The Thick and Thin of It

Thinning hair isn’t just a problem for men anymore. In today’s society many women will experience a thinning or hair loss in their life. It is said that about half of women will experience female-patterned baldness after the age of 65.  There are many different types of hair loss and many different causes. Reasons can include dietary changes, weight loss, stress, thyroid dysfunction, ovarian issues, autoimmune conditions, medications, pregnancy or post-partum.

Hair loss typically begins for women in their 40-60s but it can happen at any age. It is normal to lose hair but when it becomes excessive it can be a sign of something going on internally. That would be a good time to talk to your doctor so you can figure out together what is going on.

Some things you can do to protect your hair include:

  1. Eating Healthy: Making sure your diet is rich in protein and healthy fats such as fish will help hair stay in good condition. Foods containing iron like spinach and kale will keep hair looking great. Decreasing things like salt, sugar and alcohol will be helpful for overall health.
  2. Decrease Stress: When stress is high, the body will compensate and in the process gives off hydrogen peroxide as a byproduct. This is why when you are stressed your hair can turn grey. Stress can also create tension in the scalp, restricting circulation and making it easier for hair to fall out.
  3. Styling Strategies: Try to limit using heat on your hair and when you do, be sure to use a heat-protectant. Chemicals can weaken hair that has grown out, and the skin will absorb anything put on it including bleaches and dyes.

Ultimately, the trick to good hair care is approaching from many angles. Having a healthy lifestyle is a good place to start while you work with your doctor to rule out anything else that could be a cause.

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