Thinning Hair: What Women Can Do About It

Losing 100 to 150 strands of hair per day may sound catastrophic, but it’s actually the normal rate. If you’re shedding more than that, however, you may be one of the millions of women who are experiencing hair loss. The result is hard-to-handle thinning hair.

Thinning hair on brushWhen should you start worrying about this particularly virulent strain of flyaway hair? Well, some hair loss is temporary: It may be brought on by stress, poor eating habits or a body trauma such as illness or surgery. Women cycling through normal hormonal changes — those caused by pregnancy, childbirth and menopause, for example — often experience thinning hair as well. In many cases such as these, the condition reverses itself and the hair grows back.

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And face it, when most of us think about permanent hair loss, what comes to mind is the sort of hereditary “male pattern baldness” that causes more than 90 percent of hair loss in guys. Yet this “pate fate” can await women, too: If you experience hair loss after 50, as 60 percent of females do, the trend is often more permanent. That’s when you need to consult your doctor to find a treatment that works for you.

Many women have written to ask me how best to deal with hair that is dull, dry and thin. To glean some professional tactics, I talked to Dr. Doris Day, a dermatologist based in New York City. In the video below, Day clues us in to some remedies that truly work — and gives us a glimpse of the likeliest breakthroughs currently in the making.

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That’s all for now, because this afternoon I’m off to “Boomer-Con” — writer Michele Parente’s nickname for the AARP expo in San Diego this weekend. But in a couple of weeks I’ll write a new blog post about how to style thinning hair. In it I’ll pass along some tips from one of the nation’s top hair stylists — all just one more reason to subscribe to my “Best of Everything” playlist on YouTube!


Until next time, remember that we can’t control getting older, but we can control how we do it!


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laurie5261 5pts

Thanks for the article, I have been losing hairs every day and I have no proof that they will be growing back. My hair is baby fine and I have a receding hair line (that looks like my dad's did :( I have tried over the counter hair color and perms which helped a little. I will look into some of the vitamins on the market like biotin. I will watch what I eat and make sure I get enough protein every day. Hope these things help me from going bald in the future :)

atlott 5pts

I had radiation about 2 years ago,and my hair is thinning on the same side that I had breast cancer on , The other side did not thin out as much,is there a reason for that ?

ka9447 5pts

Applying hair extensions is a best alternative solution for hair loss .If hair loss is more severs then apply hair wigs and some recommended hair products that can help to improve your hair growth .Get some quality hair extensions at

2Papa 5pts

It is just a part of life, so deal with it and accept the tact that you are old.  It's the same as getting wrinkles.  So what?

mscottcgp 5pts

no it isn't; it's more socially acceptable for a man to be bald than a woman