Unlike male pattern baldness, female hair loss is usually more spread out, or diffused, resulting in thinning hair all over the head instead of in one particular area. You may not notice excessive hair falling out — as some hair loss is simply due to hair growing back at a slower rate or not growing back at all, not necessarily falling out at a rapid pace. Any hair that does fall out you will likely notice in your brush, in the shower and on pillows rather than by looking in the mirror.
If you are experiencing hair loss, consult your hair loss specialist to investigate the cause. It may be due to hormonal changes, medications, thyroid disorder, extreme stress or a number of other reasons. Whatever the cause of your hair loss, follow these hair care tips to keep your hair as healthy and strong as it can be.
Eating a balanced diet can prevent hair loss.
Your diet doesn’t just affect your body — it also influences the health of your hair. Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean meat (or other protein sources such as eggs or tofu) and whole grains. Avoid processed food as much as possible. Pay attention to your vitamins and minerals. B vitamins, folic acid and biotin are all important for healthy hair and skin. Vitamin C also can aid in improving scalp circulation. Zinc can stimulate hair growth because it enhances immune function, while the amino acids L-cysteine and L-methionine can improve the quality and texture of your hair.
On the other hand, large doses of vitamin A (100,000 IU or more daily) over a long period of time can actually cause hair loss. Therefore, don’t overdo it with vitamin A.