There are many possible reasons why hair is thinning. All kinds of things, from what we eat to how we style our hair, can affect the strength and health of the hair fibers. But there's good news: you can boost natural hair volume if you need help with thinning hair!

What are the symptoms of hair loss in women?

Thin hair in women looks different than hair loss in men. While men often tend to lose hair in a horseshoe shape at the hairline, women suffer from it all over the head.

If you suffer from thin hair, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Your ponytail is less full or smaller than before
  • Your separation seems wider than before
  • More hair is left behind in your comb or brush
  • More hair on your pillow after sleeping
  • More hair in the shower drain

If you notice any of these symptoms, don't panic! I have some suggestions for treating thinning hair and special styling techniques that make hair look fuller (more on this later).

What causes thinning hair in women?

Thinning hair in women can have many different causes. Some of the most common causes of thin hair include:


Genes are perhaps the biggest cause of thin hair in women. This type of thinning hair is called Androgenetic alopecia, or female pattern hair loss (FPHL). If one or both of your parents have extremely thin hair, you are more likely to have very thin hair as well. But don't despair! Certain treatments that can help with thin hair, such as rosemary oil, can probably help you.

Eating pattern

Nutritional deficiencies can also be a cause of thinning hair in women. The body needs a certain amount of vitamins and minerals to carry out all the necessary processes. When you don't consume the right amount of nutrients, your body redirects the nutrients you consume towards your vital organs, and therefore away from your hair follicles. Over time, this process can cause extremely thin hair.

Over-processing or styling the hair

If you often wear your hair in braids, you may suffer from a type of hair loss called traction alopecia. Heat styling (for example with a curling iron) and chemical processes can damage your hair and cause it to break, which can result in extremely thin hair.


Stressful events (such as a broken relationship, job loss or surgery) can lead to a type of hair loss. This type of female hair loss is notable because it occurs about three months after the stressful events.

Long-term, chronic stress is also linked to hair loss. If you suffer from chronic stress, look for natural stress-relieving activities such as exercising, meditation.


Pregnancy can cause a special type of hair loss called postpartum hair loss. Women often lose less hair during pregnancy. After giving birth, all that hair falls out at once, often in clumps. This type of thinning hair in women can be traumatic, but fortunately it often grows back on its own after a few months.


Most women experience some female hair loss during menopause. According to the NHS, around half of women over 65 experience hair loss.

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Misty Jhones