Why do I have thin hair?
Voluminous thick hair is often sought after when it comes to choosing hair care products. For some people, however, thin hair is a lifelong problem; hence, they think there is no solution to it. Meanwhile, others experience sudden and unusual hair thinning and are desperate to find the reason for it along with the ways to fix it. Whatever the case, there are certain methods to help you improve the look and the health of your hair.
- Fine, thinning or thin hair?
- How can I make my thin hair thicker?
- Factors that influence thin hair
Fine, thinning or thin hair?
Thin hair is often confused with fine hair. Thin hair refers to its density, meaning that its whole volume across the scalp is sparse. When the hair shaft itself is thin and slim, we call it fine.
This is always determined by genetics. It can also happen, though, that due to various causes, the shaft of the hair becomes thinner, and thus weaker. Thinning hair usually means diffuse loss of hair, i.e. from the whole scalp area.
Thin hair in men and women is either hardwired or conditioned by other adverse factors. The number of hair follicles on a person’s head may vary from 80 to 150 thousand, which can depend on the hair colour. For example, those with blonde hair have the largest number of hairs, while ginger hair tends to be the thinnest (around 80 thousand hairs).
Sometimes, one may think that their naturally thin hair is normal and nothing can be done to make it thicker. Nevertheless, introducing even some small but fundamental changes to the way you treat your hair can visibly revamp its look and enhance thickness in the long run. However, it will take some time before your hair regenerates and regrows.
How can I make my thin hair thicker?
Here are a few common mistakes people make when it comes to hair care as well as some tips on how to avoid them. Surely, if your thin hair is the result of your genes, it is unlikely that you will be able to make a drastic change to your hair texture. But you still can improve its general condition, make it healthier and add some volume and gloss.
Our hair follicles are extremely fragile and cannot endure constant pulling for hours. Just try to pull a strand on your head for a few seconds – you will most likely find a couple of hairs in your hand. That is exactly what tight ponytails and braids do – they weaken the connection of the hair shafts in the follicles making them more prone to shedding, known as traction alopecia.
Your hair is more prone to this when wet – vigorous combing puts additional stress on wet strands that get easily overstretched, break or fall. If you can’t avoid tight hairdos – try to change your routine. Invest in high-quality cosmetic products that can strengthen hair shafts and nourish the follicles.
While bleaching is, undoubtedly, one of the most damaging procedures and a no-go for thin hair, colouring can add to its thickness, visually and physically. When the colour is applied on hair, as one of its side effects, it raises the cuticle which increases the volume of each shaft. Besides this, with colouring techniques such as highlights/balayage, you can optically boost the thickness of your hair.
However, remember, that some hair dyes can be too aggressive, especially if your hair is brittle. You might need to use strengthening and moisturising shampoo and conditioner. Also, colouring thin hair for more thickness is best with darker shades that do not require using a high-concentrated harsh bleaching agent.
Washing too often can thin your hair
Washing your hair too often and using regular over-the-counter products can dry it out and make it shed more. Add here the weight of water and the stress from towel-drying and brushing.
If your strands get dirty too quickly, consider changing your hair products, as some of them may cause a build-up of chemicals on the scalp and clog the pores. Opt for a cleansing shampoo with natural mild ingredients and no sulphates or parabens.
The most flattering haircuts for those with thin strands are ones with texture and many layers. Choppy, asymmetrical, graduated styles with a fringe are the best options for more volume. For men with a thin hairline, we recommend adding some texture to the area where your hair is thinning and taking the weight off the rest of your hair. Also, shorter hair will hold the shape better and appear thicker.
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Factors that influence thin hair
If by nature, you have thick hair that has suddenly become thin and fragile, the following factors might have contributed to it.
Stress is the main cause of hundreds of health problems and thin hair is among them. This is, probably, the most common reason if hairs fall out suddenly. When we are stressed out, our body releases cortisol, ‘the stress hormone’, that forces hair follicles to ‘shut down’ and stop producing new hair. A stressful event can lead to sudden loss known as telogen effluvium.
This can be a bit difficult to diagnose since so many vitamins and minerals are needed for healthy hair growth. The most important players to thicken hair are vitamins of group B, D, A, E, selenium and zinc.
If you lose hair at an extreme rate, consult a doctor, especially if your diet has changed or you have recently lost a lot of weight. Otherwise, diversify your diet to include more protein sources and a variety of vegetables and fruit.
Vitamin B7 (or biotin) supplements are very popular now, as it is essential for hair growth. Our Biotin & Keratin supplement has been specially developed to have the right amount of nutrients so hair looks thicker and healthier. Besides this, topical applications of biotin have been proven to be effective, so you might want to consider using hair products with biotin in them.
This is more common in men, as around two-thirds of them will be victims of medical conditions like male-pattern baldness at some point in their lives. However, even if a man is lucky to not suffer from this condition, it is quite natural that hair will recede with age or develop balding spots.
Besides, men are less likely to take proper care of their hair and to pick out cosmetic products that benefit the hair. Surely, in the case of male-pattern baldness, proper grooming is not enough and more serious measures are needed.
If your thin hair is not too severe yet, a good start would be to incorporate changes to your daily routine, i.e. improve your diet and hair care. As an effective remedy, we recommend trying out Dr Balwi’s shampoo and hair serum so your hair grows stronger and thicker. They contain a range of natural active ingredients proven to benefit hair growth. These include biotin and extracts of green tea, red ginseng and ginkgo.
If you don’t already have voluminous hair, you won’t be able to radically influence its thickness. But if you follow our tips, you can enjoy a gradual improvement in your hair health as well as visually liven up its appearance. Remember, for hair to be beautiful, it has to be healthy first!
Do you have any more questions or are you suffering from hair loss issues? Then feel free to to contact our friendly team that will answer all your queries and discuss your treatment options. Furthermore they can also offer a free and non binding hair analysis! For long term results hair transplantation is the only solution.