“Would love a post about remedies for thinning hair,” writes Francine, who adds that she has lost tons this past year, “and I’m heartbroken, as I’ve always been the one with good hair!” Well, I have never been the one with good hair, Francine, but I do have a decent amount of experience with hair loss; when I was in my late 30s, a whole ton of it fell out, and it really, really threw me: we don’t realize how central to our identity hair is until we start shedding it. As far as attacking the issue goes, the first thing you might want to do is go to the doctor and make sure you don’t have any hormonal issues or vitamin deficiencies. This could also could be triggered by a medication you’re taking. Have you gone through a period of extreme stress? That can cause it too. And, of course, menopause, that great multi-tasker, can be responsible for hair loss as well. As far as solutions go, nothing is 100% effective, but I was able to stop the hair from falling out by taking Biotin supplements. A lot of people have success with Minoxidil, which has been proven to be effective for women as well as men, but I can’t speak to that first-hand, as I’ve never tried it. It’s worth knowing, though, that this treatment can also sometimes have the unsavory side-effect of causing hair growth in undesirable spots like the cheeks and forehead. Avoiding sugar, processed foods, alcohol, and caffeine can help, as can staying away from too-harsh chemical hair treatments (in fact, I’m pretty certain an ill-advised relaxing procedure is what did me in). Saw palmetto extract and ginkgo biloba are said to help in some cases as well. My solution has been to throw up my hands and get extensions, but I hear good things about the supplement Nutrafol, and I’m quite intrigued by (and skeptical of) this Back to the Future-ish contraption, which some people swear totally works.