8 Helpful Ways to Deal with Thinning Hair
It doesn’t just happen to dudes
So you weren’t blessed with full, lustrous hair like the ladies in shampoo commercials (and, in fact, it’s getting thinner with age). Kind of a bummer, but luckily there are some simple solutions for holding on to what you have and even getting it thismuch closer to Pantene levels.
Wash More Often
Though you’ll hear conflicting information on how often everyone should wash their hair, those who are thinning should suds up frequently. Not only is oil more visible on fine locks, but buildup can also stunt growth. While shampooing, take a little extra time to massage your scalp. This improves blood flow to your follicles, which promotes hair growth.
Don’t Overdo It with Products
When it comes to serums and volumizers and sprays, a little goes a long way. Adding more will only weigh down your hair and make it look flat. Consider your only two essentials to be a volumizing mousse (which you apply to damp hair) and a dry shampoo or texturizing spray (which adds extra body without weighing you down).
Embrace Your Natural Texture
Let’s face it: Overprocessing equals breakage. And if you’re already concerned with thinning, the last thing you want to do is put your strands through more stress. Ease up on chemical relaxers (or, conversely, perms) to give your hair its best shot.
If your hair is falling out steadily, it might be advisable to get routine blood work done to determine your vitamin D and iron levels. If you’re deficient in either of those, your doctor might recommend supplements, which could prevent hair loss. In addition to pills, seek out food sources containing vitamin D and iron, such as leafy greens, red meat and legumes.
The only FDA-approved ingredient for hair growth stimulation, Minoxidil (one of the main ingredients in products like Rogaine) aims to increase the size of the hair follicle so it can produce a bigger strand of hair. To give it a whirl, apply a topical product directly to your scalp once a day.
Another supplement for women with thinning hair, Viviscal comes in pill form. It’s made up of fish protein, vitamin C, zinc, biotin and niacin—all ingredients meant to promote healthier, thicker hair. At around $50 per month, it’s a touch more expensive than minoxidil, but it comes highly recommended from dermatologists and hair experts. (It’s also super common among models like Karlie Kloss, so…)
The most affordable supplement option is probably biotin, a B-complex vitamin that’s essential for metabolic and nerve functioning. Biotin capsules can help improve your hair’s keratin infrastructure, which makes it healthier and stronger. It has long been a favorite among post-chemotherapy patients for a reason.