If you’re wondering “Why is my hair thinning?” you’re not alone. Thirty-five million men and 21 million women in the U.S. alone experience hair loss. While many women suffer from thinning hair as they age, experience stress or go through hormonal changes, hair loss can occur for men and women at almost all ages and stages of life.
Thinning hair in women can have many different causes. Some causes are simple and treatable, like a vitamin deficiency. Others are more complex and medical, like androgenic alopecia. Keep reading to learn more and to help you identify why your hair could be thinning.
Causes of Hair Loss
Pregnancy & Postpartum Hair Loss
If you’re a new mom struggling with thinning hair, you’re not alone. While pregnancy hormones often give moms-to-be thick and extra-healthy hair during pregnancy, after the baby arrives it’s a different story. Women with postpartum hair loss may see extra shedding, thinning and unhealthy-looking hair. This usually becomes even more pronounced after they stop breastfeeding. After you stop breastfeeding, if you start to see thinning hair, try a clinically proven hair supplement. Viviscal hair growth† supplement helps nourish those follicles, promoting thicker, fuller hair growth† in three to six months.*
Diet & Nutrient Deficiencies
Lack of Protein
Your body builds hair from the protein in your diet. So if you’re not eating enough protein, your hair growth will suffer.
Ensure you’re getting enough protein in your diet by eating plenty of fish, chicken, nuts, and beans to prevent this type of hair loss. Taking Viviscal hair supplement can also help. Viviscal contains a marine complex called AminoMar™, which is derived from marine protein molecules, plus other vitamins and minerals that help promote existing hair growth.*
Vitamin C Deficiency
This antioxidant is necessary for the absorption of iron in the blood. A vitamin C deficiency can lead to iron deficiency anemia, which in turn can cause hair loss. Vitamin C also helps to produce red blood cells, which deliver nutrients to the hair follicles and promote hair growth. For this reason, we included vitamin C in our formulation of Viviscal.*
Too Much Vitamin A
While vitamin A is important for healthy eyes and nerves, consuming too much vitamin A can contribute to hair loss. But don’t cut out carrots from your diet! This condition is unlikely to occur from diet alone. The recommended daily value of vitamin A is 5,000 IU, but some supplements can contain as much 10,000 IU. In this case, hair growth will continue once you decrease your vitamin A intake.
It’s fun to change your look often using hair dye and heat tools. Unfortunately, styling and processing your hair too often can weaken hair strands, causing breakage and overall thinning. Embrace your natural hair texture by air drying hair whenever possible, and saving hot tools for special occasions only. Avoid coloring and lightening hair by more than a few shades, as this can also lead to damage and hair thinning. Viviscal replenishes nutrients being delivered to hair follicles, to help grow thicker, healthier hair after over-styling damage. Nourish damaged, broken strands with Viviscal supplement.*
Styling that pulls on hair roots for extended periods of time can cause traction alopecia. Tight braids, ponytails, and hair extensions can damage the hair follicles over time. In extreme cases, this condition even can cause scarring on the scalp that can damage the hair root and prevent hair from growing back in some areas.
To avoid traction alopecia, take frequent breaks from tight hairstyles to give your scalp a chance to recover.
As we age, we naturally tend to lose hair thickness. In fact, 80% of women and 65% of men notice their hair thinning by the age of 60.
For women, the hormonal changes before, during and after menopause often causes thinning hair and excess hair shedding.
Of course, aging is a part of life. But a hair supplement like Viviscal can help your hair look healthier and promote thicker, fuller hair growth.* For quick coverage of thinning hair due to age, you can also try styling or cosmetic solutions like a new haircut for thinning hair or a hair-building fibers product like Toppik.
Birth Control Pills
Starting or stopping taking birth control pills can also result in thinning hair. Oral contraceptives (birth control pills) can affect hormone levels, which can also trigger telogen effluvium.
If you’re concerned that oral contraceptives are causing your hair loss, speak to your doctor about changing your birth control prescription. If he or she decides that your birth control pill is the cause of your hair loss, they can suggest alternative prescriptions that may be a better fit for your body chemistry and hormones.
Placing the body under physical stress, a type of physical trauma, such as giving birth, undergoing surgery, or having sudden weight loss, can trigger a type of hair loss called telogen effluvium.
Telogen effluvium is a type of hair loss in which an unusually large number of hairs switch from the growing (anagen) phase to the shedding (exogen) phase. Hair thinning usually becomes noticeable three to six months after the traumatic event. As your body heals and recovers, then hair growth usually returns to normal.
Like physical stress, emotional stress can also bring about telogen effluvium. A divorce, the death of a loved one, or a difficult semester at school can all cause hair to shed.
Stress management practices like meditation and exercise can help to decrease the amount of stress-related hair loss.
Sudden Weight Loss
Even if your significant weight loss is ultimately good for you, dramatic weight loss can cause hair loss. Sudden, extreme weight loss is a type of physical trauma that actually triggers telogen effluvium. A strict, reduced-calorie diet may also contribute to vitamin or mineral deficiencies. Luckily, if you can regulate your vitamin and caloric intake, hair will usually return to normal growth rates within about six months. Viviscal hair supplement can help provide your hair follicles with necessary vitamins and minerals that may be missing from your diet.*
Medical Conditions Related to Hair Loss
If you’ve changed your diet, improved your stress level and lifestyle, and cut down on over-styling habits, and still your hair loss is not improved, there may be a more serious medical cause of your hair loss. If you think you’re experiencing a serious medical condition that’s causing thinning hair, or if your hair loss is more severe and long-term, talk to your doctor. Your doctor can help other possible medical causes for your hair loss to prescribe medication or other treatment options.
Hypothyroidism is the condition of an underactive thyroid gland. The thyroid gland pumps out hormones that control metabolism and growth. If your thyroid isn’t making enough of these hormones, one common symptom can be hair loss. If a doctor diagnoses hypothyroidism, they generally will prescribe synthetic hormones, which may help alleviate symptoms including thinning hair.
Androgenic Alopecia (Male Pattern Baldness)
Male pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss for men, also known as androgenic alopecia. A combination of genes and hormones contributes to male pattern baldness, which usually begins with the telltale sign of a receding hairline.
Female Pattern Baldness
Female pattern hair loss is a unique form of androgenic hair loss that occurs in women. It’s also caused by genes and hormones, and women with female pattern hair loss in their family are much more likely to have it as well. In this type of hair loss, thinning occurs evenly across the scalp rather than as a receding hairline.
How to Treat Hair Loss
For many women, treating hair loss is simple. In many cases, everyday lifestyle changes and improving your overall health can help promote healthy hair growth. So eat a healthy diet, reduce stress, take a break from over-styling damage, and take a hair supplement like Viviscal to give your body necessary nutrients to encourage normal healthy hair growth.*
If you believe that a more serious or long-term medical condition may be to blame, consult your doctor. Your doctor will not only help you find a diagnosis, but he or she can help you treat your symptoms, including hair loss.
The most important thing is first to find out once and for all why your hair is thinning. Then you can find the best treatment and make the necessary changes that will give you back the thick, healthy hair that you want.
†existing hair growth