Why is my hair falling out, what are the triggers of female hair loss and how can it be prevented?

First things first, switch up for your shampoo routine

WHETHER you’ve pulled out a mega knot or giving your locks a quick comb, hair loss is simply a part of everyday life for women.

But happens when your hair starts noticeably thinning? Here’s everything you need to know about treating delicate hair at home… other than slathering your locks in conditioner.

 Thinning hair is just a part of getting older
Thinning hair is just a part of getting older

Why is my hair falling out?

Medically speaking, there is no one reason why women lose their hair. But there’s a difference between the losing a few stray strands and the common hair loss condition alopecia.

This autoimmune disease occurs when your body’s immune system mistakes your hair follicles for a virus and attacks them.

Research shows that “70% of women over the age of 70 experience female-pattern baldness” as they get older.

However, sudden hair loss affects young women too and be “as a result of extreme stress”.

 Every loses a few strands of hair a day.. extreme stress can trigger substantial loss
Every loses a few strands of hair a day.. extreme stress can trigger substantial loss

What are the triggers of female hair loss?

Whether hair loss runs in your family or you’ve simply been having a hard time of late, hair thinning can either be caused by environmental or genetic factors.

“Research shows that at least 1 in 3 women will suffer from hair loss or volume at some point in their lifetime.”

The haircare expert confirmed that hair loss can be caused by hormonal imbalances, sudden stress, iron deficiencies, and age.

Hair Loss Causes

  1. Hormonal imbalance – such as excess androgens
  2. Stress
  3. Iron Deficiency
  4. Thyroid imbalance
  5. Sudden or dramatic weight loss
  6. Vitamin B12 deficiency
  7. Age

How can I stop my hair from falling out?

First things first, assess your daily haircare routine and switch your shampoo for a sulphate-free formula.

Because while that ordinary shampoo may be a total bargain, it’s most likely drying out your strands and increasing your risk of hair loss. Even more so if you’re washing it daily.

Sulphate-free shampoos are much more hydrating for delicate hair and don’t have to be expensive – this OGX coconut water options works wonders and smells a treat.

If you’ve already developed bald patches, then investing in hair lotion containing minoxidil has been medically proven to help slow down balding.

According to WikiHow, massaging egg into your scalp or rinsing your hair with green tea has also been said to promote growth.

How can I stop my hair from thinning?

Luckily, there are some easy lifestyle changes sufferers can make to combat thinning hair.

If your hair is looking lacklustre and thin, then make sure to up your protein and vegetable intake by whipping up some healthy meals.

So next time you’re doing the weekly shop, stock up on enough eggs to slather on your scalp and to one to cook up afterwards.

One medium-sized egg contains a a hefty 6g of protein – thin-haired ladies, take note.

Best sources of protein for thick hair

  • Fish
  • Chicken
  • Pork
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Yoghurt
  • Nuts
  • Soya

Not only is it great for your overall health to eat a diet rich in protein and vitamins, but the nutrients also strengthen hair and prevent it from thinning.

And as basic as it may sound, never skip the conditioner after shampooing – your locks will love you for it.

This article was first seen in the Sun Newspaper . England