We’ve heard people say that 30s is the new 20s. This is especially evident in millennial women, young women who are now tackling even more societal pressures compared to their other generational counterparts. Regardless, they’re young and carefree. Hair loss should be the least of their worries, at least for another few decades or so. However, more and more millennials are losing their hair before they even turn 30, and at least 40% of these are women. Although it’s common knowledge that women lose hair just as men can, it’s become increasingly alarming how hair loss onset is happening sooner than expected.
Women’s hair and self-esteem are naturally intertwined. The millennials have created a culture where self-image is parallel more to physical appearance than personality or skills. Hair loss can have a tremendous impact on a woman’s confidence, even more so for someone who has not even reached 30. There are many possible causes to hair loss in women, most of them naturally occurring and can be prevented by medical means. For our purposes here, we will discuss the unnatural sources that has caused prevalent hair loss in female millennials.
Young women today are bolder when it comes to hairstyles. Nowadays, hair fads come and go faster than we can ever keep up with. Women may change hair colors every week or even completely change hairstyles with the use of glued hair extensions. We know that tight hairstyles such as pigtails and cornrows can cause hair thinning. However, intensive hair styling can cause even more irreparable follicle damage. Even chemical and hot oil treatments can permanently damage hair follicles, and once scarred, a hair follicle can never grow hair back out again.
Another reason why female millennials might be losing hair is their diet. There are different ways a person’s diet may affect hair quality. Gluten-sensitivity is becoming commonplace nowadays, and gluten has been linked to hair loss. Also, diets that are low in protein but more importantly too high in vitamin A can cause significant hair loss as well. Diets that are rich in vitamin A consist of foods such as carrots and dark leafy greens such as kale. These are foods that are very common in diet trends popular with millennials such as juicing and meal replacement smoothies.
Lastly, it’s no secret that young women these days experience a tremendous volume of stress imposed upon them by today’s society and culture. Young, successful female millennials may encounter stressors from the workplace, stressors in family life, and plenty of stressors in their social life as well. Excessive physical and emotional stress is grounds for significant hair thinning.
Eventually, hair grows back naturally or with some type of stimulation. There are many non-medical and home-based alternatives that are now available to female millennials dealing with hair loss. Aromatherapy oils, scalp massages, and handheld home laser devices provide stimulation for follicles. Adjusting diet will help as well, along with learning how to cope with stress. Thinning hair may not seem as concerning to some young women as there are now plenty of temporary ways to cover it up such as hair extensions and keratin fiber hair cosmetics. However, there really is no replacing the emotional and aesthetic value of natural hair volume. Let your hair loose and be stress-free, and you’ll be on your way to having better hair quality.