Female Hair Loss – it’s more common than you think!

Female Hair Loss – it’s more common than you think!

A lot of attention is given to hair loss in men but women are nearly as likely to develop thinning hair or even hair loss. This usually is noticed in their 50s or 60s but it can happen at other times for a variety of reasons.

First off it’s important to notice if your hair is thinning as this could be an indication of an underlying problem you may not be otherwise aware of. You may notice an unusually large amount of hair on your pillow in the morning or in the bath or shower after you wash your hair. When you comb (especially if you aren’t tugging) more than normal may be left in the comb or brush.

If you do notice extra hair loss a trip to the GP is the place to start. It is important to rule out the cause of the change. The most common reason for changes in hair are pregnancy, thyroid disorders and anaemia. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis can also lead to hair loss. Blood tests will help to rule out these conditions. But diffuse hair shedding linked to weight, anaemia, diet or thyroid problems is temporary. The hair follicle isn’t damaged and the hair grows back automatically or once an imbalance is addressed. The same goes for hair loss after childbirth or following cancer treatment – in most cases hair is restored.

If there isn’t an underlying medical reason for your hair loss then lifestyle issues may be the culprit. Hair needs a healthy diet and a well-functioning endocrine system to flourish. Extreme stress such as physical trauma, surgery or intense illness can all lead to hair growth changes. Also watch excessive Vitamin A intake – think about how much cod liver oil you take or liver you eat. Dramatic weight loss over a short period can also cause hair loss which may occur from a couple of weeks to six months after these experiences.

The last type of female hair loss is less visible and therefore less dramatic but is still distressing. These cases are genetic in nature. The hair thins gradually, often over decades, around the top front area backward towards the crown. It can start at any age and it is progressive and inherited. This is the only hair loss where the follicle gradually gets smaller and finer and produces smaller finer hair until hair growth stops altogether and then you get the thinning.Me!

This subject is of particular interest to me as my own hair started to thin following a bout of anaemia this year. I am on the mend now but it was a very distressing time. I managed to put my own Naturopathic principles into practice and with a combination of lifestyle changes including meditation and yoga and a strong supplement specifically for women’s hair loss my locks are getting back to their former glory.  Purple and blue glory that is!



Lindley Horner - Osteopathy, Naturopathy, Cupping Therapy, Cranial Osteopathy, Medical Acupuncture and Nutritional Medicine

2 Responses to “Female Hair Loss – it’s more common than you think!”

  1. Hi Susan, Lindsey.
    My hair started to fall out when I lived in anecico two years ago. It’s slowly coming back but I need help. Can you please PM me and let me know what to do.
    I use plant based products to wash and condition my hair . Other than drinking too much wine I eat a good diet with vitamin B supplements daily. Job is stressful at the moment but I do take time to laugh each day.
    I loved this article and hope you are well. You look fabulous.

    • It’s great to hear from you. Sorry to hear about your hair issues. The biggest detriment to hair is peroxide so if you are using bleaches on your hair (and from the sun) this can be very damaging. Hair changes through the menopause as well. If you have any other menopausal type symptoms it might be worth having a proper hormonal work up to see if hormonal support might help. I think a more comprehensive supplement would be helpful to go with your B vitamins as well, one specific to hair loss.

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