Originally Published July 22nd, 2016
Essential Hair Care Tips for Reviving Thin, Damaged Hair
The thin hair struggle is real. Thinning hair can be concerning and frustrating, but just know that you are not alone. From style limitations to the insecurities that can hold you back at work, dating and social situations, having fine/thin hair should not control your life. In this blog, we will discuss some of the causes of hair loss and provide you with styling tips to help you manage, revive and restore thinning hair.
Did you know, researchers have found that between the ages of 50-60 years old nearly 40% of women will have experienced some form of hair loss, and according to the American Hair Loss Association about 25% of men who are affected by hair loss start seeing signs as early as 21 years old?
What are the signs of thinning hair and how do you know if you are headed down the road of hair loss?
The first step to understanding and knowing if you are experiencing hair loss is by determining the amount of thick hair vs thin hair that you currently have. An easy way to look for thinning is by parting your hair at the roots. If you don’t see a lot of scalp show-through you most likely have thick hair, while if you see a lot of scalp you typically have thin hair. However, don’t be alarmed if you notice fine and thinning hair; it is very common, and there are many different measures you can take to help reduce thinning hair that affects both men and women.
What Causes Thin Hair
Although there are many different factors that may cause men’s hair loss and fine hair in women, one of the most common is heredity. This may be a key piece to understanding the hair-thinning dilemma and determining the cause.
Ultimately, it comes down to both your mother and father’s genes that play a big part in hair loss, with the DNA you inherit from your mother having the most significant impact. Roughly 30 million women and as many as 50 million men experience hair loss as a direct result of their genetic history.
It has been discovered that there is a hair loss gene. Researchers from GlaxoSmithKline conducted a study of 1,125 men to test for hair loss traits. The results stated that 1 in 7 men are more likely to lose their hair based on this particular gene.
Aside from your parent’s genes, other factors can play a significant role in showing signs of fine and thinning hair such as: certain medications, general anesthesia, surgery, hair appliances, childbirth, diet, anemia, or even stress.
When it comes to heredity and other factors that affect hair loss, most people have the tendency to want to give up but there are still steps that you can take to help minimize the appearance of thinning hair, follow along as we take a closer look…
How to Care for Thinning Hair
To help prevent fine hair from looking even thinner, there are styling precautions you can take to get the appearance of thicker-looking hair, such as avoiding harsh shampoos, heating tools and products that weigh down your hair.
Hair Care Products
Fine hair is prone to more damage than hair that is coarse, so try to use shampoos that condition and increase overall moisture health such as Toppik’s Hair Building Shampoo and Hair Building Conditioner.
Toppik’s Hair Building Shampoo strengthens, repairs, and revitalizes thin, thinning, or even damaged hair and Toppik’s Hair Building Conditioner contains a nourishing complex of keratin proteins, leaving hair stronger, healthier, and thicker-looking.
When dealing with thinning, be cognizant of the products you are putting in your hair, as well as how often you are washing. If you are someone who suffers from hair loss, it is important that you aim to only wash your hair when it is extremely dirty and avoid over-washing.
When selecting volumizing products that will work best for you, take into consideration that a vast majority of volume-building hair products contain paraffin, which is made from beeswax. Paraffin can actually cause hair build up which weighs the hair down and essentially defeats the creation of volume.
Styling serum is a great product to use if you are someone with thinning hair. When hair is damp, apply it to the root area and then gently begin to blow dry away from your head while applying tension to the brush to help build volume.
Hair Tools & Laser Brushes
Avoid styling with tools that are extremely hot. If it is necessary for you to use heat tools when styling your hair, try to keep the temperature as low as possible. Another styling method that is growing in popularity for fine hair are laser brushes; it is not a proven treatment for thinning hair but some people truly believe it works. By using the custom shaped laser comb or brush, all you have to do is comb or brush it through your hair several times a week, and this is believed to dilate blood vessels and increase the blood supply to hair follicles, however, continued research needs to be done to determine the effectiveness of this treatment.
Alternative Methods of Hair Care
Studies have suggested that aromatherapy essential oils can also help prevent hair from falling out and thinning. Along with aromatherapy, another preventative tip is the cold wash treatment. Some hair experts have suggested that rinsing thin hair with cool or very cold water will close the cuticles and help hair to swell slightly so that your hair can appear thicker.
Nutrition for Thin Hair
If you have tried these methods above to help minimize the appearance of hair loss and you are not seeing results, you may need to take a closer look at what is going into your body. How is your diet? What vitamins are you taking that can aid in your hair health?
A lack of certain types of vitamins and minerals can cause serious hair loss, so make sure to stick with iron and zinc-rich foods, such as fruits and veggies. You can also try taking a supplement, like Viviscal’s Hair Growth Supplements, to get these essential vitamin enriched nutrients. Protein is also crucial to include in your diet to promote healthy hair growth and minimize damage. A protein deficient diet can block your body’s ability to build new hair follicles, causing noticeable hair loss after a few months.
Styling Thinning Hair
When styling thinning hair or hair that is experiencing hair loss, it’s all about adding body, fullness and volume. Unfortunately though, a lot of the styling techniques that are used to create a volumized, full look can cause strain on hair that is fine and prone to damage. Add volume to hair without breakage by using the following product and styling tips:
- Always use a heat protectant to set hair before styling with hot tools.
- Using medium heat, blow dry hair in an upward motion at the roots to help the hair dry in a more volumized and lifted state.
- Use a wide-tooth comb when detangling in lieu of a brush to minimize damage.
- Avoid hairstyles that require you to constantly pull hair back into a bun or a ponytail, these can cause breakage overtime.
When receiving a new haircut, layers are a good option to choose to help give the appearance of fuller-looking hair. If you are not keen on cutting your hair into layers, alternatively you can add clip-in hair extensions to your look. Clip-ins will give you the appearance of thicker, luxurious-looking hair and can be removed each day as they are not permanent.
We hope this blog was educational and provided you with some simple guidance and tips on how to style and minimize the appearance of thinning hair and hair loss.
What are some of your favorite volumizing hairstyling tricks?
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