“You’re stressing me out,” – your hair, probably.

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No one wants thin hair, but female hair thinning? Well, it might just be one of the biggest beauty concerns that’s rarely talked about. The good news is that sometimes it’s an easy fix. The answer to what causes thinning hair is a broad one: It can be genetics, aging, or health issues that are the culprit. While thin or thinning hair is sometimes out of one’s control, there are certain causes of hair thinning in women that can be improved, if not avoided altogether. That’s where the easy fix comes in. Here, we’re delving into a few bad habits that could be the source of your extra shedding.

Life Stress

Okay, so this one might not allow for quite the easy solution you’re envisioning, but recognizing it and finding ways to cope could be just be the ticket. Stress has all kinds of wacky ways of messing with our bodies and, you guessed it, hair falling out is one of them. You can learn more about how stress relates to hair loss here.

Hair Stress

Hair can get stressed out too! Unruly offspring and deadlines at work aren’t to blame here, though excessively hot showers and overusing heat tools can certainly act as villains. Putting your hair through multiple processes every time you visit the salon (think coloring plus a relaxing treatment) will do a number too. Keep in mind what you’re putting your strands through and see where you can dial it down.

Severe Styling

Pulling your hair too tight, aggressively tying it up with a hair tie day after day, or even a habit of brushing too vigorously can all wreak havoc on your delicate strands. Try a loose braid to keep hair out of your face, opt for no-snag hair ties, swap that cotton pillowcase for a silk one, and invest in a good brush.

Not Washing Hair Enough

This one is rooted in poor scalp hygiene. If you don’t wash your hair enough you can end up with a buildup of dead skin and hair product (sounds delightful) that can cause irritation, at the very least. An irritated, inflamed scalp is the enemy of those luscious locks you crave.

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Diet

Nutritional deficiencies can most certainly affect hair growth. If you suspect that your diet is contributing to your hair loss, instead of heading straight to the beauty supplement aisle, talk to your doctor about a course of action that will best work for you. Chances are, he or she will be able to get you on track—supplements or not.