We all lose hair on a daily basis, and generally this is just a normal phase of the hair’s natural growth cycle. You can expect between 50 and 100 hairs in a day to fall out, while some more grow in. And a few strands clogging up the hairbrush in the morning would not normally be a cause for concern.
However, when it starts to be a bit more than 100 hairs a day, or thinner patches start to become visible, it can become quite worrying. Even more so when you are still in your 30s. We all expect to lose a bit of hair as we get older, but not before you’ve even hit middle age!
Sadly though, hair loss among women in their 30s is all too common. So if you’re one of the unlucky ones, you can take some comfort in the fact that you’re not alone.
We’ve rounded up three of the most common reasons women lose their hair in their 30s.
1. Female-pattern hair loss
We’ve all heard of male-pattern baldness. But unfortunately women don’t get off scot free either. In fact, androgenic alopecia (that’s the official name) affects up to 40% of women by the age of 50.
It’s unusual for it to become pronounced in your 30s, but not unheard of. In fact, if you’re losing your hair and don’t fit into any of the categories listed below, this is the most likely reason.
How to recognise it: female-pattern hair loss tends to present as a diffuse thinning across the whole head. So rather than losing all the hairs in a particular area, as happens with men, you may not notice the loss until it becomes quite extreme.
2. Postpartum hair loss
This is a particularly common form of hair loss among women in their 30s. When you are pregnant, your body experiences a surge of hormones which help to keep you fit and healthy, and that includes your hair.
You may even notice that during pregnancy your hair looks thicker and shinier, and you are losing fewer hairs than usual. “Great news!” you think to yourself. Sadly, though, what goes up must come down. Once the baby’s out, all those hairs that have been clinging so gleefully to your scalp for nine months will start to fall.
How to recognise it: this kind of hair loss tends to be a bit more sudden than androgenic alopecia, and hair sometimes falls out in clumps. However, the good thing about postpartum hair loss is that it is almost always temporary, so often the first thing you notice is actually the new hairs coming in. A ‘fringe’ of shorter strands growing around your hairline is a sure sign that the worst is over.
3. Stress-related hair loss
In these days where women are expected to have it all, stress-related hair loss is becoming more and more common. It’s often women in their 30s, that are juggling small children with a career, who suffer the most. Not to mention the additional stressors of trying to get on the property ladder. And it’s not uncommon to be dealing with aged and increasingly decrepit parents at this age too.
How to recognise it: Like postpartum hair loss, stress-related hair loss tends to be a bit more obvious than female-pattern baldness. A large number of strands are shed every day, and sometimes as much as double the natural hair loss amount. Another tell-tale sign is a thinning around the temples.
If you’re concerned about hair loss and would like to book a consultation with one of our hair loss experts, please contact us today at our Birmingham (0121 809 2747) or London (0208 159 9067) clinic.