What Causes Hair Thinning and Hair Loss?

Thinning hair and hair loss are two of the most common hair concerns faced by everyone. Now you must be thinking, aren’t they related? Yes, they are but both have completely different problems.

Thinning hair means a decrease in the width of strands of the hair, while hair loss or hair fall means shedding away or breakage of the hair from root or scalp. Hair Thinning becomes more noticeable over time as you may notice lesser hair volume. We all naturally shed between 50 to 100 hairs a day – yes, really! – and you probably notice this most when you brush your hair, or even while in the shower when you wash it. Initially, this may cause you to panic – “my hair is falling out!” – but sometimes the hair loss is totally normal.

Sometimes hair loss goes beyond the 50-100 mark because of external factors or thins over time as we age.
So, if you're wondering what can cause hair thinning to be more prevalent, you've come to the right place to find out more. There are a few different possible causes, for hair loss and hair thinning, which we've broken down below to help you pinpoint the cause. We have also mentioned thinning hair remedies to help you manage thinning hair. So let’s begin.

  1. Symptoms of thinning hair and hair loss in women
  2. Causes of thinning hair and hair loss in women
  3. Tips & tricks to reduce hair thinning and hair fall
  4. Experts's Advice

A] Symptoms of thinning hair and hair loss in women -

When it comes to symptoms, there are a lot of signs that foretell thinning hair and hair loss in women. For example, thinning of hair all over, the centre part of your head getting wider, hair thinning at the crown, itchy and flaky scalp, decreased volume and loss of hair on the scalp are some of the signs that you should be looking out for thinning hair. While gradually thinning hair, bald spots, sudden loosening of hair are some of the symptoms that are generally observed before hair loss in women.

B] Causes of thinning hair and hair loss in women -

Now that we know the symptoms and the signs, it’s time to learn about the different causes of hair fall. There can be multiple underlying reasons that can cause thinning hair and hair loss in women. Let’s have a look at a few of them.

1. Age:

Age is something that catches up to us all no matter what. As you get older, the width of the strand of your hair is reduced. This is one of the causes of thinning hair. Along with this, the amount of hair on your scalp is also reduced due to some follicles stopping to produce hair based on genes. Sometimes genes play an important role in determining the cause of hair loss in women. It’s a hereditary condition and usually happens gradually in predictive patterns such as - hair thinning at the crown for females.

2. Hormones:

Hormones are something that we all have to put up with for the long run. Later in life, we go through ‘the change’ otherwise known as menopause. This is another major reason for hair thinning in women, as the change can cause an increase in hair shedding because of lower levels of female hormones.

Other major body changes, like pregnancy or sudden weight loss, can also trigger thinning hair or loss. During pregnancy, your estrogen levels increase, extending the life cycle of single hairs. But once you’ve given birth, your estrogen level falls again, ending the extended life of individual hair. These then eventually lead to your hair falling out, giving the feeling of extra hair loss, but it’s simply your hair returning to a pre-pregnancy state. This ‘normalization’ phase typically lasts several months, until your hair cycle is back to normal.

3. Stress and Health:

Simply being stressed is not one of the hair fall reasons but long term psychological stress may have an impact on your wellbeing and may lead to hair loss as well. If you are worried and think that stress might be one of the reasons behind hair loss, consult your doctor to see how you can combat this long-term stress.

While long-term stress being one of the reasons for hair loss in women, some underlying conditions, like deficiencies or alopecia might be the reason you are experiencing thinning hair. A trip to your doctor will tell you all you need to know more about such conditions.

4. Hair damage and breakage:

It is very important that you nurture your hair and keep them as strong and healthy as possible. While colouring your hair, or heat styling does not cause thinning hair and hair loss directly, it’s still a major cause behind hair getting damaged easily these days. This happens because, for instance when you colour your hair, the chemical in your hair burns the protective layer of your hair, and if done regularly it leaves your hair strands thinner. Damage from colouring also leaves your hair more prone to breakage.

Anything that damages your hair such as heat styling (curling, straightening, etc.) UV, chlorine, etc. can make your hair more fragile which leads to more breakage. In the worst cases, this becomes the reason for hair loss.

But this is where your hair care routine can save you. For instance, you can make a big difference by using Pantene Open Hair Miracle before heat styling your hair as it creates a protective layer around your hair which prevents your hair from damage and gives you more open hair days!.

C] Tips & Tricks to reduce hair thinning & hair fall –

Sharing a few tips & tricks that can help you reduce hair fall and maintain healthy hair

1. Using the Right Products:

The secret to reducing hair loss is an ensemble of products that will provide deep treatment and make your hair healthy, strong, and shiny! Pantene’s Advanced Hairfall Solution range is just what you need if you are looking for a hair fall remedy.

You can try the Pantene Hairfall Control Shampoo and Conditioner from their Advanced Hairfall Solution range which is infused with Pantene signature Pro-Vitamin B5 formula and Fermented Rice Water to strengthen your hair from within thereby helping you reduce hair fall.

Don’t forget to use the Pantene Hairfall Control conditioner after every hair wash to ensure the extra moisture gets locked in giving you nourished, healthy hair.
We all want every day to be a good hair day but that’s not always the case and hence we need to switch to methods like heat styling. The problem is overuse of heat styling tools ultimately leads to damage and in extreme cases breakage which might be the reason for future hair loss. Therefore, we recommend using Pantene Open hair Miracle which shields your hair from excessive heat damage and provides all-round protection.

2. Eating Healthy:

The habit of eating healthy will keep you and your hair happy in the long run, as the nutrient and vitamins that you eat are transferred to the follicles of your hair as well which keep your hair healthy. So, keep a close look at your diet as well. If you are still experiencing hair thinning issues, then one of the thinning hair remedies could be to use a supplement to tackle the root cause of the problem.

3. Trim Trim!:

Frequently trimming your hair does not make your hair re-grow faster but it does reduce the breakage by cutting the most fragile part of the hair - the ends. Also, a good haircut can adapt itself to thinner hair to make it look fuller, with more volume at the crown. Just ask your hairdresser to create a fuller look with more volume.

D] Expert’s Advice

We covered the treatments but now it’s time for some expert advice and tips. Let’s get cracking!
1. Use Pantene Hairfall Control Shampoo and Conditioner and experience the ancient secret of Fermented Rice Water along with Pro-Vitamin B5 formula that strengthens hair from within.

2. If you don’t want to use your heat styling tools yet want full body hair, apply Pantene Open Hair Miracle which works as a serum to deeply moisturize your hair while making it damp. Then blow-dry your hair upside down. This forces volume right into the inner layers of your hair and achieves a root lift for long-lasting volume and hold.

Taking good care of your hair doesn’t only mean using the right products but also maintaining a good hair care routine that involves using hair fall shampoo and a good conditioner along with maintaining a healthy lifestyle and food habits.

Let’s conquer hair thinning with these easy hair remedies & make them as beautiful as ever!

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