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Hair loss in women is a treatable condition in most cases. Are you experiencing womens hair loss? Get a Certified Trichologist to assess and help treat your condition in Toronto and Greater Toronto Area. Please complete our online Trichology Assessment Form to get started now.


What is the main reason for hair loss in females?

Womens hair loss is more complicated than men’s hair loss, as there is usually no single cause for female alopecia.  Female hair loss triggers range from as many as 30 medical conditions, hormones, genetics, poor nutrition, lifestyle factors, pregnancy, and menopause.  When addressing women’s hair loss, questions about hormone imbalances and thyroid issues need to be addressed as a starting point.

Women can experience many forms of hair loss, usually androgenetic hair loss (AGA) / female pattern hair loss (FPHL) and chronic telogen effluvium (CTC).  Most women suffering from hair loss have one or both hair loss conditions, AGA, CTE, or AGA + CTE).

What is Androgenetic Hair Loss?

Androgenetic hair loss or androgenetic alopecia (AGA) is the most common form of hair loss in women.  This type of hair loss is characterized by progressive and slow diffused hair loss all over the scalp area.  It is also the most common form of hair loss in men as well.  Hormones and genetics appear to be the leading causes of AGA in women.  Environment, age, nutrition, and stress can also play a role in FPHL.

Women can inherit the gene for pattern baldness from either the mother or father. Hormones in both women and men cause AGA hair loss.  Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is the specific hormone that causes hair loss.   DHT is created from testosterone by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase.  This enzyme can also be made from DHEA, a hormone more common in females.  DHT is found in the hair follicles, skin, and the prostate.  It is the DHT’s actions and the hair follicles sensitivity to DHT that causes hair loss.

Some females carry the genes that make hair follicles susceptible to destruction due to the male hormone DHT.  For females, besides hereditary, pregnancy, imbalance of hormones caused by ovarian cysts, taking high androgen index birth control pills, and menopause, can also cause FPHL. After menopause, hair loss is more prevalent as a women’s sex hormone estrogen levels drop.

What is Telogen Effluvium?

Telogen effluvium (TE) is a type of hair loss characterized by the sudden and pronounced amount of hair loss.  TE is a temporary hair loss condition defined as a transitory increase in the number of hairs in the resting phase of the cycles in hair growth.  TE is usually caused by a major physical trauma, surgery, high fever/illness, significant psychological stress, extreme diet change, extreme weight loss, childbirth, or menopause.  Telogen effluvium usually resolves completely without any treatment over several months.  The average duration of TE is approximately 100 days (between 3 to 6 months), after which the hair starts to grow back again.

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What is Chronic Telogen Effluvium?

Chronic telogen effluvium (CTE) is TE that lasts longer than six months.  Women with a long history of hair shedding may be experiencing chronic telogen effluvium.  CTE shows the following characteristics: abrupt onset of hair loss in the beginning, special memory of the time of onset, duration over six months, and positive pull test results in four areas of the scalp.  CTE is characterized by excessive, abrupt, alarming, diffuse shedding of hair that runs a fluctuating course over many years.

Can Iron Deficiency Cause Hair Loss?

If a woman is low in iron, the body cannot produce the hemoglobin in the blood very well. Hemoglobin carries oxygen for the growth and repair of cells, including the cells that stimulate hair growth. Vitamin C plays an important role in the intestinal absorption of iron due to its chelating and reducing effect.  Vitamin C assists iron mobilization and intestinal absorption.  Therefore, it is important to take vitamin C for patients with hair loss associated with iron deficiency.

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What Lack of Vitamin Causes Hair Loss?

Vitamins can play a role in non-scarring alopecia in women. Micronutrients helps with cellular turnover in the hair follicle cycle. If some of these micronutrients are depleted or over-supplemented, it can cause hair loss. That is why a balanced diet with proper nutrition is vital to maintain healthy hair.  In terms of vitamins, biotin (vitamin B7), folate (vitamin B9), riboflavin (vitamin B2), and Cobalamin (vitamin B12) deficiencies have been linked with womens hair loss.  If you are noticing more hair loss than usual, and it isn’t growing back, you should get a proper vitamin assessment with a blood test to determine if your vitamin and mineral levels are balanced.

Can Female Hair Loss Grow Back?

If you are experiencing a temporary hair loss condition like TE, your hair loss can grow back on its own.  However, if you are experiencing a condition like female pattern baldness, then the condition is irreversible and permanent without treatment. An effective hair loss program can help minimize hair loss and help regrow lost hair.

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What is the Best Treatment for Womens Hair Loss?

At the Trichology Centre in Toronto, we believe the best non-surgical strategy for FPHL is combination therapy. By combination therapy, we mean doing several things rather than just one treatment. Variables in hair loss treatment include age of onset, gender, duration of hair loss, and rate of progression and degree of hair loss.  There is no cure for hair loss, only maintenance.  At our hair loss clinic, our goal is to stop hair loss or hair shedding and to stimulate hair regrowth by doing combination therapy.

For men, one drug that has proven to help with androgenetic hair loss is finasteride.  Finasteride (brand name Propecia) is a 5a-reductase type II inhibitor that is approved to treat male androgenetic alopecia.  For women, there is a potential risk of teratogenicity in a male fetus during pregnancy.  The efficacy of finasteride for female pattern hair loss is still controversial.

So, what are the other options then for women?  At Trichology Centre, our combination therapies include PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy, laser therapy, AAPE stem cell therapy. We also offer many products such as hair loss shampoos, topical sprays, and oral hair regrowth tablets.

If you are suffering from FPHL we recommend you fill out our FREE online hair loss assessment form HERE.

What is Scalp Micropigmentation for Women?

Scalp micropigmentation or hair tattoo has become increasingly popular over the years as more and more people become aware of it.  It is a procedure where tiny ink pigment is inserted into the scalp with a small vibrating needle to mimic the look of real hair follicles.  The procedure usually requires 3 to 4 sessions spaced 1-2 weeks apart.  For more information about SMP click here.

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Platelet-Rich Plasma, or PRP, is a safe and effective treatment for androgenetic alopecia. PRP hair treatment uses the platelets in your own blood. PRP is an autologous preparation of platelets in concentrated plasma.  PRP hair treatment helps promote hair growth by prolonging the growing phase of the hair cycle, with high concentrations of platelets in plasma cells,.  While there is no consensus on the true success rate of PRP hair treatment, it is around 70-90% for the average patient. It works better in younger patients in the early stages of androgenetic alopecia.

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The Theradome laser helmet brings you the world’s most advanced laser hair growth treatment to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Unlike LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) devices, the Theradome laser light targets the stem cells at the base of hair follicles. This allows the formation of a new photonic pathway that can restore hair to a healthy state. Theradome’s Gold Standard laser hair helmet was engineered based on four crucial scientific criteria, which together provide the most efficacious and powerful laser hair growth treatment available. For more information about the Theradome Laser Therapy Click Here


The Trichology Centre in Toronto and Richmond Hill have treated many patients for hair loss over the years.  Our in-clinic trichologist can help with your current hair loss condition and recommend the best treatment plan possible.   Please give us a call at 647-492-9093 or fill out our free online hair loss assessment below.

We have two clinics in the Toronto GTA,


600 Sherbourne St #605, Toronto
9140 Leslie St, Richmond Hill.
Please give us a call at 647-492-9093


Are you experiencing female pattern baldness? Get a Certified Trichologist to assess and help treat your condition in Toronto and Greater Toronto Area. Please complete our online Trichology Assessment Form to get started now.


Toronto, 600 Sherbourne St #605, Toronto

Richmond Hill, 9140 Leslie St #301


(647) 492-9093



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