Women: When it comes to hair loss, you aren’t alone!

We all know a few men who have watched their hairline recede over the years, but while losing your hair is no cakewalk for a man, it's a whole other ballgame for women. The fact is, people don't expect for women to go thin on top. So as insecure as guys may feel about that stealthy bald patch, women feel an even greater pressure to conceal the issue.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 30 million women in the United States are affected by hereditary hair loss. Stress and chemotherapy are other culprits, but for the most part your genes are the heavy-hitter. Even though this problem is usually inherited and affects millions of people, it remains a taboo subject – a secret you only share with the stylists at your Magnolia hair salon.

"The average age for women dealing with thinning hair is 25 to 35 — that it's just another 'gift' of menopause is a myth. Also, we can't simply blame our mothers, as previously believed — if there's baldness anywhere in your family tree, you're at risk,' noted writer Ning Chao in a touching piece for Marie Claire in 2008.

Chao, like so many other women, had noticed that her hair was thinning. In her article, Chao explained that she was plagued with insecurity about her locks and would experiment with every hair style and fortifying product on the market to conceal her increasingly visible scalp. Matters only got worse when a physician, after testing her for lupus, dismissively said that she didn't actually have a problem.

The truth is, hair matters to women (and men). It can be a huge part of how we see ourselves. Heck, a simple bad hair day can be enough to make you want to hide away from the world! If you've noticed that your hair has gotten notably thinner, your first step should be to contact a medical professional and establish the underlying cause. From there, you can begin to investigate hair products and other treatment options that can promote new growth.

Thinning hair is nothing to be ashamed of, but that doesn't mean it isn't emotional! Here at On Stage Hair Design, our stylists are on hand to help you make the most of what you've got with the right cut and color, and can provide styling techniques and product suggestions to leave you looking stunning. Check back with this blog for more tips on managing thinning hair for men and women.