How to Treat and Prevent Thinning Hair in Women

Many people, young or old, male or female suffer from baldness of different types. This is quite annoying since our crowning glory is one of the things that make us good looking. This condition may lower one’s self-confidence and he/she starts to face every morning with difficulty thinking that people laugh about his/her situation. Young individuals with this condition tend to be absent in school or at work being shy with what happens to them. To extreme situations, some people even become depressed.

More men suffer from hair loss, hair fall, or hair thinning compared to women. That’s right – women are not exempted from this type of condition. It is something that not a lot of women care about the first time, especially since it is quite common to see strands of hair on your hairbrush. Be wary though – these are the first signs of hair thinning.

If you notice that hair fall is getting more and more frequent, you should be worried. This might be alopecia.

It is important to note that alopecia can occur over the entire body or be confined to a specific area. When assessing for alopecia, it is important to investigate for the primary causes. In addition, it is important to become knowledgeable of the products utilized in bathing because this may play a role in the thinning or balding of hair.
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Causes of Thinning Hair

Causes of this condition include but are not limited to the following:

  • Diseases like anemia, diabetes, lupus and hereditary disorders– These medical conditions negatively affect hair growth and rejuvenation.
  • Frequent use of chemicals in hair like hair aerosol sprays and hair-treating relaxers – These chemicals contribute to this hair condition because of the toxins they have.
  • Poor nutrition – Improper diet especially lack of iron in food makes hair weak and more likely to fall.
  • Stress – Fatigue and life problems generally contribute to the weakening of body systems including the hair.

There are various reasons for alopecia. There are reasons that are shared by both sexes and these are genetic predisposition, family history, and aging process. Although most of the hair loss in both sexes with these reasons happens gradually, it still is an inconvenience for most if not all of those who experience it.

Typically, hair thinning initiates in the early thirties to the forties. However, the thinning of the hair exacerbates when paired with excessive stress and nutritional changes. It is important to note of these changes in hair volume. For nutritional deficiencies, it is important to consult the physician and get the corresponding tests to confirm.

There are also medical conditions that may cause hair loss or initiate the thinning of hair. Some of these include thyroid disease and iron deficiency anemia. In this situation, it is important that the person acquires a complete physical exam and consult a doctor so that there would be appropriate treatments for the underlying medical condition. Furthermore, patchy areas of hair loss may also suggest trichotilomania, a medical condition in which the individual plucks hair and eats it. In this situation, the person needs to consult a psychologist because it is commonly triggered by stress.

Thinning Hair Treatments and Remedies

There are various treatment options for hair thinning, if it is not because of a medical condition. First, Minoxidil (Rogaine) is FDA approved over-the-counter drug which means that it no longer needs a prescription. It is used by men and women, works for crown alopecia, and is applied twice a day. Second, there is Finasteride (Propecia) which is classified as 5-alpha reductase inhibitors helps men with their balding problems. Dutasteride although it has not been FDA approved for male and female alike, the off-label use includes being a remedy for hair loss.

Aside from this, there are other ways to prevent this hair condition:

  • Eat lots of fruits, vegetables and food rich in iron like liver, sea foods, nuts and dark chocolate.Refrain from using too much hair-treating chemicals
  • Surgical operations like hair transplant
  • Corticosteroids and medicating ointments and creams
  • Herbal medicine such as aloe Vera oil and coconut milk

Vitamin D

Now, there are already many articles written about the reasons of hair loss and unless you will dig deeper yourself, or you will just be contented with what you have read. Some of the common reasons that you have probably read is because of some unhealthy habits or that you are too stressed every day.

But this occurrence if not totally impeded could at least be minimized if you have enough vitamin D in your body. This vitamin D is really great for your skin and bones, and lack of it can lead partly to hair loss. That is why; you must get enough of the recommended daily dosage for this vitamin for it can definitely help in reviving hair follicles that shut down when hair fall happens. Besides taking this vitamins will also make your bones stronger at the same time.

But don’t just be contented with taking vitamin D for it will only solve part of your hair problem. You should find another natural solution for the other parts. Take note that the longer you will settle the problem, the bigger damage might happen to it. So, you have to be resourceful, like talk to your doctor for some additional information, search in the internet and read reviews about what others also do when this problem occurred to them. Don’t just sit there and wait for some surprised solution for it won’t happen. You are the one with the problem, so you should be the one to look for a solution.

Hairstyles for Thinning Hair

Although more common in men, hair thinning or hair loss could also affect women in quite the drastic way. We all know that women regard their hair with utmost care and hair thinning does not only affect the physical aspects of a woman; it will also affect her emotionally and psychology.

Fortunately, women who suffer from alopecia are provided with options in order to look and feel better. Hair thinning does not mean the end of the world. One can still rock a fashionable hairstyle without worsening the condition.

Here are some hairstyles that you could try:

The Wavy Bob

Wavy BobOne of the biggest challenge for girls who battle hair loss is to create volume, movement, and body. The wavy bob will help you achieve all three.

  • After shampooing and applying conditioner, dry your hair with a blow dryer without the nozzle.
  • Just before your hair completely dries up, apply volumizing product. Focus on the roots especially.
  • Get a hairspray and spray it at a portion of your hair (one inch or two will work). Get a flat iron and straighten it. Afterwhich, create a soft curl by twisting your wrist upward then secure that portion up using a hair clip. Do so until your head is completely pinned up.
  • Let your hair cool for a bit. Remove the clips and finger comb your hair for a wavy and tousled look.


Ponytail with a Heavy Fringe

Wearing bangs on a tied up hair create the illusion of a thick hair. Tying your hair up on a ponytail makes it look like your volume game is on fleek.

  • Apply gel all over your hair after washing.
  • While blow drying, use a boar-bristle brush.
  • Get your hot rollers and wrap your dry hair with it. After cooling, remove the rollers.
  • Now tie your hair up just a few inches above your nape. You can wear your bangs side swept or just straight down.

Leave it Down

If your hair is naturally curly or wavy, the easiest way to rock it is to leave it down – let it all hang. This is the easiest way to rock that thinning hair. The trick is to have a hair cut that creates volume and of course, one that’s suited to the shape of your face.

  • After shampooing, apply gel all over hair.
  • Blow dry hair on low heat. This will help a lot in bringing out those natural curls.

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Midlength Layered Bob

medium length layeredhairstyleFor fine hair, adding layers and styling it into a long bob is the perfect style to add depth and volume to thinning hair.

  • After washing, apply volumizing gel or spray all over your hair.
  • Blow dry it without the nozzle.
  • Spray with it again to increase volume.

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Blunt, Cute, and Short

A really short hair, one that’s above the shoulders create the illusion of a really thick hair, because of the solid, blunt ends. The best thing about this hair style is the fact that it doesn’t take long to style and is really easy to maintain.

  • Get a volumizing spray in order to get the hair look like it’s really thick and full.
  • Dry your hair upside down using a blow dryer, then flip it back to finish.
  • Make sure all the areas of the hair are dry before tucking your hair in.


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Soft Waves

For girls with long hair and are planning for a special event, soft waves are always in. If your have thinning hair, you can still rock this look by using velcro rollers. This will prevent further hair damage caused by heating.

  • Apply heat-protecting spray on dry hair. Pick out a light aerosol spray for you to determine which hold strength works for your hair.
  • Roll velcro rollers all over hair.
  • Blow dry hair. Before removing the rollers, make sure to let your hair cool first.
  • Finger comb hair to have natural volume.

Since most of these hairstyles require a volumizing shampoo, make sure to find one that’s really appropriate for your hair. While most shampoos are advertised as “for all hair types”, you should get a specific type of shampoo to increase volume. Better yet, buy a shampoo that has aloe vera in it in order to increase volume and fullness.

Usually, a person loses less than a hundred of strands every day. If the number goes over that number, it can be considered as a hair fall problem. There are many reasons why people experience severe hair fall. It can be because of the excessive use of hair products, use of products with too much chemicals, hair treatments, and even stress. Everything should be kept in balance to maintain a healthy hair. The individual should avoid using too much hair products. When it comes to stress, make sure that he is getting the right amount of sleep and not too much stress.

Qualities of the Right Shampoo

  • Efficiency. The reason why an individual would be using a shampoo for hair fall control is to get the desirable result. To achieve it, the user must find the right shampoo based on its efficiency. The efficiency is determined on how long the treatment will be before one gets the visible results. The amount of hair fall reduced is also a factor.
  • Cleaning power. Aside from the treatment, the shampoo should still have its basic properties in cleaning the hair. No one would want to use a shampoo that would not make their hair clean and look fresh.
  • Fragrance. This is optional. However, more people prefer to use fragrant ones. There are hundreds of varieties when it comes to the fragrance. So an individual can choose depending on his preferences.
  • Cost. One of the reasons that determine whether an individual will buy the product is based on its cost. Of course it is important to still get an affordable product.

There are many ways to style your hair even though you are going through hair loss. The thing is, you merely have to find a style that will enhance the volume and fullness of it. Still, you can seek out treatment in order to grow it back. Taking care of one’s hair doesn’t only mean going to a hairdresser at all times. It also includes your diet and of course, the products you use on it.

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