There are different reasons why thinning hair can occur. Most often it is due to a genetic problem called androgenic alopecia. However, the ebb and flow of stress entering our lives play a pivotal role in our overall health. When your body is under too much pressure from daily life or medications, your hair becomes affected. If you are experiencing thinning hair, here are our best tips for management.
Take Stock of Your Health
If you want your hair to have volume and shine, you have to ensure you are taking good care of your health. When robbed of proper nutrients, our bodies will focus all its extra energy into fueling important functions, like helping the brain and heart run. Unfortunately, the body doesn’t consider hair to be essential to survival, and so it will deplete it of the necessary proteins and nutrients that help it grow. If weight loss is a goal, it’s important to research different options or talk to your doctor instead of resorting to extreme dieting.
Omega-3 is a healthy fat, that doesn’t naturally occur in our bodies, but can play a huge role in healthy hair. This healthy fat is absorbed into the body and produces oils that hydrate the hair and scalp. It’s essential if you have weak, brittle strands, to keep moisture locked in to make sure you aren’t setting yourself up for unnecessary breakage that will make your hair look thin and dull. There are many ways to introduce Omega-3 into your diet such as fish oil, nuts, and seeds.
Avoid "Strong Hold" Hair Products
Products that claim they can hold your style all day are terrible for thinning hair. These products contain high levels of alcohol and therefore dehydrate your strands. This results in high levels of breaking and splitting, which makes your hair look even thinner. If styling products are a must, look for styling creams or pastes that don’t contain alcohol. They will help retain moisture giving your tresses movement and the illusion of a fuller head of hair.
Find a Hair Style That Works
When your hair is thinning you want to work with a haircut that will add volume. For women, a short wavy cut is a classic way to add needed volume and texture to your hair. The messy bob gives the illusion of a fuller look without the need of too many hair products. By keeping the hair shorter, you won't have to worry about weighing it down and losing desired volume. For men it's best to stick to the traditional short back and sides. Keeping the hair around your neck and ears shorter and the top fuller gives the illusion of thicker hair.
Be Gentle when Drying Your Hair
When hair is wet, the outer cuticle is swollen with liquid and very susceptible to breaking. Aggressive towel drying after a shower weakens fine strands, which leads to more damage. Additionally, brushing soaking wet hair also causes it to break. Ideally, you will want to brush your hair before you step into the shower and spot dry it with a towel afterward.
At Nashville Hair Clinic our expert members of staff are well versed in dealing with thin hair. If you are looking for a more permanent solution, give us a call at 615-635-8092 to book your consultation today!