Let’s Talk Female Hair Loss

August 30, 2019

We’ve all been there – those days, weeks, or even months where it feels like there is more hair in our brushes and shower drains than on top of our heads. If you are experiencing hair loss, you’re not alone. Around 40% of all women will experience hair loss to some degree by their 40th birthday.

But how do you know what the root cause of your hair loss is? Is it a side effect of certain circumstances like stress, diet, and hormones? Or could it be due to something more permanent like hereditary hair loss? You might also wonder what treatments are available for you, and what you can do to make fine, thin hair appear fuller? How can you feel empowered and inspired to gain your confidence back?

At The Blowout Bar, we’re dedicated to providing an experience that brings our clients a feeling of happiness, ease, and confidence. Below, we’ve provided tips and information to help put you in control of your hair loss.


Causes of Female Hair Loss

Hair loss in females can occur for a number of reasons. The most common cause, however, is androgenetic alopecia – otherwise known as “female pattern hair loss.” Unfortunately, female pattern hair loss is harder to treat because of its underlying hereditary factors and its distinctive widespread thinning all over the scalp. Sometimes, major hormone shifts provoke this kind of hair loss, such as pregnancy, birth control pills, menopause, the development of ovarian cysts, PCOS, and thyroid imbalances.

Other hair loss triggers include prolonged stress and stress from traumatic events like major surgery or childbirth. In this case, hair loss is usually temporary and will go back to its normal state after a few months when the body and mind have had a chance to recover.


Treatments

Depending on the type of hair loss you’re experiencing, treatment options can range from adapting simple stress management techniques into your daily routine to starting on minoxidil and other hair loss prescription treatments.

To jumpstart your hair loss treatment journey begin by analyzing your current habits and replacing them with healthier ones. What does your diet look like, for instance? Are you eating a lot of processed foods? Hair growth thrives off of a nutrient-rich diet that includes a healthy balance of leafy greens for iron, omega3 fats like avocado and salmon, foods naturally high in biotin like egg yolk, and fruits and veggies rich in vitamins A and C. Foods that hinder hair growth, on the other hand? Sugar, white starches, and…alcohol (don’t @ us, it’s science!).

Other habits like smoking, excessive shampooing, hot showers, frequent hair coloring, box dyes, tight hairstyles, and overuse of styling products and hot tools without thermal protection can also lead to hair loss.

If you’re still confused about where to start, it’s best to address your primary care physician with your concerns. They will be able to look at your lifestyle, eating habits, and blood levels to infer causes and solutions, or will refer you to a dermatologist or trichologist who can.


Coping and Quick Fixes

Though the journey of finding the best hair loss treatment that works for you will take time, there are things you can do now to update your look and boost your confidence.

Is your current cut and color working for you or against you? Those of us with fine, thin hair may find that keeping our tresses long adds extra weight at the roots, ultimately compromising volume and showing more scalp. Consider opting for a super trendy cut on the shorter side, like a lob or classic blunt bob. It’s often hard to part with long locks, but many women find unexpected empowerment and confidence in rocking a new, short ‘do. Plus, have you SEEN short hair blowouts? Can you say, “insta-worthy?!” Plus, you can always wear extensions for big events where you want enough hair to pull off an extravagant style.

For maximum volume, volumizing shampoos, conditioners, and mousse can be your best friend. But be careful not to use too much product at once, though. Putting more volumizing products than you need can still weigh down your hair.

Though hair loss is emotionally taxing for any gender, it’s undeniable that it is considered far more socially acceptable for men to go through the hair loss process. It is the difference between indicating a sign of masculinity and attractiveness (hello, Dwayne Johnson), and a sign of instability and an unhealthy like (a la 2007 Britney Spears). Female hair loss can be so emotionally devastating that it can set forth a wide range of social and emotional issues, affecting all aspects of a woman’s daily life.

If you’re struggling with finding confidence because of hair loss and thinning hair, it’s tempting to want to do whatever it takes to hide and cover-up. Instead, take control of your health. Do your research and develop a new normal. You are not alone! The best thing you can do for yourself is to fight the urge to sweep your concerns under the rug. Now is the time to communicate with your stylist, doctor, and close friends so you can work together to find a solution. Like weight loss or learning a new skill, finding a hair loss solution that works for you will take time. Stay the path and share your journey –  there are tens of thousands of women out there dealing with hair loss waiting to be inspired by YOU!