Thinning Hair

There are many reasons behind why people experience thinning hair. Thinning hair can also be caused by exposure of the hair or scalp to burns, x-rays, scalp injury, and certain chemicals (including those used to purify swimming pools, and to bleach, dye, and perm hair). Normal hair growth usually returns once the cause is eliminated. Dietary mineral deficiencies have also been implicated in hair loss, particularly deficiency of zinc, selenium, silica and copper and iron deficiency. The oral contraceptive pill and nervous system stress may also be a contributing factor for many women.

The following is a list of possible related causes:

  • hair thinning after recent illness
  • autoimmune and thyroid diseases
  • hormonal changes
  • menopause or hormonal imbalances
  • side effects of pharmaceutical medication
  • eating disorders or nutritional deficiencies
  • alopecia
  • nutritional imbalances
  • stress
  • thyroid complaints
  • heavy metal toxicity

Skin, hair and nails are chemically related. Basic requirements for the health of these structures include adequate intakes of nutrients such as protein, essential fatty acids, minerals and vitamins. Please investigate any underlying causes of thinning hair with your Healthcare professional.


  • Protein is an important food group which contributes to the overall health and quality of the hair. Ensure that you eat enough protein each day as the amino acids found in protein sources are the building blocks which help to strengthen the hair
  • For healthy hair and scalp choose a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, especially leafy green vegetables, and suggest you eat some good protein sources everyday. It is important to have a balanced diet to ensure your hair receives sufficient nutrients to stay strong and healthy


  • Avoid shampoos, conditioners and hair products which use Sodium Lauryl Sulphate or any of its derivatives and other harsh chemicals such as benzenes, petroleum based products, aluminium, chlorhexidine, dioxins, Ethylenediamide tetraacetic acid (EDTA), parabens and hydrazines
  • Emu oil can be used topically on the scalp to reduce the resting phase (dorminancy) of the hair follicles
  • Address any underlying hormonal or Kidney imbalances as these can influence the health, vitality and growth of the hair


  • Biotin is an essential vitamin which has been found in clinical trials to strengthen the hair
  • Silica is concentrated in the nails, hair and skin and contributes to collagen formation to help it to strengthen
  • Zinc helps maintain the structural integrity of the nails, hair and skin and is important for a healthy immune system
  • Vitamin C is important in the production of collagen and for a healthy immune system
  • Folic acid, iron, manganese, beta-carotene and vitamin B5 all assist with metabolism of nutrients important for nails, hair and skin
  • Many women have used the herb Saw Palmetto successfully when faced with thinning hair as it addresses hormonal imbalances. Other herbs which may help to improve the health and appearance of the hair by improving Kidney and reproductive function are Dong Quai, Rehmannia, Horny Goat and Paeonia