Hair goes through a natural growth cycle throughout our lives. At any given time the majority of hair follicles are actively growing, while a small number of hair follicles have shed their hairs to take a short break, causing hair fall. As we age, the number of hair follicles that go on break increases, which can lead to noticeably thinner-looking hair.
Studies have shown that for women, this process begins around age 40. Hair damage can also contribute to hair fall. With extensive hair damage, your hair can begin to break apart. You may notice this hair fall when you style your hair and see more hair in your hairbrush or more flyaways on your head.
For women, thinning hair or outright hair loss is more than just a cosmetic concern. Besides being so important to first impressions, your hair is also a reflection of your overall health picture — especially your hormonal health.
Accelerated hair loss and thinning hair is most common in women during menopause due to declining estrogen levels. As estrogen levels fall, the resulting imbalance between estrogen and testosterone can cause thinning hair on certain areas of the head that are sensitive to androgens, commonly referred to as male pattern baldness. The same imbalance can also contribute to unwanted hair growth on the chin and face.
For similar reasons, thinning hair often accompanies polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS. PCOS is characterized by high levels of circulating androgens, which can cause hair loss from the scalp, increased facial hair, acne, weight gain and decreased fertility. PCOS is most common in women with insulin resistance, caused by years of poor nutrition and consuming too many simple carbohydrates and sugars.
However, thinning hair can be triggered by a variety of factors which include stress, hormone levels, vitamin deficiencies, weight loss, skin conditions, iron and zinc deficiencies, anemia, harsh chemical hair treatments, etc. If left untreated, thinning hair can develop into baldness, so it’s important to seek treatment as soon as you notice that your hair is thinning.
It is very important to address your thinning hair as soon as you observe a change in the thickness and health of your hair.
Keep in mind that preventing is always easier than repairing damage which has already been done. Try to prevent thinning hair by taking the proper vitamins and by paying attention to your hair care. There are a number of natural remedies as well as medical treatments for thinning hair. Dermatologists specialize in problems with skin and hair and may be able to offer a diagnosis. Natural remedies can be sought out by seeking the advice of nutritionists or herbalists.
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