Whilst it is not uncommon to notice a woman of sparse locks in extreme old age, it is good to see the once-taboo fact that a much-younger woman’s hair can thin from something as mundane as childbirth hormones or the peri-menopause is now becoming more widely acknowledged.
Unfortunately rectifying a hormonal/vitamin deficiency or imbalance or redressing your work/life balance to reduce stress will not necessarily automatically correct the hair thinning problem as you might hope, for hair appears to have a life (or death) all its own and hair loss remains largely a mystery, with its treatment, a far from exact science.
Nothing I did in my early 30s made the slightest difference to my hair loss and I hadn’t even had a baby and was nowhere near approaching the menopause either.
That said, sometimes an individual WILL derive benefit from trying to correct their hormones or vitamin deficiency or by reducing their stress levels so it is important to rule these things out as potential causes of hair loss before giving up hope of improvement to your natural hair.
Occasionally sufferers will be lucky and their hair will choose to thicken or grow back spontaneously, particularly if lost through a specific illness or via cancer treatment. But my advice is don’t bank on it and have a plan B to ensure you look and feel confident in the meantime. Try things by all means, but maintain the attitude; ‘It may work, it may not’ and manage your expectations.
At the other end of the scale don’t delude yourself into thinking there is genuine improvement if there is not, though some days your hair will try and deceive you by seeming improved and thicker one day, but going back to exactly how it was the following day. In reality hair generally takes six months to show a response to any treatment, so any treatment requires a degree of persistence and commitment in order to ascertain real results, if a treatment is going to help.
For some, hair loss may first be noticed in unusually large volumes of hair collecting in the shower tray (normal shedding is 150-300 strands per day depending on growth phase). For others they will first notice it, as I did, in a photograph of myself, not sporting my usual thick and wayward locks, or in the form of hair changing texture to become wispier or frizzier and more flyaway than it used to be. This is owing to miniaturisation where the DHT hormone slowly strangles the hair follicle in order that it produces thinner and thinner hair shafts until the strand becomes near-invisible (though the strand count may remain the same until this stage is reached), This is probably the reason why hairdressers tend to advise against exceptionally long hair in women after a certain age.
Cosmetically, a flattering haircut and colour is a must for anyone (man or woman) discovering thinning hair, quickly followed by good quality moisture-rich thickening products used regularly and a professional-standard hairdryer, all of which will help give the appearance of more volume.
Not forgetting a visit to Aspiration to discuss their further options.