Hair can be something we pay a lot of attention to, and notice changes in quite easily in the course of everyday washing, brushing and styling. If you are concerned that your hair is getting thinner, then you first need to establish if this is really the case, as well as what the cause might be, before taking any action like a thinning hair treatment to try and prevent further thinning or return your hair to its former glory.
How Much Hair Should You Normally Lose?
If you are concerned that your hair may be getting thinner because you are seeing lots of hair come out on your brush or when you wash it, but it doesn’t really look or feel any different on your head, you may just be being fooled by normal shedding. Every hair has a life cycle, and as a result, we lose 50-100 individual hairs every day. If your hair is long, that may well look like a lot of hair in your plughole or on your brush, but it is actually completely normal, so as long as your hair still looks and feels normal, there is normally nothing to worry about. Also, you need to think about whether the strands you see coming out are whole hairs, or parts of hairs that have broken off.
Hair breakage is different to hair loss, though it can still make hair look thinner overall, and is caused by the hair being in bad condition, rather than anything related to the scalp, root, or hormonal or genetic factors. Hair treatments can help in cases or breakage, but it can be best to get your hair cut shorter if a lot of breakage is occurring due to bleaching, perming, or other damage.
If you can tell that you are losing more hair than normal and it is beginning to look and feel thinner, perhaps even with a receding hairline or bald patches, this could be caused by a number of things. Female pattern baldness is a major cause, and is often hereditary, so you can get an idea of whether this is likely to affect you by looking at older women in your family. There can also be more temporary causes. Pregnancy can cause changes in the hair, as can other hormonal events like the menopause, or conditions like PCOS. Skin conditions affecting the scalp such as psoriasis or eczema can also cause hair loss, as can serious physical or mental trauma – for example surgery or a bout of illness.
What Can You Do?
If you can identify the cause as something temporary like pregnancy or a response to a stressful event then your hair should return to normal on its own. If you have a scalp condition, you should see a dermatologist and tackle that, which should enable hair to begin growing again. For other causes, using products geared towards thickening hair and encouraging regrowth may help.
In many cases, thinning hair can be treated, and you will be able to enjoy thicker, fuller hair again in the future.