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Getting your mane to (wo)man up

Have you been noticing more hair in your drain after the shower? Many women expect their husbands, boyfriends and brothers to lose hair as they get older, much like their fathers and grandfathers did. But we women are supposed to maintain our lucious locks, right? Maybe not.

Few people are comfortable talking about female hair loss, leaving those of us who are suffering from it with little to no guidance. How unfair! The truth is, female hair loss is fairly common in women, due to some connection with drops in estrogen as we age. About 40 percent of women experience some hair loss by the time they reach menopause. Unlike men, women are unlikely to go completely bald from hair loss, but the thinning that occurs can be disconcerting if you are used to having a full, thick head of hair.

Even if your hair is not falling out, you might notice each strand is getting thinner and weaker than it used to be. This is because the diameter of the hair shaft shrinks as we age, making the strands more prone to breakage and less voluminous.

If you believe the cause behind your hair loss might be medical or genetic, talk to your doctor about possible causes or treatments. In the meantime, there are some things you can do to prevent your hair from falling out and boost the hairs that you still have.

The shampoo you use matters

When your hair is healthy, you can pretty much use any old shampoo and conditioner to clean and nourish the strands. But when your hair is thinning in volume or in number, it’s time to switch to a volumizing shampoo that will promote strength.

If you are losing hair, it doesn’t help to use a shampoo that doesn’t fully cleanse your hair. Some shampoos may block the pores on your scalp, preventing the hair shaft from growing healthily. Look for a shampoo that is formulated for the roots and hair shaft, and a conditioner that will protect weak strands from external damage.

If your mane seems to be getting thinner, make sure your shampoo has rice or wheat protein in it or keratin to strengthen each strand, creating an overall appearance of thickness.

Ditch the heavy products

It might seem like you need maximum hold hairspray to pump up the volume in your tresses, but really, these sticky products can just weigh you down and cause more damage to the hair shaft. When you have too much product in your hair, it can fracture the strand’s shaft when you brush it out, whereas the lighter, more flexible versions won’t.

You can also try a lighter volumizing spray with keratin to give your hair real, lasting volume because of the way it thickens hair. Spraying this on before blow drying will make your voluminous style last much longer.

Discourage the pulling

Wearing super-tight ponytails, messy buns or other styles that put tension on your hair may have posed no problem before, but whether you are experiencing hair loss or thinning strands, it is important to avoid any styles that pull at the roots or the shaft. Not only will such styles pull loose hairs out of your scalp (they were bound to come out anyway) they can damage the hair and make it even weaker and more prone to breakage.

You can’t change your family tree, but you can provide your hair with the support it needs to keep on looking fabulous – come menopause or whatever else!

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.