Thinning Hair in Women
Approximately one out of every four women experience some form of thinning hair. One of the first things people notice about us is our hair, therefore thinning hair is a very real and very visible problem.
In women it usually begins at the part of the hair, or at the top of the head unlike male pattern baldness which begins at the hairline. The good news is that it is often temporary and treatable. Even if it is not reversible, there are solutions for lessening the appearance of thinning hair.
The first step towards treating hair thinning in women is to find the underlying cause. If the hair loss and hair thinning is temporary, one can expect normal hair growth to return once the cause is remedied.
While looking for the cause of thinning hair it helps to understand how the hair growth cycle works.
The hair cycle consists of three phases; anagen or the growing phase, catagen or the intermediate phase and telogen or the resting phase. Often, thinning of the hair occurs when the hair which is shed after the telogen phase, is replaced by thinner and finer hair in the growing phase of the next hair cycle.
Daily loss of hair is normal. Most people lose between 50 and 100 strands of hair a day. However, if more hair is being lost, or normal regrowth isn’t followed by the loss, then it should be a reason for concern.
Hair thinning in women can be caused by illness, trauma, surgery, genetic factors, hormone imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, or a thyroid problem. Diagnosing why your hair is thinning can be the first step in determining how to reverse or treat the condition. Your doctor can run blood tests, and check for any nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances or thyroid disorders.
Women who have thinning hair caused by genetic factors, such as a family history of the condition, can opt for treatment such as Minoxidil which stimulates hair growth. Vitamins and nutritional supplements can be used to improve the health of the hair follicles and increase hair growth. Styling for maximum volume is also a good way to deal with thin hair. Shorter layered cuts will give the illusion of more volume and hair extensions can be used to make the hair look fuller.