Man or woman, young or old, it’s probably safe to assume your hair goals are characterized by adjectives like shiny and thick, not thin and stringy. If you’re noticing less hair on your head and more in your shower drain, don’t panic—hair loss is often reversible. Even when it’s not, there are extremely realistic hairpieces available today that elegantly mask the appearance of thinning hair. You can regain a full head of luxurious hair!
Now you’d probably like to know some of the possible reasons why your hair is thinning out. Here are a few to consider.
Common, Reversible Hair Loss Culprits
Ironically, your efforts to craft a head-turning ‘do may be to blame for your thinning hair.
Skimping on Shampoo
Luscious locks begin with quality hair care products, which never contain sulfates. More than 90 percent of shampoos contain sulfate, typically sodium laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl sulfate. Sulfates in shampoos create the rich lather you expect from a shampoo, but they also dehydrate your scalp, strip it of its natural moisturizing oils, and clog hair follicles. If you’re experiencing thinning hair, forego the rich lather and reach for an organic, sulfate-free shampoo.
Odds are good that you shower or bathe daily, and shampoo your hair each time. While this may be necessary for oily hair, it’s overkill for normal hair. If you want a healthy scalp (which yields thick hair), shampooing every other day or even every three days may be a better option, dependent on your specific hair and scalp condition. Here’s what you should do in between shampoos: gently massage and rinse your hair with water to remove styling product buildup.
Mishandling Wet Hair
After you step out of the bath or shower, how do you treat your hair? Do you rub it vigorously with a towel? If you have long locks, do you flip your head upside down to dry them? Do you comb or brush your wet hair? Do you blast your hair with a hot blow dryer? All of these common practices can damage hair!
To prevent breakage, gently blot wet hair with a towel to absorb moisture, then apply a leave-in conditioner to prevent tangles. Air drying hair is best, but if you must dry it, use the lowest dryer setting possible and stop before your hair is fully dry.
Poor Eating Habits
Hair is primarily composed of protein, and a diet rich in protein is essential for healthy hair. Protein also helps to make Keratin, which controls the strength of the hair. A diet lacking in protein can cause hair follicles to go into a resting phase, leading to excessive hair shedding and fewer hairs mean thinner-looking hair. There are other tips on what to eat for healthy hair available on our blog here [link to another post on this topic].
Sometimes Thinning Hair is Inevitable
Hereditary male- or female-pattern baldness, certain medications, thyroid problems, and illnesses such as lupus, sarcoidosis and alopecia areata may cause thinning hair. If your hair loss stems from medical or genetic causes, reversing it may be difficult, if not impossible. In these cases, the use of hairpieces, wigs and extensions can help you fain the confident and attractive appearance of a full head of hair. Read more about “Four Foods That Fight Hair Loss”
If you are currently experiencing hair loss and want to do something about it then contact us for a free supportive and confidential consultation. Book your free visit today!
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