Causes of Thinning Hair in Women

Thinning Hair in Women

If you are seeing more hair on your brush or shower drain than usual, your hair could be thinning. Symptoms of thinning hair include a widening hairline, patches of missing hair, reduced hair volume, and hair breakage.

Hair thinning in women usually begin in their 40s. Pregnancy and treatment for a number of illnesses, such as chemotherapy and radiation, can also affect hair quality.

Regardless of the cause, thinning hair is a cause for concern. Let’s talk about the most common causes of thinning hair in women and who can help you get a head of fuller hair again.

Health Issues that Lead to Hair Thinning

Your thyroid is responsible for your metabolic rate, which dictates the rate at which your hair and nails grow. Women with hyperthyroidism, a condition where you produce too much thyroid hormone in your body, can cause hair loss.

Another possible health-related cause is an autoimmune disorder called alopecia areata, wherein your own immune system attacks your hair follicles and causes patches of hair loss. The disorder is believed to be triggered by illness or stress.

Hereditary Female Pattern Hair Loss

If your mother, grandmother, and/or sister have experienced hair thinning that begins at the hairline and goes along the natural “part” of your hair, this is usually due to a condition called androgenetic alopecia, or female pattern hair loss. This type of hair loss usually occurs as a woman nears menopause, and it is usually due to the decrease in estrogen levels that occur during this time period.

Hair Thinning Due to Stress and Trauma

Women who experience extreme stress or trauma can also experience a reduction in hair volume. The condition is called telogen effluvium. Most often, this type of hair thinning or hair loss is temporary. Stressful events include having a baby or suffering a death in the family.

Chemicals in Hair Products Causing Thinning Hair

Harmful chemicals that can cause hair thinning are found in many hairstyling products. These chemicals may include ammonia, parabens, or propylene glycol.

In addition, heat styling with a curling iron or overuse of a hair dryer can also lead to poor hair health. A hair doctor can evaluate your styling habits and help you determine what could be leading to your hair loss.

Tight Hairstyles

Very tight hairstyles that pull on the hair follicles can also cause hair thinning in women. Examples of these hairstyles include ponytails, braids, hair extensions, weaves, and cornrows. Wearing a tight hairstyle can cause thinning hair in anyone, so it’s best to keep your styles loose and allow the hair follicles to flow naturally.

Solutions for Thinning Hair in Kansas City and Des Moines

Hair loss of any kind can make anyone feel self-conscious. Your hair is part of your identity, so it’s important to you – and you’re reminded of it every time you look in the mirror. Fortunately, hair thinning or hair loss can now be beautifully addressed thanks to advances in hair restoration techniques.

If you have any questions about our hair solutions or you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Scott Darling, contact our team at Darling Hair Restoration today by calling us at (816) 792-3400 or request an appointment via our online form now. We look forward to helping you feel great about yourself!