How to help fight thinning hair in women... 9 tips to go from Flat to FABulous!
Did you know?
24% of women say losing their hair is like losing a limb
the average age of women with thinning hair is 25-35
by age 50 years almost 50% of women will complain of thinning hair
female pattern hair loss (FPHL) is the most common form of hair loss in women and occurs in women with Androgenetic Alopecia
What are the stages of hair loss in females? Without any treatment female pattern hair loss can progress from a widening part to overall hair thinning. Female pattern hair loss is a progressive condition which means many women will continue to lose their hair, however unlike men many women do not lose all their hair. Treatment can deliver the best results when started at the first signs of hair loss.
Image above: Ludwig's pattern of hair loss in females.
Stage 1 - Minimal hair loss which can be camouflaged by hair styling techniques
Stage 2 - Characterised by a decrease in volume and widening of the middle part
Stage 3 - Overall thinning on the scalp, which can lead to a see through look on the head
In a brusque interview London Trichologist Dr Philip Kingley tells Marie Claire “Like a peacock's brilliant feathers, hair is a secondary sexual characteristic. You don't need it to keep you either warm or cool, so its primary function is to increase attractiveness."
So where does this leave women with thinning hair?
Here are our 9 top tips to help you deal with thinning hair and go from flat to FABulous...
1. Reduce your stress.
I know it is easier said than done, but if you can take some time out, and just breathe, it could seriously help! Severe, chronic and even sudden stress can cause havoc on your body. This may lead to your weakened immune system attacking your precious hair follicles as a way of coping with your bodies stress. The good news is, once you reduce your stress levels, often (not always) your hair will start to grow back. So in the meantime, take up yoga, master meditation and try to remove yourself (as often as you can) from highly stressful situations.
2. Eat well and get moving
It's simple, our bodies thrive on good food and exercise. Not only does it nourish our insides, but exercise will also help to release that ever so important serotonin, to make you feel happier. Hair loss can be a vicious cycle, we lose our hair so we don’t feel great about ourselves, and when we are down in the dumps our body isn't loving life. So let’s focus on what we can control, and that is what we put in our bellies and how often we get moving. Even a light 30 min walk, 3-4 a week, will help clear the mind and get your serotonin pumping,
When it comes to what we put in, the hair gets off on good proteins, iron, zinc, and vitamin B12. Next time you visit the supermarket make sure you stock up on fish, leafy greens, lean meats and chicken, nuts and beans.
For more information on how to best eat for hair thinning and tailor your diet for specific autoimmune conditions, talk to a qualified dietician. I recommend the experts at www.thehealthclinic.com.au.
3. Add some volume to your thinning hair with a human Hair Topper
Hair Toppers are a great way to not only cover the areas on your head that may be experiencing hair loss, but they also add that fabulous volume to your thinning hair. Just a quick flip and clip and voila you have sudden volume.
Hair toppers come in a range of colours and bases that cover smaller to larger areas on the scalp.
Toppers, also known as Crown Extensions can be made from beautiful natural looking human hair, which can be cut, styled and even coloured to blend in with your natural thinning hair. We recommend a high quality human hair, and a 100% Virgin European Hair topper if you wish to colour the hair to blend in with your natural hair. At The BHB we have a unique collection of hair toppers for women experiencing hair loss, and take pride in taking the time to match you up with the perfect piece.
To view our collection of human hair toppers - click here
4. Leave the clips, hot iron tools and curlers behind
Reduce the use of hair curlers, straighteners or clip in hair extensions all of which have a tendency to add extra strain to your already fragile hair. When you hair is thinning and can easily snap it is essential you give it extra TLC and avoid any extra external pressures.
5. Try switching to wig to take the pressure off your thinning hair (or to cover up greater hair loss)
Hollywood actress Keira Knightley in a recent interview confesses “I have dyed my hair virtually every color imaginable for different films. It got so bad that my hair literally began to fall out of my head! So for the past five years I’ve used wigs, which is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to my hair,” she told InStyle UK.
Knightley has worn a range of stunning human hair lace front wigs. The lace front hair line gives the illusion that the hair is coming out of the scalp. Lace front wigs are also a go to for makeup artists as the lace can be further blended to the scalp with makeup to give an even more natural looking hairline.
Wigs are becoming increasingly popular for women experiencing hair thinning, as they can sit on top of your natural hair and blend in beautifully. For the most natural look, go for a human hair wig.
To view The Beautiful Hair Boutique's range of stunning human hair wigs - click here
Minoxidil is one of the most commonly sold products to help fight hair loss, and is used to help women who are suffering from gradually thinning hair or larger areas of hair loss on the top of the scalp. You may recognise it by its more popular name, Rogaine. The 5% strength, Topical Minoxidil solution, is safe for women, and does not require a prescription. Typically when applied to the scalp twice a day, 40% of individuals (both men and women) will see new hair growth. Hair growth can tend to appear within 2-8 weeks on the patches and areas where Minoxodil has been applied.
8. Cortisone Shots
This treatment is not for the faint hearted. Cortisone shots are know to be painful, so I wouldn’t recommend rushing into this option until you are fully informed or prepared to take on this treatment. Cortisone shots have had a solid success rate for women experiencing less than 50% hair loss . The shots work by injecting cortisone directly into the scalp, blocking the hormonal activity that induces hair thinning. For more information on Cortisone shots contact your local dermatologist.s
9. Be kind to yourself
When a woman loses her hair, she feels like a huge part of her identity and sexuality has gone with it. The good news is, these days there are so many options to help get your hair looking amazing again if you just show yourself a little extra love, trust me, your hair will thank you for it. Ask your partner, mum, brother, friend or anyone special to you, for a daily head massage!