Female Hair Loss 101 – Everything You Need To Know

Although hair loss is often considered primarily a concern for men, hair loss in women is more common than many of us believe. In fact, women make up 40% of hair loss sufferers in the United States.

In most cultures, long, flowing hair is traditionally been associated with femininity. Because of this, losing hair can be especially emotionally devastating for females. Even worse, we often suffer in silence because of shame and lack of knowledge about treatment choices.

As with all conditions, however, being well-informed is key. Did you know that there are multiple causes of female hair loss? Keep reading to learn about some of them, as well as tips on how to stop hair loss in women.

1. Stress

Most of us know that stress is terrible for the body. Not all of us know, however, that extreme stress is actually one of the most common female hair loss types. Both physical and emotional stress can lead to this symptom.

Hair has a programmed life cycle of growth, rest, and shedding. Any sort of trauma can shock this cycle and push it into the shedding phrase. Hair loss may not appear for up to six months after the trauma.

Emotionally traumatic events, like a divorce of death of loved one, affect the body similarly. In these cases, however, the emotional event often exacerbates a problem that is already dormant. The good news about this type of hair loss in women will usually stop once the trauma is over. The bad news is that trauma is rarely “over” and can require years of emotional unwinding through therapy, meditation, and other self-care practices.

Read more about stress and hair loss on this blog here.

Consider a hair loss treatment with nutritional resources as well as ingredients targeted at stress in women. As one example, I have had great luck taking Nutrafol.

2. Medication Side Effects

Even though we take medicine to solve problems, some medicines may actually cause different ones. This is all too common with the side effect of hair loss.

Drugs used for depression, heart problems, and high blood pressure may all lead to hair loss. Take the time to read through the symptoms of your specific medications, and if hair loss is listed as a symptom, consider speaking with your physician about alternative treatments.

Excessive Vitamin A is actually a known cause of female hair loss. Despite the benefits of the vitamin, overdoing your intake can lead to baldness. Fortunately, this is reversible. Once the excess Vitamin A is halted, hair should return to normal.

Chemotherapy is commonly known to cause hair loss, and many readers of this blog who have experienced chemotherapy-related hair loss find recovery in my protocol for hair growth.

Another common medication that causes hair loss is medication to treat thyroid disorders. You can read more about my experience with that here.

3. Contraceptives

One of the most common female hair loss types stems from a medication many of us take on a daily basis – birth control.

The pill suppresses ovulation by affecting the body’s supply of estrogen and progestin. For women that are hypersensitive to hormonal changes, this can lead to hair loss while on the pill. More commonly, the woman will experience hair loss several weeks or months after she stops taking the pill.

For the most part, oral contraceptives are safe for women. Low androgen index pills are the best. However, if you have a family history of hair loss, you should think about using another non-hormonal birth control option, such as a diaphragm, or meticulous tracking of your ovulation cycle.

4. DHT Excess

For many years, scientists believed that testosterone was the cause of baldness. New research shows, however, that the real culprit is DHT, a derivative of the hormone testosterone. To put it simply, DHT seeks to kill hair follicles by binding to receptors in the scalp. This, in turn, causes baldness.

Excessive DHT affects both men and women. While it’s true that DHT shows up in larger quantities in men, even a small amount can cause a problem. Hormones work best when in balance, so if female hormones are outnumbered by excessive DHT hormones, hair loss can occur.

Before blaming DHT for your falling strands, make sure to rule out other causes of female hair loss, as explored in this list.

Luckily, there are many effective DHT blocking shampoos and serums to choose from. Read more about a great DHT blocking shampoo here, and an awesome DHT blocking serum here.

Known potent DTH blockers include Saw Palmetto, Rosemary, and amazingly, caffeine. Many shampoos and serums are now engineered to include caffeine.

5. Hormonal Shifts

As mentioned in regards to birth control, changes in hormones can wreak havoc on your hair. One of the biggest hormonal changes for women is the cycle of pregnancy, childbirth, and recovery from childbirth. As hormones shift during the pregnancy, many women actually experience thicker hair than normal. Postpartum, however, much of that hair starts to fall out- this is one of the most common hair loss causes for women.

Hair can revert normal in a few months after the body has had a chance to bring hormone levels back to normal. It’s no guarantee, however, and hair loss treatments recommended here can help the body normalize and combat hair loss.

6. Genetics

Unfortunately, if you come from a family where women begin to lose their hair at a certain age, the same thing may happen to you. The condition is called androgenic alopecia, the female version of male pattern baldness. Female hair loss is less likely to present as a receding hairline and more likely to appear as a widening part and overall thinning of hair.

Androgenic alopecia can be treated with low level laser therapy. The cause is not excessive DHT, so DHT blockers are not the proper treatment.

7. Lack of Protein and Iron

How to stop hair loss in women? Commit to eating a diet designed to keep hair strong and healthy.

One of the most common dietary deficiencies for women is protein. If your diet doesn’t include enough protein, the body begins rationing it, shutting down hair growth. This also happens when the body is lacking in iron, which is true for 1 in 10 women between the ages of 20 and 49.

To combat this, make sure to prioritize protein. Meat, fish, and eggs are all great sources. If you’re anemic, or iron-deficient, a diet rich in meats and leafy greens will help. Alternatively, you can invest in a simple iron supplement.

8. Hairstyles & Hair Styling techniques

If you consistently pull your hair tight into the same hairstyle, this could be the cause of your hair loss. Known as traction alopecia, this occurs when the same hair follicles are constantly stressed.

Pigtails and cornrows are known stressors and causes of traction alopecia. If you continue to style your hair in same way, scalp scarring could occur and hair loss could be permanent.

The solution is simple – switch up your hairstyle. Try to let hair grow naturally as it recovers.

Avoid hot oil treatments, perms, and blow-outs as well, as they can lead to inflammation of the hair follicle. If you MUST blow dry, get a high quality blow dryer with a diffuser, which takes some of the stress and impact off of the follicles.

So, What’s the Treatment?

With so many causes for hair loss in women, it’s hard to pinpoint just one treatment technique that will work for all.

But, there’s only one path that leads to healthy, long-lasting results:


There are dozens of hair loss treatments on the market, ranging from prescription (Propecia) to over-the-counter (Rogaine and Nizoral).

And what do they all have in common?


The unnatural approach of the above-mentioned products may provide you with short-term results, but they won’t treat the real problem.

This is why I recommend you use only natural products – those without chemicals or preservatives. They can treat the underlying cause of hair loss, while also giving you the visible results you want.

Are you ready to begin?

Check out Grogenix line of hair loss treatment products, including Caffeine Shampoo and Scalp Elixir.

The preservative-free products will provide results without the irritation common with chemical-laden ones.

WHEW! That was a long rundown of female hair loss causes. As you can see, there are many contributing factors. Rarely does hair loss occur with just one of these in isolation.

If your hair has just started to fallout, there is hope. Take steps to treat and reinvigorate your follicles, be patient, and be persistent!

*This article was reviewed by Dr. Anil Simhadri.

95 thoughts on “Female Hair Loss 101 – Everything You Need To Know”

  1. Wow, this is a great article, but scary at the same time. I was aware that stress, genetics, hairstyles and medication side effects could cause you to lose your hair but now I have to worry about other things. I will have to make sure I keep my iron and protein in check. I really love your site not only do you give us great reviews on products useful for our situations but you provide us information to help us understand why we may be having these problems. Thank you so much!

  2. Blown away. This post was written for ME because my life is so incredibly stressful that it is no surprise that I am experiencing hair loss. In addition to my financial stress, my dad passed away about a year ago, and I am still recovering from that. Plus, to add insult to injury, I take levothyroxine for my thyroid issues, and my doc doesn’t think that the naturally desicated hormone is the right thing to take, so she took me off. I tried Biotin, but that didn’t help and I noticed that my fingernails are splitting and very thin. Not sure what the answer is at this point, but your post makes me see that I am not alone, and that perhaps there are some solutions I have not otherwise considered. Thanks…!

  3. Thanks for the great feedback, Melissa! I definitely didn’t mean to inspire anxiety about all the risks for hair loss!!! BUt yeah, sadly, a lot goes into the picture. Knowledge is power!

  4. I had no idea that stress literally causes hair loss. Not sure how that was linked in a way, but man our bodies can be so weird at times. This was some great insight. Thank you.

  5. I had no idea that hair loss may not appear for up to six months after a trauma… This comes as a surprise but sure helps understand a lot.
    Also, I appreciate the information on how important it is to keep protein and iron levels. I’m going to tell my daughters to pay special attention to their diets and the intake of meat, fish, and eggs.

  6. oof it doesn’t seem like the most satisfying way to lose hair, especially through stress. Which I imagine would cause some women more stress because their hairs falling out!

    I imagine some products would also cause some damage, would there be any particular hair products to watch out for?

  7. Hi Penelope, this is excellent information to get out there. I think lots of women don’t really want to admit to themselves that their hair is changing as they age. This site provides wonderful information to demystify all of this, and hopefully give women some confidence to learn more and take some action. I was unaware that iron and protein had an impact on hair loss, so that’s something I’m going to check. It’s great to know there are ways that hair loss can be managed and reduced with the right knowledge and persistence. Thanks for your site.

  8. Right when I can pinpoint my hair loss, it makes me wonder if it could be a combination of factors. I know my prescription is the largest culprit, but looks like it could be excess DHT, hormones, and even a lack of iron. Your articles are always such a great resource for me. Thanks to your website, I am seeing all kinds of new hairs coming in! Yay!

  9. Thanks for sharing your comments and perspective, AJ! It just sucks how far reaching the stress can be!!

  10. Thank you for reading and sharing your feedback! It’s kinda crazy how trauma can have lingering effects on our bodies and minds!!

  11. Thanks for the great feedback! I’m right there with you, I think a lot of women are not on alert over the possibility of hair loss, let alone steps they can take to keep it at bay. I’m glad you got something from the post!

  12. I am SO happy to hear that you’re seeing results from the protocol! Thanks for the feedback, and keep checking back with updates!!

  13. This is a superb and informative post every woman should read. I agree with the reasons of hair fall you have mentioned. a couple of my friends using contraceptive pills experience a lot of hair fall. I really like all the information you have shared, when we talk about hair fall and remedies and treatments, the first name came into my mind is Penelope. I am a regular reader of your articles.

  14. Hi Penelope,
    That is one helpful article.
    I recently started to lose hair and was wondering why. Now I am thinking of it and I believe a couple of factors might be the cause.
    Recently I was going through a lot of stress, so this might be the big one. Not sure how I can mitigate it, but I will have to for my well-being.
    Another one is dieting. I recently switched diets and I think my body must be adjusting still. I will try to add more supplements and see if it helps.
    I have never known that contraceptives might play a big role in hair loss. On the other hand, most of them change women hormonal balance (almost like in menopause), then it does make sense.
    Thank you again for a very valuable post.

  15. Thanks for the comment, Mary! I agree, contraception makes our lives so complicated. Why can’t they just invent the male birth control pill, huh??!

  16. Have you found a doctor to prescribe Armour? The Synthroid has made my already thinning hair very brittle but only naturopaths (that don’t take insurance) are the ones open to prescribing it.

  17. It’s scary realizing that there is multiple reasons why i might be losing hair πŸ™ where to even start?
    Well one thing for sure is that thanks to your tips and a few products i tried I have seen a lot of improvement, thank you Penelope!
    Is it true that high ponytail can cause major hair loss? A friend of mine that loved styling her hair up told me she noticed increased hair loss, even some bald spots…

  18. Hi Sarah – an endocrinologist told me to not take Armour because there is simply no way to regulate how much hormone is in each individual dessicated pig gland. So the dosing is wildly inconsistent. I’ve stuck with synthroid and levo since hearing this advice. You’re right, only naturopaths will prescribe it…

  19. Hi Anne! If the high ponytail is tight, it can put a lot of stress on the “weight bearing” follicles, and yes, lead to hair loss. I try to keep my buns and ponytails loose and at the nape of my neck, or loosly clipped on the lower part of my scalp. Otherwise, it’s just too risky to undo all my growth progress….

  20. Ahh so we’re in the same boat. Thanks for getting back to me. I hate that it’s changed my hair πŸ™ Have you notice any change in your appetite since you started taking it?

  21. The role of contraceptives in hair loss cannot be over-emphasized. I wasn’t even remotely aware of it until recently. The do a number of our hormones for sure. I see you also mention hormonal shifts as a cause. They probably go hand in hand to give a double dose of possible hair loss.
    This is essential info for all contraceptive users because our bodies react differently to the exact same drugs. Best thing to do is to know and understand one’s body. That way you can catch any change in time, and nip it in the bud before it becomes a monster.

  22. Thanks for the feedback, Yemi! It’s crazy how disruptive our hormonal shifts and hormonal medications can be…and our heads pay the price!!

  23. I will definitely be sharing this on facebook because so many people will benefit from reading this excellent information.
    I was aware that stress could affect hair loss but i had no idea about contraception or hairstyles!
    The other day I had my hair in a ponytail all day and when i took it out i could feel that my scalp was hurting so this makes so much sense,
    I def need to switch it up now and again with my hair styles and i will thanks to this post πŸ™‚
    Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  24. Hi Colleen! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and I agree with you, it’s kinda crazy just how many things cause hair loss. I’m sorry to hear of the discomfort but kinda glad to get the proof of the tight ponytail causing damage! πŸ™‚

  25. Excellent information on reasons for hair loss. The dreaded stress has gotten to my hair numerous times. It’s great to know that your site offers so many remedies for thinning hair. So many things can wreak havoc on our hair and bodies…

  26. Thanks for reading and sharing your feedback, Tammy! I know, stress is a monster that wreaks so much damage in our lives…we all need to be sleeping on lavender pillows and getting daily massages!!

  27. Hi Penny,

    Great post. So many men suffer hair loss that we forget that women do to. This post is a great reminder. I do know of a couple of women with this issue. I will share this post with them.

    Stress no doubt is a major cause and medications are big causes. So many people take medications and most people can’t see the damage they are doing.

    Thanks for a great post and reminder,

    Cheers, Kev

  28. Penelope,

    Is there a way to reach you directly. I heard that Propidren by HairGenics is a great hair influencer, but also are you familiar with Biotin by Sports Research made with coconut oil and Hair Influence. I am trying to decide which is best.

  29. Great information and the products look good. Is microneedling NOT recommended for woman. I have Tellogen Effluvium and also use a laser helmet. Would the microneedling be beneficial or too much?
    Many thanks!

  30. Great product reviews with details about each individual product. I agree that good hair is an inside job combined with some daily maintenance.

  31. Hi Penelope,
    Oh wow, that looks like a really great hair care treatment. I naturally have enough hair. but after giving a birth and over a year of breastfeeding I noticed that my hair are not as thick as they were before. I cannot complain about the amount though. I support a healthy lifestyle and drink supplements as well, but as you said I might need an extra external boost for my hair to recover. I will definitely try a couple of your recommendations.
    A little question. Do you massage vitamin D3 dissolved in coconut oil in the scalp? How often?

  32. Thank you for sharing your experience with post partum hair changes! And the vitamin D3 in coconut oil is a supplement that I take by mouth every day, I don’t massage it directly on my scalp. great question, thanks!

  33. Oh Wow, this is a great post. I really love your protocol and agree with every point you have mentioned. You have a great knowledge about hair health and treatments. I really appreciate your work and knowledge. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with all of us.

  34. Hi Penelope,

    this is a very nicely compiled article and honest review of the optional products for hair loss
    you mentioned 18 months as a time period when one should first begin the process of trying to reverse the loss of hair
    well judging by that I’m probably a loss cause by now, nevertheless it may be worth my while giving the natrafol a try

    as a matter of interest what do you think of the application of coconut oil on the affected scalp area as a remedy?


  35. I’m thrilled that I came across your post in my search for hair growth treatments. I am on Levothyroxine as well, and between my hypothyroidism and my high levels of stress, it hasn’t been good for my hair and nails. I’ve tried Argon Oil, and also have tried taking Biotin supplements every day, but nothing seems to help. My fingernails are thin and splitting to the extent that I cannot wear nail polish. I have to go for a blood test this week. I am definitely going to try the Grow New Hair shampoo and conditioner, and have put them in my Amazon cart..! I’ve also tried Rosemary Oil but can’t really put stuff on my scalp but once a week when I wash my hair — or maybe twice a week — but my hair is dry so I can’t really wash it more than that. Anyway, your post is great and thanks for sharing such valuable info.

  36. Wow, this is some great info! I went through treatment for Breast Cancer and of lost my hair. Luckily it has started to come back, but a year later and it still seems like its taking forever to return to its original length. I would be curious to give your recommendations a try, but I do have some concerns. My cancer was estrogen positive, so I need to avoid anything that could potentially mimic estrogen in the body. Are they all safe, or is it best to have a Naturopath review the ingredients before trying something new?

  37. Penelope this is great! A protocol for every budget and that’s inclusive of men and women battling hair loss. I always enjoy your writing and will be sharing this with my friends who may benefit from the information and products you share.

    Have you looked into the iodine protocol for thyroid problems? It may be worth a ganders.

    Much love!

  38. Hi Amy! So it sounds like we’re in a kind of a similar situation here with the hair loss. I really did need to try all of the things I described at the same time before seeing improvement. It still seems a little crazy to me that I have to do that, but I was NOT breastfed as a child and my childhood was also punctuated with antibiotics for ever little sniffle and cold. Because of this, my theory is that my body is just super inflamed and my immune system isn’t great: when those are the conditions, it makes sense that inessential functions like hair and nail health would go down the toilet when serious stress hits. And that I would really NEED an arsenal of crap to notice a difference.

    Can I ask if you live in an area with low humidity? And have you ever tried a hair mask for deep conditioning? Sometimes that can help bring it back to life. I would also suggest you start supplementing heavily with both marine and bovine collagen, and include more omega 3 & 6 fats in your diet which can help with skin and hair moisture levels.

  39. Hi Lace! I have not looked into the iodine protocol for thyroid issues, but I’ll check it out for sure. thank you for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

  40. This is great. I always love reading your reviews and I love the way you put this together. There is nothing more reassuring than when someone shares their experiences with you so I thank you for sharing yours. I like how you broke down each protocol, right now I am in the ramen protocol, lol. Thanks!

  41. I’ve been looking for hair growth solutions and I think biotin might be the best option for me, can’t wait to try it. Thanks!

  42. Hi Shan! Thank you for reading my post, please feel to reach out if you have any other hair loss questions!

  43. Hi Melissa! Thanks for sharing your experience and I’m glad you enjoyed reading the post! I will be launching my forum in the near future, and you can go there and compare notes with all the other ladies on the Ramen living protocol! Keep coming back πŸ™‚

  44. Wow this is such a comprehensive review of the various products! Thank you for giving us all these options, with consideration to which protocol our pockets can handle. I’ve been dealing with hair loss since my last childbirth. Your article came so timely, I will look into the various options.

  45. Great Article Penelope. Very informative wish you had something in there for men’s beard haha. thank you for sharing.

  46. Thank you for sharing your experience with post-partum hairloss, Joo! Let me know if you have any questions and always feel free to PM me!

  47. Hi Steven! Yeah, facial hair is a totally different speciality altogether πŸ™‚ Pretty sure most of my lady readers are interesting in GETTING RID of it vs. cultivating the face garden πŸ™‚

  48. Hi there,

    Great article. So there is still a chance for me to get my hair to grow back? that’s awesome. Quick question, how long after using the treatments, expect to see results ?

    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with all of us

  49. Wow! Who knew there were all these great products that we could use to take of our hair!?? I’m so glad I came across your site. I’m very interested in health, nutrition and fixing my health through natural means. This post has absolutely opened my eyes to ways I can help my hair through nutritional means!

    Thanks for turning me onto the inside/outside approach!

    Do you have any recommendations for natural thinning hair is aging people? I’m 56 and my hair is just starting to thin a little. I’m guessing all the approaches you mentioned will work the same for me.



  50. Hi! Hair growth is a slow and agonizing process, unfortunately. It can take 2-3 months to see significant results from ANY hair loss treatment. And anyone who says otherwise is either super lucky or a super liar. But yes, you can totally regrow your hair. It is possible.

  51. Hi Steve! Yes, definitely check out all of the suggestions in my “Penelope’s Hair Club for Men” protocol. If your hair is just starting to thin you are at the exact right time to start treating it and bringing it back to fullness. Your follicles are still alive, just dormant. Come back and let us know if you try this out, and what that looks like for you!

  52. Hi Penelope, I have bookmarked your site and I’m going to be exploring your other pages also. This has been on my mind for a while and I haven’t done anything about it. My hair is really thin now and breaking and I’m not sure why. I recently bought some vitamins called “Hair, Skin and Nails” and I’m yet to start taking them (denial?). Also, I have a very sensitive scalp, I see that Rosemary Essential Oil is listed as being OK for sensitive scalp, so I’ll give that a try. It might even help me sleep better πŸ™‚ Thanks Penelope this page has been really interesting to me, and I thank you for sharing.

  53. Wow that is some amazing progress…congratulations! I just found a big jar of collagen at Costco, but have not cracked it open yet. I know how good it is for joint care, so why not hair care? Awesome idea, and thank you for that.
    I noticed in your review of Nutrafol that it contains some really awesome ingredients, including ashwagandha which I recognized as a supplement that my naturopath doctor prescribed for lowering cortisol.
    How did you stop coloring your hair? I notice that your hair is quite long and I want to do the same but I am stumped as to how to do it so that I don’t look too strange (I have a lot of grey).

  54. How did I stop coloring my hair? radical acceptance!!!!!! And it’s not easy, but I also don’t want to cut it off super short. I’m just growing and waiting and growing and waiting.

    Definitely take that Costco Collagen! Thanks for your feedback πŸ™‚

  55. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Melissa! Definitely talk yourself into starting treatment soon – even just the vitamins you have and the Rosemary scalp massages at night are a great start. Come back with questions any time πŸ™‚

  56. I like the attention to detail. Giving the options to those in different income levels was a generous touch. Your article reads like a message from a friend. I like that.
    I will be sending this link to my wife. She is dealing with increasing hair loss on top. She is constantly coloring and bleaching, so I hope she reads this.
    My goodness you have really done serious research. Well done. I will be looking at more of your articles for my own thining hair. The last three years has been very stressful and I lost a good deal of hair during it. It would be nice to get that thickness back.
    Have you heard good reports from men about Nutrafol for men?

  57. Hi Paul! Nutrafol was developed by a male model who wanted an alternative to Propecia, which has horrible sexual side effects. It definitely has a following among men, and I would recommend that you give it two or three months to see if you notice a difference! I’m glad that you enjoyed the post and will share it with your wife πŸ™‚

  58. Hi Penelope, thanks for your page. I have bookmarked and will visit your other pages too to. Ever since I gave birth my hair has been significantly thinner, mostly due to breakage I think. I have a really sensitive scalp so I might try the Rosemary Essential Oil. It’s great that you break down your recommendations into different groups, that’s really helpful (as us sensitive scalp people are often forgotten!). Thanks for this page – this is a great resource for me and for so many others like me whose hair has changed over time.

  59. Stronger more lushes hair, sign me up! sounds like a great product and worth a try especially when helping to look after my looks haha.

    Thanks for the great post Penelope:)

  60. Oh what great information on exactly what you use. I do have a question. How long did it take for you to see a noticeable difference, I mean when you started to notice the hair getting thicker again? Here is my protocol, I just want to know your thoughts on if I should add anything. Collagen peptides daily, hairfluence, Organix DHT blocking shampoo and conditioner, cayenne pepper a couple days a week, Rosemary oil with Coconut oil massage nightly. Anything else I need?

  61. Thank you for sharing your experience and I’m sorry to hear you’ve experienced more breakage after hte birth of your child! I’m glad you enjoyed the site- feel free to subscribe on the bottom right and you’ll get notices when I publish a new post!

  62. Thanks for the great question, and sharing your hair growth plan.

    For me, it took about two months to notice new growth in my sparse areas. I think you have a great plan there- the challenge is to keep it all going at the same time, and wait a few months to see what happens! Definitely come back and let us know about your progress!!

  63. That was good post about describing to keep the health of hair, in terms of hair loss prevention or regaining growth of hair. And a good shampoo or dietary supplements can be good for anyone, who want to get solution regarding hair loss.
    And I believe as well that, this can be backed by good diet and supplements to support hair growth)

  64. Hello Penelope,
    I know your daily routine is quite expensive but to be honest is worth.As a woman is very difficult to lose your hair and your self-confidence is destroyed, You can’t get used to this and I think each one of us would pay the price to have again a long, strong healthy beautiful hair.
    I think your article is very helpful and I am sure will help a lot of ladies, in any situation, even if they are at menopause, or had a chemo, or stress…
    Talking about stress I think most of the problems, also hair loss are due to a lot of stress. Do you agree?
    I think our way of life is responsible for all these issues,
    Thanks a lot for sharing. I will surely be back, have a good day

  65. I completely agree with your inside/outside approach, although hair is on the outside of the body, there is a lot more that goes on inside the body that can affect it’s strength and growth.
    This protocol guide is simply brilliant, i love how you have catered for all budgets and i also love the first point of the men’s protocol πŸ˜‰ this is an excellent guide from someone who clearly knows what they are talking about and genuinely wants to help rather than just recommending the expensive stuff.
    I love this post and will be definitely bookmarking it for future reference πŸ™‚

  66. Wow. What a story. I had no idea. But good for you for overcoming it and not giving up. Hair loss for women is not fun. Men…..well I don’t think they really care that much lol. At least me anyways. Great read.

  67. Thanks for the feedback, AJ! yeah, I do think most men experiencing hair loss care about it…but for women, it does seem to be more of a beauty emergency!

  68. Thank you for your feedback, Colleen! I’m glad that you found some useful information and that you liked how I broke it all down. keep reading!

  69. Hi Cristina! Thanks for the great comment. I agree with you – stress is the root of tons of this dis-ease. IN my case, it was stress that tipped the scales and made my struggling hair give up. Stress reduction has been a huge part of my treatment and focus as well.

  70. I fit right in with the Ramen Noodle Protocol but will also need the Sensitive Skin Protocol. I guess I will have to figure out a happy medium. But I know it will be all worth it to finally see those baby hairs surface around my edges. There’s hope!

  71. Thanks for the comment, Yemi! I’m glad to hear that you’re giving this a shot. come back and tell us about your progress!!

  72. Hi Penelope, now I know more about your story I can see why you have such a passion for hair loss treatments. It must of been awful for you to start losing your hair so young and I really feel for you. Luckily you are now a huge help and inspiration to others as hair loss is debilitating and horrific.

    I was starting to experience it myself but I think I have stopped it in its tracks by using some of your great tips such as the rosemary essential oil rub and kelp, silica and selenium supplements, plus a super healthy diet has worked wonders.

    This post is great as you have covered all bases and really shown how knowledgeable you are in this area, plus I love the humour you inject into it πŸ™‚

  73. Aww, I really appreciate the feedback, and I’m glad you like the silliness in my writing style. I never finish reading anything that’s too dry and blah, and assume others are the same way. I’m also super glad that some of my tips have worked for your own hair loss journey πŸ™‚

  74. Great info Penelope! And I especially enjoy your conversational and friendly voice. My father and brothers suffer from hair loss, and I think they would be interested in trying the rosemary scalp massages.
    Thank you so much for sharing your experience and wisdom. It’s very helpful indeed!

  75. Thanks for the great feedback, I’m glad you enjoyed the article and can pass on into to the men in your life!!

  76. Hi and thank you for all the info. I finally came to terms recently that I’m losing the battle with my hair and went to see my doctor about it. I am also hypothyroid (since 2000) and have been on medication ever since (my levels are fine). My doctor suggested I try Rogaine 5% to see if that helps and will discuss oral medications with me if that still doesn’t work. My question to you is… Can I use Rogaine to see if it works for me… but at the same time try some of your methods at the same time? I am interested in trying the Rogaine foam once a day, using the OGX dht fighting shampoo and conditioner, biotin, collagen peptides, rosemary oil massages, and maybe nutrofol. Is there any reason for me to think this is TOO much to do at once and it would make my hair fall out even more by combining all this? Thank you so much. Also… Someone suggested I start using Monat hair products but I don’t see them reviewed on your site at all and was wondering your thoughts on this as well. Thank you!

  77. Thank you for sharing all your knowledge about hairloss ! I was wondering if there’s any of the recommended ingredients that are unsafe during pregnancy ?

  78. Thank you for your reply! Funny a lot of ppl think my name is Etsy but it’s Esty (short for esther) like EstΓ©e Lauder πŸ™‚

  79. Esty is a lot classier!!! I think I had a dyslexic moment there, hahah. LMK if you have any other questions!

  80. Thank you for sharing your history with hair loss after breast cancer, Jennifer! I can understand the frustration of its slow regrowth. As for what to avoid, that’s an EXCELLENT question. Saw Palmetto has some complex interplay with estrogen – it mostly inhibits it, but you should avoid it and anything that includes it as an ingredient. You should also avoid using Rosemary essential oil. Consider Lipogaine or Rogaine – minoxidil doesn’t impact estrogen levels, and it’s one of two FDA approved hair loss treatments for women.

    The other FDA cleared hair loss treatment for women is the low level laser therapy, and that’s my #1 recommendation for your case. Check out my review of the HairMax Laserband – they’re the industry leaders in this technology.

  81. I love coconut oil and I recommend that people use it as the “carrier oil” when they do Rosemary essential oil scalp massages at night before bed, for their hair loss. Nutrafol is an excellent product and I’ve had a lot of success with it personally.

  82. I am glad that the post spoke to you and so sorry to hear about everything you’ve been doing through with your grief, and that blasted thyroid. There are lots of solutions, I encourage you to poke around and check out the articles on the rest of this site. I also didn’t have much luck taking any treatments in isolation, but in combination I’ve been able to come out of some nasty stress and levothyroxine related hair loss!

  83. Hi Jeremy, thanks so much for reading! I tend to avoid all hair products which contain sulfates, because they are particularly irritating to me. Others avoid products that involve dyes and artificial fragrances and alcohol.

  84. Hi Anna, thanks so much for your feedback and sharing your experience with hair loss. Sometimes we have to act like a detective, combing back through our pasts for any changes, and now that you can see all of them laid out, usually multiple factors are involved!! Luckily, there are solutions!

  85. I started taking it when I was 11, and I’m 36 now! Thyroid meds are finicky. What I do notice is if I forget to take them or run out, the depression and lethargy kicks in quickly. Not something to mess around with, for sure. there are a ton of strategies you can use to thicken and regrow, let me know if you have any specific questions.

  86. Hi Elisabeth! Thanks for the detailed comment and questions!!

    Yes, you can absolutely use Rogaine as well as my other methods. They will all work together and boost your recovery time.

    The real challenge with starting an aggressive protocol like mine is keeping it up. Obviously, scan everything first for allergic reactions or intolerance – for example, if you know you have a shellfish allergy, Nutrafol is off the table. But Rogaine will NOT conflict with any of these methods. And it is possible to juggle all of it and have a normal life πŸ™‚

    You might also want to consider Lipogaine, which produces a sensitive-skin minoxidil treatment (minoxidil is the active ingredient in Rogaine).

    I have not personally used Monat products, and when I’ve read about them, they elicit more mixed reviews than many of the ones I’ve reviewed here. That said, their Rejuvanique oil looks like one of the better offerings, and has enough convincing good reviews to make it look worth trying, particularly anecdotes from stylists, which I tend to view as trustworthy!!

  87. Hey there, Etsy! Any relation to the website Etsy? That place is addictive!

    Anyway, this is a great question and of course you’d need to run any medical advice by your OBGYN, since I’m not one. And it’s kind of a complicated answer – when pregnant, what you need to look out for most is anything that could have an impact on your hormone levels. The folks over at Nutrafol discuss the ingredients in their supplement that have an impact on our hormones. Saw Palmetto can throw people’s estrogen receptors out of whack, although there’ve been no good conclusive studies about how much or under what circumstances. Rosemary oil also has estrogenic effects, although some say it’s safe to use in Trimesters 2&3. This page gives a list of some oils to avoid during the entire pregnancy.

    Low level laser therapy is also FDA cleared as a hair loss treatment for women, but no clinical studies were performed on women who were pregnant or breastfeeding, and for this reason, they don’t recommend it according to the folks at Theradome.

    While pregnant, supplements like collagen, Biotin, D3, and magnesium are safe. I would move forward with those.

    Daily scalp massage with soothing, healing oils like Argan – which is pregnancy-safe – is also a green light.

    My guess is that most DHT blocking shampoos are also ok – you aren’t taking them internally and they won’t have the same effect on your physiology.

    A number of pregnant women have positively reviewed Hairfluence, which contains Bamboo and Silica and no DHT blockers.

    I hope this helps! Thanks for reading and sharing your feedback!

  88. Female 47yrs. Hello!! So happy to have found your site!!! Okay, about a year ago while going through my CrossFit phase…. umm read that the the supplement pill DHT was great for muscle mass… yeah well u know what happened next…. in about a week+ hair fell in mass… of course I quit taking it immediately after & it finally quit falling out thankfully after about a 2 weeks. Now a year later hair has been slow to grow back but I do have new growth… but until reading here kinda thought it would leave my system since I introduced it to my body myself…. do you think it has dissipated in my case or have I done permanently damaged my folices?? And since I didn’t have DHT issues before couldn’t I just knock this out & it eventually go back to normal??! Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated! Love this site going to be doing all of it! Thank you in advance!

    • Hi Connie,

      Thanks for your question.

      It’s very unlikely that you’ve caused permanent damage to the follicle with just a few weeks of DHT supplementation. It sounds as if you suffered from a spell of telogen effluvium, and it also sounds as if it’s beginning to resolve.

      The best thing you can do is increase blood to the scalp (scalp massage, microneedling).




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