Hair Thinning In Women: A Complete Guide

We have talked a great deal about Hair Loss, Hair Thinning & Hair Transplant. Today, let us cover a topic that is often overlooked, & that is Hair Thinning in Women. A lot of confusion is there regarding its causes, treatment, etc. Let us dive deep into this.

First things first, in case you experience hair thinning then don’t feel alone. In fact, approx. 40% of women experience some form of hair thinning by the time they are 40 years old!

What Are the Causes of Hair Thinning in Women?

Just like hair loss, reasons for hair thinning also greatly vary. Let us talk about them one by one.


Simply put, it’s the biggest cause of hair thinning in women. This condition is also called androgenic alopecia or female pattern hair loss (FPHL). In case your parents have had thin hair then you are likely to have very thin hair as well.


Pregnancy can trigger a special kind of telogen effluvium that is postpartum hair loss. Women generally tend to shed less hair during pregnancy. However, after the delivery, all the hair starts to shed at once, and that too often in clumps. This type of thinning hair usually restores itself after several months.


Majority of the women, experience hair thinning during menopause. In this case, consult your doctor for a specific treatment that is designed to counter hair thinning in menopause.


How gravely stress can impact Hair Loss is something we’ve already discussed in depth. However, with hair thinning, the case is still exactly the same! Long-term, chronic stress has often been linked to hair thinning and then eventually hair loss.

Over-Processing of Hair

In case you like to wear your hair in braids or tight updos, you might experience thin hair that is called traction alopecia. Moreover, chemical processes or even heat styling can damager your hair and cause them to break off, this eventually leads to very thin hair.


Nutritional deficiencies have often been linked to thinning hair in women. Your body needs an intake of a certain amount of every vitamin to run the necessary functions. Lack of intake of some vital nutrients can over time lead to hair thinning.


What Are the Symptoms of Hair Thinning in Women?

  1. Spotting more hair on your comb or brush.
  2. Spotting more hair shedding in the shower drain.
  3. Your ponytail is smaller what it used to be.


How To Deal with Hair Thinning in Women?

  1. Feed your follicles: As we’ve already stated, nutritional deficiencies can lead to hair thinning. Make sure that your diet consists of protein and lots of fruits/veggies.
  2. Taking care of your scalp: Your blood carries nutrients to the cells throughout the body. To experience less hair thinning, you need to boost blood flow to your scalp, this can be done by using a scalp massager brush or a hair & scalp detox scrub.
  3. Try using Minoxidil Lotion: We’ve talked a great deal about its effectiveness


Is Hair Breakage Different from Hair Thinning?

Absolutely. Hair breakage happens when the hair shaft becomes weak due to damage and simply snaps off. This can lead to thinning hair as well!

On the other hand, Hair thinning is when an unusual amount of hair enters the shedding phase.

Consult with your doctor to deal with hair thinning at an early stage. We hope that is post answers all your questions about the concept of hair thinning in women. To know more and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gaurav, simply call us on 9990449555.

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