Thinning hair in women: Why it happens, how to cope and effective treatments you should know
Do you know the average scalp contains over 100,00 hair follicles, and as per science, normal hair loss is considered 100 follicles a day? In the high-stress mid-pandemic world we live in, female hair loss is rising. From pregnancy to medication, illness to hormone imbalance, there are numerous aspects of daily life that women go through every day that majorly contribute to hair health by causing it to get thin.
Unlike men, women experience thinning hair without going bald, and there are several underlying causes behind this. Some are associated with inflammation in the body, while some are female-pattern hair loss.
Causes behind Female hair loss
If you see strands of hair on the bathroom floor first thing in the morning and wonder why is my hair falling out, then first understand what might be causing your body to lose those extra strands. Numerous problems can trigger female hair loss. Some are external such as wearing your ponytail too tight, stressful events (for example, surgery) and other times, it is mostly due to something going on inside your body- shift in hormones, a recent pregnancy, a thyroid problem or an inflammatory condition.
Genetic: Androgenic alopecia, the most common genetic condition in which women in their 40s or 50s start to notice a widening part at the top of the head. This usually happens when you inherit genes from one or both parents. In other cases, hormonal shifts during menopause may also spur it.
Inflammation: It could be eczema, psoriasis which typically causes scarring and hair loss at the front of the scalp above the forehead. If you see red bumps, pimples encircling hair follicles, then it is a clear sign you are suffering from scalp inflammation.
Hairstyling habits: Common causes behind hair loss usually include overuse of damaging hair products, dryers.
How to cope up with this?
It is often traumatic for women when their ‘crowning glory’ starts to shed away. If you are struggling to come to terms with thinning hair, then speak to a family member or close friend about how you are currently feeling. Speak to a hair loss specialist who will guide you on using the right products as per your hair type and condition.
How to treat female hair loss?
The goal of treating thinning hair is to stimulate the hair follicles to function to the best, and a few of the methods listed below will help you get thicker hair to some extent, provided you maintain consistency.
Go for ingredients and not a brand: Check the formulation of styling products, shampoo, conditioner and hair mask before picking them up. Select those formulated with nutrients such as collagen, biotin, keratin, natural actives, protein, and antioxidants. Gradually and eventually, you will see the improvement in the appearance of your hair, looking voluminous, longer and healthier.
Change your hairstyle: Pulling your hair too tight increases stress on your hair follicles. Instead, choose a flattering hairstyle that does not help hide bald patches but makes you feel confident.
At-Home LED Light Therapy: Many hair regrowth laser caps are available in the market that can help you treat androgenetic alopecia at home. However, make sure you select the FDA-cleared one and use the wavelength of 680 nm as our hair follicles can only absorb laser light at this wavelength. Wearing it for six minutes a day can stimulate the blood supply to the scalp.
There is not a single answer to the common query that most women have; that is why my hair is falling, but the good news is that hair loss can be stabilized with a good diet, the right amount of hair care products, and supplements, if needed. When it’s not, there are several new cosmetic approaches that you can take help of.