Many women think they are extremely unlucky to have thinning hair as a young woman, but female hair loss is much more common than you think. Thirty million women in America (about 1 in 4) suffer from thinning hair. The average age for thinning hair in women is between 25 and 35, and unlike men, the thinning is gradual and can cover your entire crown. If you’ve noticed a widening part or a thinner ponytail, your hair is thinning and it may not recover unless you take action. But there are ways to fight back. Here’s what you can do to stop thinning hair right now.
First, Investigate the Cause
As soon as you realize your hair is thinning, try to diagnose the cause. There are many short-term causes of hair loss, like stress and allergic reactions, but 90 percent of hair loss is due to genetics.
First, find out if anyone in your family has suffered from hair loss. If there’s baldness anywhere in your family tree — male or female — you could be at risk. Fortunately, genetic hair loss can be treated by medication.
Products containing minoxidil are available over the counter and can slow down hair loss and stimulate regrowth. Most drug stores have a 2% solution and a stronger 5% solution for more advanced cases, but you’ll have to be patient — it can take up to 8 months of everyday use to see results. Also, if you stop your treatment, you’ll most likely lose any hair that was restored.
For a hair growth solution that works in line with your natural hair growth cycle, try a hair growth vitamin supplement. The best dietary supplements for hair growth nourish hair follicles with vitamins, minerals and marine extracts, which can slow or even stop thinning hair or shedding and promote hair growth. Take the tablets consistently every day, with water and food just like your multi-vitamin, and you’ll see hair growth within 3-6 months.
If your hair only started thinning recently, think back to when it started and try to figure out why. Your thinning hair could potentially be an allergic reaction to a new medication, or a response to added stress at work.
See a Doctor
Regardless of what you think is causing your thinning, you should see a doctor to make sure there aren’t any more serious health issues involved.
One of the most significant conditions that can cause female hair loss is a thyroid disorder called hypothyroidism. It’s important to catch early because it’s a disease that gets more complicated as you get older — especially if you want to have a baby. Hypothyroidism is one of the most common causes of mental retardation in children.
Seek a trichologist (hair and scalp), dermatologist (skin), or endocrinologist (hormones) who can help diagnose your hair loss. An endocrinologist can test your blood to see if you are at risk for any more serious problems, and a trichologist or a dermatologist can prescribe you topical treatments to stop thinning hair. A great place to start your search is www.AmericanHairLoss.org.
Remember, you’re not alone in the battle against thinning hair. If you are concerned about your hair’s appearance, don’t feel ashamed. Give yourself permission to feel bad, but then educate yourself and explore your options so you can fix it.