Women’s hair thinning: Expert tips on how to stop or regrow thinning hair

23rd June 2022 | Author: Victoria Woollaston-Webber

Struggling with hair loss? Here’s the best expert advice and product recommendations to help regrow thinning hair and leave it looking thicker and fuller 

While thinning hair, hair loss and bald patches are typically associated with men, women’s hair thinning is much more common than you may think. It’s also cited as a real and consistent concern for many of us.

A recent survey from hair and scalp specialists Philip Kingsley found that in London alone, 77% of women experience hair loss, and 90% of them worry about their thinning hair multiple times a day.

It’s become such a problem that more than half (55%) said they avoid having their photo taken because of it, and almost a third (31%) feel less feminine.

To help you manage hair loss, stop hair thinning and help it regrow thicker and stronger, we’ve pulled together the best expert advice and tried-and-tested product recommendations. You can scroll through the entire article, or use the links in the box to the left, to jump straight to your desired section.

If you’ve landed on this page and you’re looking for tips on male hair loss or male pattern baldness, click here for in-depth guides from our sister site, MBman

Why is my hair thinning?

Science suggests we lose between 50 to 100 strands of hair every day and it’s not always even. Follicles periodically take a break – growing hair is tiring work – and each of the 5 million follicles across our entire body is working on different timeframes and are at different stages of growth.

As we get older, some of these follicles stop working (or retire!) and this is what causes our hair to thin as we age.

As your hair grows, it gets heavier and pulls on these follicles until they can’t hold it anymore and it falls out. Studies have found that round follicles are stronger which may explain why people with straight hair tend to also have long hair, while people with short hair tend to have flatter follicles.

As a result, there isn’t a miracle cure, or product, for how to make regrow thinning hair – regardless of whatever marketing you read – but there are certain things you can do to help stop hair thinning and make it grow faster or at least make it grow more healthy.

FURTHER READING: Best hair oil: The best hair oils for thinning hair, boosting hair growth, frizz and more

How to spot women’s hair thinning

Hair loss menopause symptomsGetty Images/iStockphoto

Hair thinning is always gradual, no matter what the cause. It’s particularly common as a menopause symptom and women experiencing hair loss and thinning may notice the following:

  • Ponytail is thinner
  • Hair is not growing as long as it used to
  • Parting is wider
  • Scalp is more visible, especially around the crown
  • Recession at the temples
  • Loss of density the frontal hairline
  • Reduction in the thickness (volume) and length of each strand

How to stop women’s hair thinning

Density range to stop hair thinning and regrow thinning hairPhilip Kingsley

When it comes to dealing with thin hair you first need to stop hair thinning, as much as possible.

Next, you need to help regrow thinning hair by looking after your scalp and managing your diet and lifestyle habits. According to the experts at Philip Kingsley, the best treatments when looking for how to stop hair thinning are those which stimulate your hair follicles.

Products that contain ingredients including minoxidil and methyl nicotinate are great for this. We’ve seen positive results from using Regaine Once-a-Day Scalp Foam. You can currently get two bottles of mousse, which will last you around four months, for £50. This should be long enough for you to either notice a difference or move on to something else.

Philip Kinglsey recently launched a new haircare range specifically dedicated to slowing hair loss. Called Density, the range launched at the start of June 2022 and its formulation contains what’s called a Biomimetic Peptide Blend. This is an active complex designed to slow hair loss and improve hair density and quality over time.

How to regrow thinning hair 

Once you’ve stopped or slowed the rate of thinning, you can concentrate on regrowing thinning hair so it’s thicker and fuller.

♥︎ Use a scalp scrub…

Christophe Robin Salt ScrubChristophe Robin

If your hair follicles are blocked, because of dead skin cells, product built up, sweat and other gunk, then they have to work extra hard to push your hair through.

This is bad enough if you don’t have thinning hair, but when the follicles are already struggling, you don’t want to make things worse.

While washing your hair with a regular shampoo will remove a large amount of this build-up, the best way to keep your follicles free is to use a scalp scrub, followed by a clarifying shampoo.

A gentle scrub acts as an exfoliant to clear dead skin cells and leave the scalp skin and follicles clear and in good working order. The act of massaging the scrub into the skin also stimulates the follicles.

mamabella recommends: Our favourite scalp scrubs are the Natura Siberica Professional Oblepikha Scalp Scrub (£5.84); The Inkey List’s Glycolic Acid Hair Scrub (£12.99); Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Salt Scrub (£42)

♥︎ …followed by a clarifying shampoo

A clarifying shampoo then helps get rid of any remaining product build up, including any of the scrub that gets left behind.

mamabella recommends: Our favourite clarifying shampoos are the OGX Clarify + Charcoal Detox Shampoo (£6.99)Ouai Hair Care Detox Shampoo (£24); Hairstory New Wash (£44)

♥︎ Treat your scalp with caffeine

Caffeine skincare benefits explainedmamabella

Caffeine is a common and effective stimulant of the scalp. This is because it helps increase blood circulation to the scalp and energising your follicles in a similar way your morning cup of coffee gives you a burst of energy.

When it comes to regrowing thinning hair, caffeine helps promote growth from the root, in the initial phases of hair growth by targeting a hormone called ‘DHT’. DHT has been linked with hair loss – you can read more about it here – because it can prevent vitamins, proteins and minerals getting to the follicles and helping them to grow.

Caffeine causes hair cells to produce more ATP, which is a form of energy that encourages hair to grow.

“Further research by Dr. Tobias Fischer has even shown that caffeine speeds up the hair growth cycle and increases the length of hair from 33-40%,” according to Grow Gorgeous. “So specifically targeting the hair follicle with caffeine hair products will set you off on your hair growth journey.” This is why Grow Gorgeous sells an entire caffeine-powered range called Grow Gorgeous Intense.

Another expensive (but in our opinion worth it) brand is Monpure. The brand specialises in scalp care, which in turn means they’re experts in thinning hair. You can read more about their recent campaign in our guide on trichotillomania.

mamabella recommends: Our favourite caffeine-based hair products are the Beauty Bay Hair Density Hair Serum (£8); The Inkey List Caffeine Stimulating Scalp Treatment (£14.99); and Grow Gorgeous Hair Growth Serum Intense (£45)

♥︎ Massage your scalp

In the same way that caffeine helps improve blood circulation, massaging any hair products into your scalp creates a more direct, stimulating effect.

The reason why more blood flow is beneficial to hair (as well as other areas of the body, including the skin) is because the blood brings nutrients and minerals from the body to where it’s needed.

mamabella tip: If, like us, you find applying hair tonics from a pipette a little tedious, we recently started putting them in an empty spray bottle, spraying it on our scalp and rubbing it in before bed. This has made it easier to use.

READ NEXT: Best scalp tonics | How to hair oil

♥︎ Improve your diet and lifestyle 


If you’re struggling to get nutrients from your diet, try supplements.

We recommend the VidaGlow Beauty Powders (around £35), and the cheaper Bioglan Superfoods Beauty Protein powders (£12.99).

Trichologist Anabel Kingsley recommends her brand’s PK4 Soya Protein Boost supplement, as well as its Tricho Complex supplement.

It’s boring but in the same way that adopting a healthy diet helps the skin on your face look clearer and healthier, the same applies to your scalp and hair.

Protein and carbohydrates are essential for helping to regrow thinning hair and the most effective forms include lean meats, beans, eggs, fish, and pasta. This is because these foods contain biotin and cysteine.

Biotin, also known as Vitamin H, is part of the B-complex group of vitamins that help turn food into energy and is largely found in almonds, eggs, milk and cheese, pork, salmon and sardines, and avocado and cauliflower.

Cysteine is an amino acid that helps to make your hair grow faster and is found in poultry, eggs, red peppers, garlic, onions, Brussels sprouts, yogurt, oatmeal, and broccoli.

At the opposite end of the scale, too much vitamin A can lead to hair loss.

♥︎ Take a cold shower

Hot showers can loosen natural oils from the surface of your scalp and strip your hair of its own protective oils by opening the skin’s pores.

Washing with lukewarm water helps close the pores and reduce the damage, while rinsing with cold water seals your pores and protects them from dirt, product build-up, dead skin cells and more.

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