Is your ponytail not what it once was? Well, it could be due to aging — hair follicles are affected by hormones and over time, won’t leave hair in the active growth phase as long as it once was. However, if you aren’t going through menopause, post-pregnancy, or dealing with major emotional trauma or stress — all of which can cause major hormonal shifts and possibly temporary hair loss
or thinning — and see large amounts of hair lingering in your brush, drain, or hands after raking through some tangles, there could be more to blame. “Diabetes can cause hair to thin and fall out,” says Harper. “And certain medications such as birth control and some antidepressants as well as beta-blockers, like blood pressure medicine, can also cause hair loss.”
Along with sticking to a healthy hair-care regimen (a.k.a. shampoo, condition, don’t scorch with hot tools, and overdo the dye jobs, etc.), you also need to feed strands from the inside out to keep them strong, not dry and brittle (which will for sure, lead to breakage). “Biotin and vitamin D
supplements will also help to strengthen thin and limp hair — protein-rich foods and those that have vitamin B, which is the same as biotin, help promote strong hair, too,” says Harper.
“Women who have heavy periods or don't eat enough iron-rich foods may be prone to iron deficiency, which can also result in hair loss — your doctor can test your blood for iron deficiency,” says Bank, who suggests eating iron rich foods such as beef, pork, fish, leafy greens, fortified cereals, and beans along with some vitamin C, which can help absorption of iron. And to help the whole regrowth process along, use over-the-counter minoxidil (a.k.a. Women’s Rogaine
), which helps hold hair in the growing and staying-put phase, and out of the fall-out stage, for longer.