It’s estimated that around 50 percent of all women aged 50 or older have experienced, or are experiencing, problems with female hair thinning. Are you one of them? Perform a home test to find out, and then find all the many ways to deal with it.
Women very commonly experience thinning hair, so if you think it’s happening to you there’s no reason to panic. You’ve got lots of options, and you may be overreacting. It’s very normal to lose hair daily; strands fall out as part of the normal growth cycle. But you can test your hair to see if you have a more-than-normal problem with female hair thinning.
Hold 15 to 20 strands of hair in your fingers, between your thumb and index finger. Hold the hair close to the top of your scalp. Pull your hair – not hard, but enough to pull the strands taut. Maintain your grip (firm but not choking) down the length of your hair until you reach the tips. If 6 or more hairs have come out of your scalp easily and now rest in your fingers, you do have a problem with female thinning hair. This problem could be temporary, and in any case it is treatable.
Female hair thinning can be temporary. It might be caused by stress, illness, medication, even improper diet. Even if you suspect it’s only a passing phase, learn how to take better care of yourself and your hair to prevent problems with female hair thinning and help manage them.
Treating female hair thinning
Good hair care and overall good health can go a long, long way toward keeping your hair beautiful and preventing problems with female hair thinning.
- Vitamins. Make sure you’re taking vitamins or eating a well-balanced diet. Vegetarians may be lacking in iron, an essential mineral for strong hair. Eat leafy greens and get lots of Vitamin C, which helps the body absorb iron. Eat lean red meat and other low-fat meats to get plenty of protein (or supplement this with healthy soy and beans if you don’t eat meat). Add walnuts and flaxseeds to your diet to get Omega-3, which prompts hair growth.
- Massage. Massage your scalp daily for a few minutes to encourage blood flow and strengthen your roots. Rub coconut oil or almond oil on your fingers first to condition the scalp as well. Shampoo the oil away an hour or so later.
- Medicate. There are medications available if you’ve got problems with female hair thinning. Minoxidil, which you can obtain by prescription, is the only FDA-approved hair loss treatment. It promotes hair growth and lengthens the hair growth cycle. Your doctor may prescribe anti-androgen medicine that slows hair loss and stimulates growth.
Hairstyles for thin hair
Wear hairstyles for thin hair that make your hair look fuller and camouflage hair loss. Cut layers into hair to lift it up and away from the head so it doesn’t lay flat. Avoid using high heat on hair, and anytime you’re applying heat to hair use a thermal protectant. Keep hair conditioned to make it look shinier and healthier. The natural light will help your locks look fuller.
Learn more about female hair thinning in our free special report, Hairstyles for thin hair: Best Treatments, Products, and Haircuts for Fine Hair.