How to Stop Hair Thinning in Women

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How to Stop Hair Thinning in Women
Hair thinning is a problem for women of all backgrounds, but following precautions can help. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Hair thinning is a stressful occurrence that happens to many women as well as men. Among the many possible causes are stress, medications, poor diet, chemicals and wearing hairstyles that put excessive tension on the hair. Men often find an easy solution to thinning hair, one of them being the decision to go completely bald. However, that option usually isn't considered a visually appealing solution for women. But women can stop hair thinning, or at least drastically reduce the amount of hair that falls out.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Determine the cause of thinning hair. Is it a hormonal imbalance, medication side effects, treating hair with harsh chemicals, or another reason? Once you've pinpointed the cause, it's easier to address the problem with the appropriate solution.

  2. 2

    Avoid putting excess tension on the hair. Wearing tight ponytails, braids and cornrows and other styles that pull tightly can cause hair loss. If these styles must be worn, reduce the tension on the hair. Also, using the wrong type of comb or brush, excessive heat-styling and not properly detangling can cause excess tension -- ultimately leading to hair thinning and breakage.

  3. 3

    Take vitamins and supplements to improve hair growth and strength. Try a vitamin B complex, for example, to give your body the nutrients it needs for healthy hair growth. Visit a nutrition and vitamin centre or pharmacy and search for supplements made especially for hair. Many beauty supply stores contain special products formulated with vitamin complexes that help stimulate hair growth.

  4. 4

    Talk to your doctor about options such as prescription medications or hair transplant procedures.

Tips and warnings

  • Improperly applying chemical processes such as relaxers, perms and bleach can weaken the hair shaft and cause potential hair loss. Make sure that chemical process are performed precisely as directed by the manufacturer.

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