Hair loss is a natural part of aging for women, at different stages of life you are likely to end up suffering from some degree of hair thinning and hair fall. By understanding the causes behind the hair fall throughout your life, you can improve your chances of minimising the damage and holding onto healthy thicker hair for longer.
During your twenties and thirties
These two decades of a woman’s life are when she is most likely to have a baby. Sadly postnatal hair loss is a thing, it is related to the drop in the levels of oestrogen and losing the hair you didn’t lose in the last six months almost in clumps. Hair loss in menstruating women during this age can also be a result of low levels of ferritin (the stored iron within your body). Women should ask their doctors for a blood test to check for low iron levels and are advised to eat a well-balanced diet for optimal hair growth.
During your forties
The most common cause of hair fall in women in and around their forties is female pattern hair loss; it is thought to affect one in four women. In post-menopausal women, female pattern hair loss is due to a reduction in oestrogen levels. Topical solutions containing Minoxidil are recommended as they can help to be successful in hair regrowth; experts also suggest ensuring that you are consuming enough zinc and vitamin B.
During your fifties
Menopause can create a decline in oestrogen levels which leave hair follicles vulnerable in those people who have a genetic predisposition to hair thinning. If you are sleep deprived this can have a major impact on your energy levels, as your energy is directed towards keeping your body and essential organs functioning optimally and not your hair. Women are advised to see a doctor when there are sleep or hormone issues and also to take multi-vitamin supplements. Women can also wash their hair on a daily basis if required to improve hair texture, scalp condition and to resolve dryness.
For more information on hair loss throughout your life, speak to your doctor or a hair loss expert.