If you have noticed extra hair in your brush, on your bathroom floor or in the shower drain then you are not alone. Female hair loss has escalated in the past ten years.
There is nothing worse than seeing your scalp through your bangs or through a wider part line, we know, we are women who have suffered like this too.
Your internet search has landed you in the right place! As a trained nurse and hair loss sufferer, I have done the research for you and below is a list of the most common causes of female hair loss.
Not only that, I have found something to cover it up so that no one else knows our secret.
But first things first, here is a list of the most common causes...
Low Iron and B12
Feeling tired as well as noticing some hair loss? Your problem could be low iron and/or vitamin B12. The good news is that once the proper levels are restored with the help of supplements and/or diet changes, your hair loss may subside. Head to your doctor for a blood test to find out if this is your issue.
One of the most common causes of hair loss in women over 50 is menopause. We have covered a huge amount on menopause and hair loss here. But just briefly, it can help to spend a little extra on natural hair products and take care to keep your hair and your scalp conditioned, as low estrogen is also known to make hair and skin dry and therefore more susceptible. It’s worth noting that your hair may not actually be coming out from the roots but hair breakage could actually be the reason for your thinning hair. Get yourself a microfiber hair towel and be kind to your wet hair since harsh treatment of wet hair can exacerbate breakage. More about hair loss and menopause here.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Although extra hair growth on the body is common in women with PCOS, in a cruel twist of fate the hormonal imbalances can also cause hair loss in women. So, more hair where you don’t want it and less hair where you do. Unfair.
During pregnancy, a lot of women will actually experience thicker hair due to the peak in estrogen levels. This ceases, however, once your baby is born so it is common to experience hair loss after childbirth. Just sit tight, focus on your new bub and your thinning hair should subside. More about post partum hair loss here.
If you’re taking any regular medications, you may not be in 100% tip top physical condition. Many illnesses or just being unwell can cause hair loss in women, but in some cases it could be the medication itself. It’s important not to overlook any medications you may have been on long term (I’m looking at you, contraceptives) where you have altered your dosage or recently stopped taking them altogether.
Stress Hair Loss
You may have read that stress can cause hair loss, which indeed it can. Once you have determined it is possible for stress to cause your hair to fall out, the next stage is to understand the causes of stress hair loss. Read more about stress and hair loss here.
Hair Loss Due to Over styling
It’s probably not much of a surprise that heated styling products like straighteners, curling irons and hair dryers can cause hair loss in women, but did you know that your hairspray, gel or even the type of shampoo you use could also be causing your thinning hair? Be careful not to overuse styling products or opt for natural products. Whilst you’re at it, be careful with your poor head! Simple things like tight ponytails and harsh brushing can also cause hair loss. Be kind to your hair with a microfiber towel.
So your body is getting thinner and so is your hair? While the good news is you are feeling great with those extra pounds gone, you may find your hair has suffered. In some women, the sudden and extreme weight loss can put a strain on your body that can affect your ability to grow thick and healthy hair. Just shake in some carb free Boost N Blend and you will have instantly thicker hair! Read more about hair loss after bariatric weight loss surgery here.
Because hair is viewed by the body as non-essential, it is often the first thing the body stops assigning resources to, so it can begin to fall. Hair loss is a common symptom of a lot of illnesses e.g. autoimmune diseases, but what you may be surprised to learn is that hair loss in women can be caused by acute illnesses like gastroenteritis. These short but intense illnesses can put enough temporary stress on the body that it can lead to hair loss in women - usually around three months later. The good news is that this type of hair loss can usually right itself without intervention.
Hair loss in women can become your Achilles heel. For many women one bout of hair loss that rights itself following pregnancy or an illness reoccurs later when the same or another trigger hits.
If you are suffering sudden hair loss ask yourself what you were doing three months ago. Since hair goes through a three month cycle it is often the case that it was three months ago when your body was stressed that the damage was done.
Is There an Instant Solution to Female Hair Loss?
The good news is - yes! You can cover up any patches of thinning hair instantly with a shake in cotton fiber!
While some of these causes for hair loss in women have their own solutions (e.g. changing the medications that are causing your hair loss), there is no absolute cure for hair loss in women available today.
The good news is that there is a solution that can cover up thinning hair instantly. No need to look like you have thinning hair. That solution to hair loss in women is Boost N Blend, an instant, easy to apply hair loss concealer designed by women, for women.
Don't hesitate to cover up your thin patches! No one will ever know, it can be your secret. If you are comfortable wearing makeup or lipstick, then you will be comfortable shaking in a scalp concealer. It's easy, instant and invisible, once applied.