Is your hair thinning? Here are 10 possible reasons why…

Hair shedding is part of a natural balance — some hair fall out while others grow in. However, some hair loss might be related to a variety of things. In an article with experts from various specialist institutions Sally-Ann Traver, Sam Burnett and Inanch Emir they go into why you might be suffering from hair thinning.

1. Stress

Chronic stress can cause malting, where certain hair follicles prematurely stop growing and enter into the telogen phase. The hairs affected by Telogen Effluvium will then stay in the resting phase for about three months, after which time they will shed.

On the positive side, hair loss will increase around two months after the stress begins and stop approximately four months after the stress stops.

2. Sudden weight loss or diet change

Restricting your diet can result in hair loss as your body realises it’s not receiving the same nutrients as it did before. 

Note: One of the main food groups that help with hair is protein, so assess whether you’re getting enough of that if you’re noticing an increase in shedding. Therefore, increasing the amount of dietary protein you eat, can help with nutritional hair loss.

3. Hairstyle

Tying your hair bands too tight? You’re probably breaking your hairs with your ponytail. Yes, even though your hair isn’t falling out of the root, breaking the strands can mean you’ll malt. 

Try these alternatives: 

Scrunchies- A great fashion accessory and perfect no metal components to your scrunchies which means they won’t cause breakage and damage to your hair.

Spiral hair tie- The so called telephone wire with just two loops keeps hair secure enough for a workout, too. And unlike elastic bands — even the really good ones — these spiral ties don’t inflict the dreaded (and very real) ponytail headache.

4. High fever

If you’ve had a high temperature (32c or over), hair follicles can temporarily shut down as the body concentrates on fighting infection. The higher and longer the temperature, the more hair is lost.

This also reinforces the less heat used on your hair, the fast and more healthier your hair will grow.

5. Iron deficiency

Heavy periods, vegetarianism or regular blood donation can lead to low Ferritin levels, the protein that stores iron in the body. Low iron is one of the most common mineral deficiencies in young women with hair thinning.

Note: Increase iron levels by increasing certain foods in your diet – red meat, spinach, legumes etc are naturally high in it – but supplements are also available. Talk to your doctor first about testing for iron deficiency before changing your diet or taking a supplement.

6. Not taking care of your scalp

Healthy hair begins with a healthy scalp, so if your scalp has a tendency to be dry, one of the most amazing low cost solutions is pure coconut oil. Apply it before bed, sleep in it and wash off the next day. 

Add a clarifying shampoo into your hair-washing routine to help remove product build-up as build up on the scalp can suffocate the hair cuticle and therefore does not allow it to ‘breathe’. 

7. Vitamin deficiency

Vitamin B12 and D are relatively common deficiencies in hair loss sufferers. Reasonable dietary B12 can only be obtained from animal sources which is why the deficiency is common in vegetarians and vegans.

8. Birth control

If you’re switching up your birth control or have just started the pill, it can have a negative effect on your hair. Generally, birth control pills with oestrogen are typically good for your hair, but ones with progesterone only can contribute to hair loss. Before selecting the right birth control, consult your doctor about possible side effects.

9. Pregnancy

One of the best things about pregnancy for some women is that they can experience thicker, more luscious hair. But what goes up, must come down and thanks to hormonal changes, hair loss is also a possibility. Thankfully, it’s usually not serious enough to cause bald patches or permanent hair loss and  should begin to diminish within 3-4 months after delivery.

10. Thyroid conditions

Thyroid conditions, particularly hypothyroidism, can cause hair thinning and is most common in postmenopausal women. The condition also causes hair to become dry, lead to brittle nails, weight gain and tiredness, so if you’re concerned you may be suffering with Hypothyroidism, consult your GP.

Finally, check out TikTok and Instagram for some genius hacks for making fine hairlines appear thicker. 

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16 thoughts on “Is your hair thinning? Here are 10 possible reasons why…

  1. Opeoluwa O. says:

    I’d love to try one hair product for myself and my little girl. We are keeping natural hair and there are too many products out there. Is there a product available for testing? We’ll apprecaite it

  2. Natasha S. says:

    Who would have thought there is so many reasons behind hair thinning. Very informative. I am enjoying all your reading material Rubybox keep up the great work! #Thank You Rubybox Loving the tips and looking forward to the next article!

  3. Siphokazi S. says:

    Thank you for this Rubybox 💙..
    I had long healthy hair but all of a sudden it started to thin, loss my hair line.. Now i see maybe it was because of i was on contraceptives pills, donating blood and i always did braids.. Then i was forced to cut my hair and start afresh, hoping to have my healthy, thick hair again.. 🤞😉

    Thank you