When someone hears the term “thin hair” or “thinning hair” they often think it is the same thing, when actually, they are different. While both may appear to be the same, thin hair refers to the thickness of each individual strand of hair. Some people are born with hair that is thin. It can appear to look stringy or flat. Thinning hair is what happens in the beginning stages of hair loss. The thickness of the hair strands decrease, becoming more, and more, fine until eventually the hair follicle disappears. The end result is a bald patch.

Thinning hair can happen for several reasons and many of them are the result of nature just taking its course. With the most common reason being genetics. Aging women will often experience thinning hair as they get into their golden years. For some, it can happen at an earlier point in their life. There can be hormonal changes that can be responsible for thinning hair. As an example, menopause or post-pregnancy can often cause thinning hair. During menopause, estrogen levels begin to decrease, and when this happens it can leave hair in a vulnerable state. There is nothing that can shift hormone levels more than having a baby. During post-pregnancy, there are a number of women that experience thinning hair, even hair loss which is normal and typical. Usually in a few months, the hormone levels even out and their hair begins to go back to its natural state.

Our diet can play a big role in causing our hair to fall out as well. Taking too much vitamin A can mess with the hair growth cycle. Anyone that takes excessive amounts of supplements and notices thinning hair or hair loss should immediately cut back on their vitamin A intake. If you don’t get enough protein, that too can affect your hair growth. Some vegans and vegetarians experience thinning hair simply because they don’t receive the proper supplements of protein sources.

There are times when your body may not function at optimal health or at full potential.  Thinning hair can be a side effect from that. Emotional stress, rapid weight loss, or even an illness can cause a trauma to your system that can affect your hair growth cycle. There are also some autoimmune disorders like alopecia areata that are irreversible and can only be treated with hair replacement systems. A healthy lifestyle is important to maintain if you are suffering from a disorder, and seeking the help from a hair loss specialist is recommended.