It’s not often talked about, but hair loss in women isn’t so rare. In fact, one in three of us will notice hair thinning or loss from the age of 30, and it can start as early as our twenties, says dermatologist Dr Eleni Yiasemides. “Most people lose 50 to 100 hairs a day, which is considered normal,” she says. “However, people who consistently experience loss or shedding of 150 or more hairs a day may be experiencing significant loss.”
Yiasemides says that female pattern hair loss is either heredity or caused by telogen effluvium, a type of temporary loss that sees ‘resting’ hair shed, commonly due to some sort of shock or sometimes the effects of medication. “It’s a very emotional issue for women, and stress can be the ultimate culprit.”
Early signs can include a build-up of hair in your brush or shower drain, or noticing that you need to twist your hair tie around your ponytail more times than usual. Happily, however, new advancements mean regaining thickness and boosting new growth is entirely possible. Yiasemides recommends consulting a hair specialist if you’re worried, but says an at-home treatment such as Women’s Regaine Foam can work wonders, reactivating hair follicles to stimulate growth.
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