Along with many of the physiological changes that can go along with the aging process, hair loss and hair thinning can be one. This is a change that often affects men as they age, but can affect women as well and can be especially upsetting. Fortunately, like many beauty challenges, there are ways to deal with this issue to make hair appear thicker and fuller.
Hair thinning with age can have many causes, but you shouldn’t just accept it as a byproduct of aging until you investigate. If you notice hair loss – especially sudden or dramatic – be certain to see your doctor to make sure there isn’t an underlying medical cause. Some causes of hair thinning in women include:
- Thyroid disorders
- Autoimmune disease
- Dramatic, rapid weight loss
- Extreme stress
What to Do?
If there is no treatable underlying medical cause, there are ways you can address the situation to make your hair appear fuller and thicker and to disguise bare or thinning spots. If your long hair is thinning, sometimes a shorter cut or a new style can make hair appear fuller. Bare or thinning spots on the scalp can often be easily concealed with scalp powders and fibers that bind to hair and scalp. There may also be vitamins that can help. The B vitamin Biotin, along with other B complex vitamins, can sometimes help make hair grow thicker and fuller. Vitamins C, A, and D can also benefit hair, in addition to addressing any vitamin deficiencies. Consult with your doctor to find out if supplementing might be helpful for you!
Shampoos and hair treatments containing minoxidil are known to help men regrow hair, but did you know that they can help women as well? If you think this might be for you, seek out a treatment that is specifically formulated for women, which is different than the formulation and strength used by men. Minoxidil is an FDA approved ingredient to regrow hair and is available without a prescription, but it must be used consistently and continuously to see long-term results.