Some women may want to add prenatal vitamins to their list of thinning hair remedies. You don’t have to have a bun in the oven to have a need for extra vitamins and minerals in your system — or in your thinning hair. Women often experience hair loss and thinning hair when they go through menopause, but they can still gain some remedies from ordinary prenatal vitamins.
Fight female hair thinning with vitamins
To many menopausal women, the idea of using prenatal vitamins may seem laughable. The pills are used by women who are pregnant, because prenatal vitamins pack a punch of vitamins and minerals. But some women have found that prenatal vitamins are useful even when they aren’t expecting a new bundle of joy — and won’t be, ever again.
Prenatal vitamins contain a lot of the nourishment that hair needs to grow. The vitamins help to make hair grow faster and feel thicker to the touch, something that’s very appealing to vibrant women who are noticing their locks becoming thinner and finer over time. In contrast to regular multivitamins, prenatal vitamins have more calcium, folic acid and iron, though less Vitamin A. The extra iron helps to combat anemia, which is a common cause of female hair thinning and hair loss. However, adding too much iron to your system could be dangerous, so you must consult with your physician before you change your daily vitamin routine. Only a blood test will tell you if you are anemic.
Look for prenatal vitamins containing biotin, or Vitamin H, to encourage hair growth. Biotin is used to thicken hair and promote faster growth. Some formulas contain this ingredient and others do not, so be sure to check labels before you buy prenatal vitamins with the idea that they’re all-around thinning hair remedies. Natural sources of biotin include carrots, bananas, liver and cauliflower.
Hairstyles for thin hair
Use hairstyles for thin hair to hide thinning and bald areas of the head while you wait for prenatal vitamins to work their magic. Dying your hair a lighter color may help it look fuller. Adding highlights will make locks look richer and deeper, creating the illusion of thickness. Strategic styling and cutting tricks go a long way toward hiding hair problems, and creating lift that will look like volume and thickness.
Add a few layers near the top of the head to make longer hair look fuller and thicker. The short layers will help to camouflage thinning areas. Add a deep part on one side or the other to hide thin areas. Longer hair may take more time to style than shorter hair, but it needs less regular maintenance in the way of trimming.
Learn more thinning hair remedies in our free hair loss survival guide, Expert Solutions for Thinning Hair and Female Hair Loss Treatments for Women Over 50.