Is Female Pattern Hair Loss Responsible For Your Thinning Hair?

Have you noticed a widening in your hair part, or a thinning in your ponytail? Does your hair look or feel thinner, flatter or weaker? If so, you may be suffering from female pattern hair loss (often referred to as female pattern balding).


Female pattern hair loss, or FPHL, is the most common cause of hair loss in women, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. FHPL is hereditary, but hormones may also contribute. A dermatologist can assess and diagnose potential cases of female pattern hair loss.


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FHPL generally begins in mid-life, but for some women, it starts earlier. Because it is a progressive condition, women will continue to lose hair after the onset of FHPL. Unlike men, however, women don’t generally lose all of their hair, but notice increasing sparseness in the part or near the temples.


The good news is that treatment can reverse existing hair loss and prevent additional loss. So how is female pattern hair loss treated?


There are a few medications that can be prescribed for hair loss, but it can take some time – at least 12 months – to determine whether the medications are working and to see results. In the meantime or in lieu of those treatments, there are more holistic options, including supplements, fatty acids, a healthy diet, scalp treatments, hair loss shampoos and others. Treatment is the most effective when started at the first sign of hair loss, so if you suspect female pattern hair loss, get in touch with your doctor as soon as possible.


If you’re diagnosed with FPHL, give DK International a call. Our experienced hair loss stylists can discuss our many options for the treatment of female pattern hair loss, such as hair transplants, natural-looking hairpieces or wigs, Cyberhair rejuvenation, Micro Point Solutions or other hair systems. Schedule a free consultation at our discrete Minneapolis hair loss clinic to get started.

Hair Care Products to Reverse and Prevent Hair Loss

Whether you’ve had thin hair all your life or are experiencing new-onset thinning, facing the prospect of hair loss can be alarming and daunting. At d.k. International, we are experienced in all stages of hair loss, and with a wide variety of products and services available at our Minneapolis-area salon, we can help you find the best solution for your lifestyle and budget.

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In addition to extensions, wigs and related hair loss solutions, we also carry a wide range of hair care products that are designed to reverse thinning and revitalize the scalp and hair. Products include scientifically formulated shampoos and conditioners, overnight scalp treatments, leave-in thickeners, styling products and more. Most products are available for both natural and color-treated hair.

These products work by deep cleaning and improving the health of the scalp – clearing product buildup and excess oil from hair follicles and increasing blood flow to the scalp. This allows for more natural hair growth and protects from future hair loss. While that new growth is occurring, styling products can help to volumize and style your hair to make it appear thicker and healthier.

Vitamins can also be highly beneficial for those experiencing thinning hair. These daily supplements contain ingredients proven to promote healthy hair growth and overall health of hair, skin and nails.

At d.k. International, we carry unique specialty hair care products for thinning hair. Our experienced professionals can help you determine the right products for you, and recommend a specific treatment plan for thicker, healthier hair.

In our Bloomington hair loss salon, we offer a wide range of products for hair loss, with customizable solutions for every situation. Whether your hair loss is due to male or female pattern baldness, trichotillomania, chemotherapy, alopecia or another reason, d.k. International is here to help. Contact us to learn more and schedule an appointment.


Hair Loss 101: Causes and Symptoms

What are the Main Causes and Symptoms of Hair Loss?

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Hair loss is not a fun side-effect to have to deal with and can cause many of us to become self-conscious about our appearance. However, most of us will not be able to avoid it, either early on or when we get older. There are many different types of hair loss as well as causes. Some are inevitable but some can be prevented and treated. Here are the main causes and symptoms of hair loss:

Hair Loss Causes

Family history – Hair loss is inherited in most cases, also known as male or female-pattern baldness.

Stress – This could be from physical stress from surgery or an injury, an illness or emotional stress.

Chemotherapy – This powerful medicine destroys cancer cells but also the cells that help you grow hair.

Physical damage – Pulling on your hair too tightly from ponytails or braids can cause loss. Using curling irons or straighteners too often, as well as coloring your hair can damage it as well.

Age – The older you get, the less your hair will grow naturally. Your hair will get thinner and tends to break more often.

Poor diet – Protein and iron are big building blocks for growing your hair. Any deficiencies in these two will have cause you to lose hair.

Thyroid disease – Most commonly hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism will play a big part in hair loss as well, also combining with stress and diet.

Hair Loss Symptoms

Your symptoms will depend on the type of hair loss you have. Thinning hair happens over time, so you will probably not notice them falling out. If you hair is shedding, you will lose your hair in clumps that fall out. You may notice hair on your pillow after sleeping, or excessive hair in your brush or shower. A general loss of hair would cause you to lose hair all over your scalp, but focal hair loss is in just one area. Inherited hair loss will cause bald spots around the forehead or on the top of the head.

Contact us today to schedule a free one-hour consultation, where you will meet one-on-one with one of our experienced technicians to discuss the type of hair loss you’re experiencing and the solution that best fits with your lifestyle and budget needs. We offer various products that will aid in your treatment including volume solutions and professional strength products.

Male and Female Pattern Baldness

Treatments to Slow the Process of Male and Female Pattern Baldness


Male or Female Pattern Baldness is a distinctive form of hair loss that affects many, usually by the age of 50. This can be defined as the loss of hair from the head brought on by age but can also be caused by an autoimmune disorder. Androgenetic alopecia affects both men and women and is very common. Here are ways that this may impact males and females:


  • Hair is lost in well-defined pattern
  • Hair loss begins above the temples
  • Overtime, the hairline recedes to form an “M” shape
  • Usually, the hair loss occurs at the top of the head or the front, at the hairline


  • 40 % of women are affected, usually by age 50
  • Less than 45% of women reach 80 years old with a full head of hair
  • Hair becomes thinner than normal
  • Hair loss is usually at the top of the head and at the crown
  • Major events such as child birth, malnutrition, a severe infection, major surgery or extreme stress can be big causes of sudden hair loss.

There are no cures for male and female pattern baldness, but there are treatments and ways to try and slow the process. Hair transplants and natural looking wigs and hairpieces are options to cover up the patchy areas. There are also foods that may fight hair loss. A poor diet may cause macro and micronutrient deficiencies. Eating lots of red, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables such as carrots, peppers and cantaloupe may help with your nutrients. Fatty fish such as salmon contains omega 3 and yogurts are rich in vitamin B5. Also, staying hydrated is key, drinking as much water as possible and cutting back on the caffeine.

Our Bloomington, Minnesota location makes it easy for clients to receive the treatments they seek, including haircuts, perms, coloring, attachments, bonds, reconditioning of human or synthetic hair, Cyberhair rejuvenation, wig repair, scalp treatments, and Micro Point Solutions Hair systems.

Contact us today to schedule a free one-hour consultation, where you will meet one-on-one with one of our experienced technicians to discuss the type of hair loss you’re experiencing and the solution that best fits with your lifestyle and budget needs.

3 Solutions To Female Pattern Baldness

micropointHave you ever dreamed of having a full head of thick, long hair?  For some women, the pursuit of thick hair may be a never-ending battle, becoming more difficult to fight the older they get.  In this blog, read about how DK International can help with making hair appear thicker with a safe, lightweight product; Cyberhair.


As women age and progress into menopause, hormonal changes affect the body in a multitude of ways.  One of the effects of menopause is on the hair.  Every woman possesses trace amounts of the male hormone, testosterone and as the hormone changes, it can be converted in to DHT.  DHT itself doesn’t necessarily cause hair loss, however certain enzymes that bind DHT to follicles can inhibit hair growth, thus causing it to fall out.  Dealing with hair loss can feel like a losing battle, especially if the concerned woman has had to fight with thin hair all her life.  However, thanks to many advances in the hair replacement industry, hair loss doesn’t have to be an absolute outcome of aging.  Cyberhair has created three amazing products to help women whose hair is naturally thin, thinning, or falling out altogether, Micro Point Solutions:


Micro Point Links

Typical female pattern baldness begins at the top, center of the head along the part line.  Micro Point Links are four Cyberhairs professionally knotted onto one strand of your existing hair.  The knots are so small and invisible that this is the perfect solution for women experiencing hair loss on the top of the head.


Micro Point Accents

Micro Point Accents are great for filling in the areas of the head that are slightly less visible.  Accents are 100 Cyberhairs attached to a tiny sterling silver bead, which are fastened to your own hair using no adhesives.  Accents are the ideal solution for women requiring more coverage on the sides of the head.


Micro Point Panels

For over all thickness, Panels act just like traditional hair extensions.  However, the difference is the lightweight of Cyberhair vs. heavier traditional synthetic hair, making Panels more comfortable.  Panels are attached using a medical-grade adhesive, which will either grow out with your hair or are easily and comfortably removed.


Women experiencing female pattern baldness may feel like their solutions are limited, but thanks to DK International, a Minneapolis based hair loss salon located in the suburb of Chanhassen, MN, there is a solution no matter the type of hair loss you are experiencing.  Contact DK International today for your free one-hour consultation to become educated by one of our trained technicians on the right hair loss solution for you!  Connect with us on Facebook to get updated on our blog posts and to see how we’re helping our clients with their hair replacement needs!  

Why You Are Experiencing Pattern Baldness

Sherry BeforeWhen we think of pattern baldness and DHT, or dihydrotestosterone, we think of men and male pattern baldness.  However, both women and men can suffer from pattern baldness caused by a hormonal imbalance.  After reading this blog, hopefully you will have more understanding as to why you are experiencing pattern baldness.


Hair follicles have the potential to become attacked by DHT.  DHT is a product of the hormone, testosterone.  Even women have trace amounts of testosterone in their bodies, so there is the chance that an imbalance could cause the existence of DHT, thus causing female pattern baldness.  When testosterone converts to DHT, the enzyme Type II 5-alpha reductase aids it in attacking hair follicles.  This enzyme is found in the hair follicles’ oil glands and binds DHT to the follicles.  DHT then shrinks the follicles, thus damaging them and eventually killing them, making hair loss inevitable.  So, pattern baldness caused by DHT isn’t necessarily because of how much or how little testosterone is in your body, but more by your body chemistry.


Some peoples’ chemistry is more sensitive than others in changes in hormonal balance.  For instance, one person may test for high levels of DHT and have no hair loss, whereas another person may have normal amounts of DHT, but experience full-blown pattern baldness.  It all depends on how the enzymes in your hair follicles react to DHT.  Since pattern baldness is largely hereditary, one way to tell whether or not you’ll have a problem with it is to look at your family history.  If you’re a woman and your mom has female pattern baldness, it’s likely you’ll go through the same process as her when your hormones change throughout your life.


If you’re a man or woman whose parents have male or female pattern baldness, it’s important you look into your options before you start to notice hair loss.  Being proactive about your situation can slow down your pattern baldness and may even prevent it altogether.  Contact DK International, a Minneapolis based hair loss salon, today for a free one-hour consultation so we can get you on a path to your healthiest scalp possible to prevent hair loss.  Be sure to connect with us on Facebook to see how we’re continually finding hair replacement solutions for our clients!

4 Solutions To Female Pattern Baldness

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If you’ve determined that you have female pattern baldness, you may be wondering what you can do to stop your hair loss in its tracks, replace the hair you’ve lost, and what you can do to transition into a full cap wig system.  In this blog I’m going to talk about the numerous solutions available to women experiencing female pattern baldness.

As a hair loss salon near Minneapolis, DK International has had 40 years of experience in helping men and women with thinning hair and complete hair loss.  We’ve seen several revolutionary advances in the hair replacement industry and below are four ways the ever-improving industry can help you during your hair loss transition.

Hair Support by HairMax

Hair support by HairMax offers various topical products to help clean the scalp and stimulate hair growth.  From shampoo and conditioner to lightweight mousse, their products are all designed to help with the health of hair follicles so hair can become thick again.

Lasercomb by HairMax

You’ve heard of lasers used in hair removal, but using lasers in hair growth?  The HairMax Lasercomb is the first and only FDA approved at home device that has been proven to regenerate hair growth, study after study.  It’s essential to start this treatment as soon as you notice your hair to start thinning, while it heals damaged follicles, it can’t bring dead ones back to life.  Pick yours up at DK International today!

MicroPoint Links

MicroPoint Links are great for those whose female pattern baldness has progressed beyond the repair that topical solutions can provide.  MicroPoint Links are four Cyberhairs linked to one single strand of your own hair; perfect for the top of the head.

Full Cap Wig

In the final stages of female pattern baldness, it may be necessary to turn to a full cap hair replacement system.  Modern full cap wigs can be completely customized to fit your needs, lifestyle, and hairstyle!  From natural hair wigs, to synthetic hair wigs, to wigs you can swim in, DK International has it all!

No matter the stage of your female pattern baldness, DK International can help.  Don’t spend another day feeling self-conscious about your hair.  Call today to schedule your free one-hour consultation with one of our professional and compassionate technicians.  Our specialty is listening to your needs and concerns and finding the perfect hair replacement solution that works for you.  Do you want to know more about DK International as a hair replacement salon?  Connect with us on Facebook to learn about how we’re helping other clients with their hair replacement solutions! 

3 Causes Of Female Pattern Baldness

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If you’re a woman who has thinning hair on the top of your head, you may be experiencing female pattern baldness.  Some women are unsure of why they are losing their hair and where they can go to get answers and help.  In this blog I’m going to talk about female pattern baldness, the causes, and how DK International can help.

Female pattern baldness happens in women for three reasons: hormones, aging, and genes.  Hair follicles produce hair at an average of ½ inch per month.  The normal cycle of a hair is growth for 2 to 6 years, a resting period, at which point it falls out.  Each day it’s normal to lose a certain amount of hair, but baldness occurs when old hair that falls out isn’t replaced by new hair.  Below are some symptoms of female pattern baldness:

  • Hair thins on the top and crown of the scalp.  This usually starts with a widening of the center hair part.
  • The front hairline will remain.
  • Hair loss rarely progresses as far as total baldness as it may in male pattern baldness or alopecia.

When a woman’s hair loss exhibits these signs, it could be because of age.  However, changes in hormones after menopause could also be the cause of female pattern baldness when the levels of androgens change.  If you have a family history of male or female pattern baldness, your own pattern baldness may be genetic.

No matter the reason why your hair is falling out, DK International can help you through this difficult transition.  In Thursday’s blog, I’m going to be writing about the treatments and hair replacement solutions DK International provides to our clients experiencing female pattern baldness.  Do you know a woman who is embarrassed by their thinning hair?  Tell them about DK International and we’ll consult with them about their solutions in our discrete salon with our experienced technicians.  Connect with us on Facebook to see how we’ve helped other women with female pattern baldness!