Is Your Hair Falling Out in Clumps? Follow these Steps to Prevent Hair Loss and Encourage Your Hair to Regrow!
If your hair has started falling out it is important that you find out the reason. The most common cause of hair thinning is genetics but most people find their hair starts to get thinner anyway as they get older. If your hair has suddenly started falling out it is important you see your doctor as as it may be due to an underlying medical condition. This post mainly looks at solutions to thinning hair on top of the head for females. It can be upsetting when your hair starts falling out in clumps and starts to feel and look thinner. I have discovered that there are some Ayurvedic treatments for hair loss (that actually work!), as well as some hair styling tricks to make your hair stronger.
Before we look at what can be done to reduce your hair loss it’s really important to consider what might be causing it.
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What Causes Hair Loss in Women?
Below are 7 causes for women to start loosing their hair. This can happen at any age.
- Poor nutrition (deficiencies in B Vitamins or Vitamin A, D, C, iron, zinc and/ or proteins can all cause hair fall)
- Hormonal changes (such as in pregnancy or menopause)
- Medical conditions such as alopecia and thyroid problems
- Certain medications may lead to hair loss
- High stress or a emotional shock could cause your hair to fall out
- Excessive hair styling / overuse of hair treatments or hair dye
- Sudden weight loss
Types of Hair Loss
- Gradual thinning hair on top of head (common in females) This is the most common type of hair loss and is the one I will address in this post.
- Patchy bald spots
- Sudden hair loss If suddenly your hair is falling out in clumps this may be due to a physical or emotional shock. Handfuls of hair may come out in the shower or when brushing your hair. If this has happened to you then don’t worry as this type of hair loss is usually temporary.
- Full-body hair loss Some medical conditions or drugs can cause hair to fall out all over but it usually grows back.
How to Regrow Thinning Hair and Stop it Falling Out!
If your hair has started falling out then don’t worry. There are some things you can do to slow hair fall and to encourage regrowth. The results will of course depend on the reason why your hair is falling out in the first place. Below are the steps I took when my hair started to become thin. I found that although it didn’t entirely fix the problem they did all make a noticeable difference.
Best Vitamins for Hair Loss
Poor nutrition is one of the possible causes of hair loss. It’s really important therefore to make sure you are eating the right food to keep you healthy, and taking a good vitamin supplement! The vitamin supplement I started to take was Hairburst Healthy Hair Vitamins. I wrote a full review of Hairburst’s Vitamins in my Post: Best Hair Supplements for Thinning Hair
Hairburst is an excellent company for producing hair growth products. They have a hair growth shampoo and conditioner for women which reduces hair loss and strengthens existing hair growth. I have used both the vitamins and shampoo and conditioner treatment for the past 3 months and for me this combination is the only one that seemed to make a difference to my hair loss.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Hair Loss
There are many different Ayurvedic treatments for hair loss, some of which you can read about here. My favourite and the one that gave me the best results is an Ayurvedic hair oil called Himani Navratna. When you massage the oil into your scalp it has a cooling effect on the skin. It improves blood circulation and stimulates hair growth. I wrote a full review of this product in my post: The Best Herbal Hair Oil From India for Growth and Thickness
This product not only leaves you with thicker hair but also has aromatherapy benefits which produce a sense of calm. Since hair loss may be a side effect of stress or emotional shock this extra psychological benefit makes this product extra special.
Silk Pillowcase for Hair Loss
There is no evidence to suggest that sleeping on a silk pillowcase will stop your hair falling out however the smooth surface means there’s less friction on your hair. Since your hair glides over the material easier than with cotton it may reduce breakage. Silk also helps your hair to retain its natural moisture, reduces hair frizz and makes hair more manageable. Since silk is more gentle on the scalp than cotton it may reduce the rate at which your hair falls out even if it doesn’t stop it falling out completely.
Minoxidil for Thinning Hair
Minoxidil is the only clinically proven treatment for hair loss. You apply it directly to the scalp in the form or a spray or foam and it has been proven to increase hair growth in both men and women. Minoxidil is also approved by the FDA for female hair loss. It can slow or stop it in most women and may even help hair grow back. I tried it and it seemed to work but the benefits did go away when I stopped using it. If you try any of the products in this post this is the only one that has been proven in clinical trials. The product I used was called Regaine which is sold under the name Rogaine in the United States.
Thinning hair on top of the head is more common in females and is usually hereditary. Regaine / Rogaine is specifically designed for hereditary hair loss.
How to Treat Hair Loss Due to Stress
If your hair has suddenly started falling out in clumps it may be due to stress. The good news is that hair loss related to emotional shock or stress is reversible. I would advise you to create a good self care routine focusing on a healthy diet, exercise and good sleep. Also consider relaxation techniques such as meditation, reading or listening to music. If stress is the cause of your thinning hair, there is an excellent self care bundle you can get which includes 22 eBooks, eCourses, and printables. It will help you to create a self care plan, develop a more positive, resilient mindset and reset your hormones.
Hair Loss Concealers
While you are waiting for your hair to grow back there are options for you to hide or cover the places where the hair has fallen out.
Scrunchie Hair Piece
You can buy scrunchies which look like real human hair. They are very easy to fit, washable and comfortable to use. I bought one to add volume to my hair when it is tied up. They also come in many different colours so it is easy to find one that matches your hair colour.
Hats to Cover Hair Loss
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FAQs on Thinning Hair in Females
Can Dehydration Cause Hair Loss?
Dehydration affects hair growth. It is important to drink lots of water to help your hair regrow and prevent thinning.
Can Detoxing Cause Hair Loss?
If you are on a diet, detoxing or sudden weight loss can cause hair loss. These diets can cause your hair strands to prematurely go into the resting phase and fall out too early. The good news is this hair loss is reversible.
Does Dyeing Your Hair Make it Fall Out?
Hair shedding can increase with hair dying. You hair strands enter a resting phase (telogen phase) for about 3 months before they fall out. The chemicals in hair dye can cause hair that’s in the telogen phase to fall out prematurely.
How do you Stop Hormonal Hair Loss Naturally?
Ginger and Lavender are both excellent for helping to stop hormonal hair loss. Check out the following posts:
Make Your Own Homemade Shampoo with Lavender Essential Oil and How to Use Ginger for Hair Growth
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