Female Pattern Baldness: How To Prevent Hair Loss and Thinning Hair

5 Ways to Tackle Hair Loss and Thinning Hair in Women

When it comes to hair loss, male pattern baldness is bad enough, but when a woman starts losing her hair, it is the most soul-destroying thing that can happen.

An estimated 40% of women will suffer from some stage of thinning hair by the time they reach the age of 40.  A number of factors contribute to female pattern baldness, with the most common being pregnancy and hormone deficiency.

The hair treatment industry is now worth an estimated £1.6 billion, and that figure is set to rise further and double over the next five to six years.  With all the treatments and advice available, the main question is: How can female pattern baldness be prevented?

Here, Green Beans runs through five key ways in which women can prevent hair loss and thinning hair.  Bear in mind, there is no cure for alopecia/pattern baldness, but there are ways in which you can prevent hair fall and maintain a healthy rate of hair growth...

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1. Keep it natural

Ok, so natural shampoos and styling products will not magically cure your thinning strands, but they do offer your hair better protection and goodness compared to the harsh chemicals you will find in many mainstream hair products.  Where possible, opt for natural and organic products that are kinder to your locks - because avoiding harsher products will give your hair the best possible chance to thrive.

2. Vitamins

Multi-vitamin hair supplements should be implemented into your daily intake, especially if you are not getting the right nutrients for your hair in your normal eating diet.  Key ingredients such as Biotin and Folic Acid are excellent for your hair, therefore be sure to invest in a good supplement that offers your hair all the right nutrients that can help prevent hair fall and maintain healthy hair growth.

3. Chill out

It's easier said than done, but stressing less can do the world of good for your hair.  It's no myth that stress can cause hair to become thinned, therefore living a healthier, more active lifestyle will lower your anxiety levels and benefit your hair immensely.  The happier and healthier you are, the happier and healthier your locks will be.

4. Wash your hair less

Frequently washing your hair can seriously weaken and damage your strands, therefore we would recommend that you only wash your hair 3-4 times a week.  Give your hair time to breathe by washing it every other day, and try to lay off the conditioner, as they can cause more damage than good in the long term.  2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner is usually a good option to take.

5. Saw Palmetto

The potent North American plant, saw palmetto, is commonly used as a treatment for hair loss in men and women.  In tests, saw palmetto has shown to be an effective DHT blocking property, thus preventing hair fall.  It should be noted that saw palmetto should not be taken in daily dosages exceding 500mg, and not to be taken during pregnancy and breastfeeding. The most common form of saw palmetto is supplement, but you can also purchase this in liquid form.

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