The Skinny on Thinning Hair: Causes, Tips, and TreatmentsSonya Benham
In the past few years, I’ve noticed that my hair is getting thinner and thinner. There has a been a reduction in density and in hair texture as individual strands seem to grow in finer and finer. As a hairstylist, many of my older clients tell me that their hair is not as thick and full as it was when they were younger. I set out to find out why this is happening and a little more about the most promising treatments.
It’s perfectly normal to lose 100 strands of hair a day, regardless of your age, but both men and women experience some degree of thinning as they age. While this is normal, it’s important to see a doctor who can help you identify vitamin deficiencies or health issues that may be contributing to hair loss. However, losing hair is only a part of the problem. While the exact cause is unclear, hair follicles get smaller as we age, producing finer hairs that become less and less noticeable.
In women, hormonal changes and menopause may be the culprit. Declining estrogen levels, iron deficiency, and stress are likely contributors, along with a lack of sufficient protein in your diet, an over abundance of vitamin A, and inflammation. Heredity is also a factor; though all of us experience thinning as we age, the amount of thinning may be determined by genetics. Acute situations like post-pregnancy, fevers, and extreme weight loss can also lead to temporary hair loss.
Luckily, hair products are constantly evolving and improving. Hair color is more gentle than it was only a few years ago and styling aids often contain nourishing oils, vitamins, heat protection, and strengthening ingredients. The hair loss prevention industry continues to innovate as well.
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