11 . March . 2019 BY Dr. Sharmishtha Deshpande

Are you worried about your thinning hair? You are not the only person because 50% of the female population is dealing with hair thinning and hair loss. If you are aware of the signs, then you can find a solution fast and stay clear!

Let’s quickly have a recap of the telltale signs of hair thinning:

  • Clumps of hair fall out
  • Loss of hair on the scalp
  • Bald spots on the forehead
  • Itchy, flaky scalp
  • Slow hair growth

And in case of female pattern thinning:

  • Hair thinning all over
  • Wider centre parting
  • A bald spot at the crown of your head
  • Rarely a receding front hairline

To restore your crowning glory, you need to understand the root of the problem and take timely medical, professional help.

There are unfortunately some myths that float around this subject. So, you need to sort out the facts from fiction and be clear of what’s what!

Here, let us bust the top 10 myths around Hair thinning in women
Myth 1: Washing your hair excessively can cause hair thinning

Fact: This is a common misconception. On the contrary, hair & scalp needs to be washed on a regular basis to keep it clean and healthy. If you use the right products, then you can maintain a healthy scalp and strengthen your hair.

Myth 2: Hair loss is permanent

Fact: Hair thinning can occur due to various reasons – an unhealthy diet, stress, excessive styling or health conditions. Not all are permanent hair loss. You need to have a professional diagnosis to check for any underlying medical condition. Unless the hair loss is due to genetic predisposition; then it can be permanent. So, you can consult a trichologist at the earliest and find the root of the problem. If you are facing permanent hair loss, then there are multiple options available in this day and age. Permanent hair loss is not something that needs to be endured!

Myth 3: Women with thin or delicate hair face hair thinning.

Fact: The texture of hair does not indicate the possibility of hair thinning or hair loss. There are many factors like stress, genetics, hormonal imbalance, anaemia, PCOS and such that can trigger hair thinning. So, it’s important to find the underlying cause since hair thinning does happen with just women with thin or delicate hair.

Myth 4: Hair thinning can occur due to the consumption of birth control pills

Fact: This is somewhat true since birth control pills can provoke thinning and in some cases, hair loss. But this cannot be generalised as it’s not always the case. Also, the good news is, in most cases even if so, it is reversible. It is important to know that not all women who are taking birth control pills will face thinning hair and if they do, the degree will vary. Moreover, birth control pills can speed up the process of hair loss, if baldness runs in your family. But again, this is not always true. There is almost always another underlying condition that is aggravating the concern.

Myth 5: Diet does not make a difference

Fact: Diet has a significant impact on hair thinning! You need to make sure that your diet is high on protein since hair is made of natural protein- Keratin. If you incorporate loads of protein in your diet, then it can make your hair healthy and shiny. So, high protein foods like soy, lentils and beans can show improvement. Many Hair foods which contain crucial vitamins and minerals contribute to beautiful, thick hair.

Myth 6: Hair regrowth can happen with supplements

Fact: Though supplements are harmless, there is no evidence that one pill will boost hair growth. A well-balanced diet and responsible lifestyle, along with doctor prescribed supplements can be a good thing for your hair. Just supplements alone won’t help.

Myth 7: Only ageing can cause hair thinning

Fact: We hate to burst the bubble but there is really no one age at which people start losing hair or face hair thinning. If it is in your genes, then it may even begin in your teens. But the good news is, hair thinning is chronic and progressive, so it gives you some signs.
Menopause is the age when the female hormone starts dipping down and there are hormonal fluctuations that can impact hair, so it is must to rule out the changes in menopausal age group. In Indian ladies ,menopause does set at around 40.
Keep an eye out and take professional assistance.

Myth 8: Expose your hair to the sun much and your hair will grow thin

Fact: This is a traditional tale in many circles. Sunlight is actually a much-needed element as it provides the hair-health-boosting Vitamin D. While you can protect your skin and hair from very harsh sunlight while out, it’s not a proven fact that exposure to sunlight is the cause of hair thinning.

Myth 9: Getting a haircut frequently can prevent hair thinning

Fact: Hair thinning cannot be tackled by just going for frequent haircuts. It is a good idea to trim your hair once in a while, as it helps to get rid of split ends and makes the hair more manageable. But this cannot stop hair thinning that may be triggered by other factors which have been discussed above.

Myth 10: Blow drying causes hair thinning.

Fact: Excessive usage of blow dryers, straighteners and other such instruments can cause hair damage in the long term, due to the heat being applied on the hair shaft, also pulling at it during the process. Excessive heat can surely cause some concerns!
Moderate blow drying and styling is something that all women indulge in regularly. There is no scientific evidence that establishes that blow drying your hair can lead to hair thinning! Using the device at a cooler setting, not pointing it directly at the roots or at a single spot for long, may be some practices that can be adopted if you are worried about the usage anyhow!

Advanced technologies have been pioneered that help restore the hair to it’s to original strength, for those who face hair thinning. Organic and natural treatment using the plant stem cell technology containing extracts from Swiss Apple stem cell, Pea sprout stem cell and Argan stem cell, is the best available solution today for hair thinning. Plant stem cell technology aims to slow down and reduce the ageing process by working on stem cells within the dermal and epidermal layers of the skin.

Hope this blog has given you fair clarity on the myths you have heard about female hair thinning! Do read up on hair loss, female pattern thinning and treatments to learn more on the subject. Some small changes to your lifestyle and hair care routine may in itself help you to stay away from hair thinning and hair loss.

If you do suspect that you are facing hair thinning, it would be most advisable to pay a visit to a trichologist.
Trichology exists so that you stay clear of all your hair problems and worries!

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