Thinning Hair – What Causes Thin Hair and What Can You Do?

Healthy beautiful hair is an attractive feature for both men and women. What can you do if you suddenly notice you have thinning hair? Should you be concerned? What medical and environmental or lifestyle triggers can cause hair to become thin or to suddenly fall out? Is there a natural approach to prevent this from happening and/or to restore hair to a healthy and strong condition? Find out more in this article.

Causes of Hair Loss or Thinning Hair

Everyone wants to have thick, healthy, naturally shiny hair.  Some of us are not so lucky. Sometimes the thickness of our hair changes gradually as we age, or suddenly for no apparent reason.

There are several reasons why hair might become less thick and/or fall out. If you feel there has been a significant change in your hair, it’s best to consult with a trusted doctor or health practitioner to determine if there an underlying medical condition.

Medical Conditions

Some medical conditions that might lead to hair loss or thinning might be:

  • pregnancy
  • autoimmune disease
  • ringworm or other skin disorder
  • scalp inflammation
  • family history/genetic
  • thyroid problemstressed woman
  • stress
  • scalp infections
  • trichotillomania (hair pulling disorder)
  • scarring skin disorders, such as sarcoidosis, lupus, lichen planus
  • aging
  • hormonal changes/menopause
  • high fever
  • depression
  • diabetes
  • anemia, iron deficiency
  • polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • severe calorie deficient diet, or low-protein diet

Treatments and Lifestyle Changes

Sometimes treatments, lifestyles or environmental conditions can lead to hair thinning or loss such as:

  • arthritis medications
  • radiation treatment to the head
  • NSAIDs
  • antidepressant medications
  • hair damage (coloring, blow drying, trauma or breakage, burning with hot curling iron)
  • birth control pills
  • anabolic steroids (to bulk up muscle)
  • dramatic weightloss
  • medications for cancer
  • high blood pressure, beta adrenergic blockers

Natural Approaches to Thinning Hair or Hair Loss

Several natural treatments or life-style changes may be effective in treating thinning hair or hair loss. They include:

  • Massage natural oils, foods, or lotions, into the scalp to add luster and strengthen the hair.Some individual treatments (not mixed together) include:
    1. egg oil
    2. rangoli henna
    3.  mayonnaise
    4.  avocado
    5.  onion
    6.  ginger
    7.  aloe vera juice with neem powder
    8.  fenugreek
    9. mustard oil
    10. jojoba oil
    11. almond oil
    12. chamomile

    13. lavender
    14. rosemary
    15. thyme
    16. geranium
    17. cedarwood
    18. coconut oil
    19. Indian gooseberry oil
  • Adding more protein to the diet (salmon, lean meat, soy, tofu, dairy, legumes, beans, etc.)
  • Reducing stress with meditation, massage, yogaexercise, etc.
  • Taking supplements (vitamin B, A, E, Omega 3 fatty acids), NOTE: Too much Vitamin A can cause hair loss
  • Avoiding strong hair products or treatments (air dry and avoid hair driers or rough towels, avoid wigs, weaves, or hair pieces, use  natural shampoos without artificial products, avoid perms or hair coloring, etc.)
  • Eating iron-rich foods (beef, pork, fish, leafy greens, fortified cereals, and beans) with Vitamin C



Jean E. DartJean Dart, M.S. Special Education from Illinois State University, is a published author and has written hundreds of health articles as well as hosting a local television program, “Making Miracles Happen.” She is a Registered Music Therapist, Sound Therapist, and Master Level Energetic Teacher, and is the Executive Director, founder, and Health and Wellness Educator of the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance, a 501(c)3 health education nonprofit organization. All photos used in this article are by unless otherwise noted. To find out more about our Health Educators, or to apply as a Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance writer or volunteer, visit our website at

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