in coconut oil and massaging it into your scalp. Keep it for at least half an hour before shampooing your hair. 

3. Amla

Amla is an excellent addition to any hair care and skincare routine. Amla is also great for overall hair and scalp health. Add amla to your hair care routine for stronger, lustrous hair. It removes dandruff and promotes scalp health. Massaging with amla oil improves circulation for natural hair growth. Drink amla juice for overall health benefits.

4. Fenugreek Seeds

Fenugreek seeds have many health benefits and are a staple in Indian kitchens. They can help with hair fall and dandruff by strengthening and nourishing hair. Soak fenugreek seeds overnight, make a paste, and apply it to your hair and scalp for 30 minutes to keep your hair healthy. Rinse with lukewarm water. Do this three times a week for optimal results.

5. Shikakai

Shikakai is a natural alternative to chemical shampoos. It has antioxidants that nourish hair and stimulate growth. Mix two tablespoons of powdered shikakai with coconut oil and massage into hair twice weekly for healthy, luscious locks.

Prevention of Female Pattern Hair Loss 

Female pattern hair loss may be hereditary, so prevention may not always be possible. To avoid breakage and damage, one can take steps to maintain their hair as healthily as possible.

Consider the following hair-care advice:

  • Limit chemical and heat procedures like perming, straightening, and hair extensions that can harm your hair.
  • Consume foods high in protein, essential vitamins, and iron.
  • Cover your hair with a hat or a scarf to shield your hair from sun damage.
  • Avoid brushing your hair when it is wet. Instead, use your fingers or a wide-toothed comb.


Female pattern hair loss can be upsetting and have a negative impact on one’s self-esteem and self-image. Women who lose a lot of hair should consult an Ayurvedic vaidya who can help identify the problem and suggest the best course of action.

A person can create a treatment strategy to stop further hair loss with an early diagnosis. Some treatments could promote hair growth again. The efficacy may change depending on the treatment chosen and the rate of hair loss.

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1. Can female pattern hair loss be stopped?

Natural treatments can reduce or slow down female pattern hair loss. Try natural remedies like amla, shikakai, fenugreek seeds, bhringraj, and brahmi to slow down or reverse female pattern hair loss.

2. Can female pattern hair loss grow back?

In contrast to some kinds of AFAB (assigned females at birth) hair loss, female pattern baldness is permanent and cannot be reversed without treatment. But with the right care, hair loss can be stopped, and some lost hair may grow back. To avoid hair loss again, you must continue this treatment for a long time.

3. What kind of hair loss is the female pattern?

A pattern of hair loss (alopecia) brought on by hormones, ageing, and heredity factors is known as female pattern hair loss. Unlike male pattern baldness, female pattern hair loss is an overall thinning that preserves the natural hairline.

4. What is the best treatment for female pattern hair loss?

Amla is one of the most popular natural hair thinning and loss remedies. It’s rich in vitamin C and antioxidants and can be consumed directly, with water, or as hair oil. It reverses hair thinning, greying, and hair loss.

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    Dr. Shamal Avinash Pawar
    Dr. Shamal Avinash Pawar
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    Dr. Shamal Avinash Pawar has been working as an Assistant Doctor at Prakruti Ayurvedic Health Resort in Satara for the past two years. With her expertise in Ayurvedic Chikitsa, she is well-versed in Tridoshatmak Chikitsa and Panchabhoutik Chikitsa. Her counseling services are focused on ensuring proper menstrual cycle, post hysterectomy care, and conducting thorough body examinations. She also recommends exercises tailored to each individual. Additionally, for her interest, Vaidya Shamal Avinash Pawar also works as a content writer for Healthy India Club, a WhatsApp group that provides valuable information about Ayurveda and practical tips for everyday life to the general public.
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