Most advertisements for thinning hair and hair loss are specifically geared towards men. However, approximately two-thirds of women experience thinning hair or baldness at some point in their lives.
Since a woman’s hair is one of the most important and defining features, it can be emotionally devastating if she loses it. Fortunately, thinning hair in women does not usually result in complete baldness as it does for men. With that said, women should have a thorough understanding of the causes of thinning hair.
The causes of thinning hair in women are most often related to hormonal imbalances and changes, vitamin deficiencies, excessive stress and lack of exercise, and/or poor nutrition. To learn how to prevent it, continue reading.
Hormonal imbalances can cause thinning hair in women.
Hormonal changes and imbalances can cause thinning hair in women as early as their 30’s. Even though women primarily produce estrogen, they also produce testosterone and other androgens that can lead to these changes. Examples of these changes are hair growth on the upper lip, chin, or other parts of the face and body, while head hair thins. Any of these signs are an indication that their bodies are changing.
Changes in thyroid can cause thinning hair in women.
A decrease in thyroid levels can also cause thinning hair in women. All of the cells in a woman’s body depend on thyroid function for development. If thyroid chemical production is not sufficient, then hair growth will slow and cause thinning.
Nutritional deficiencies can cause thinning hair in women.
Thinning hair in women can be attributed to a vitamin D deficiency. In fact, a large portion of the American population lacks this essential nutrient. Lack of sun exposure is also linked to a vitamin D deficiency. Researchers believe that people who do not have ample access to the sun should supplement their diets by taking vitamin D supplements.
Thinning hair in women may also be the result of lysine, copper, and zinc deficiencies. Therefore, a diet comprised diverse foods, including fruits, vegetables and protein is necessary to prevent thinning hair.
Excessive stress can cause thinning hair in women.
Women with high stress levels may experience hair thinning. In fact, excessive physical and/or emotional stress can cause hair to stop growing and enter a period of dormancy, which can cause hair to fall out. Thus, it is important for women to control stress levels by following a regular exercise routine.
Hair products containing toxic chemicals can also cause thinning hair in women.
Most shampoo, conditioners, and other hair products contain the toxin - sodium lauryl sulfate. This toxin can affect the immune system as well as hair growth. In fact, SLS contaminates hair follicles and inhibits hair growth. Hair dyes, permanent body waves, and relaxers can also cause serious damage to the hair. Essentially, women who use dye and relaxers should be careful to prevent thinning hair.