Moderate to minor hair loss is often referred to as thinning hair. Unlike severe or widespread hair loss, thinning hair doesn’t necessarily lead to baldness but can give you thinner patches of hair on your head. It usually happens gradually, so you can take the time to work out the cause and look at options to try and reduce the loss.
What causes thinning hair?
Thinning hair can be caused by lifestyle, genetics or both. A certain amount of hair loss is normal - 50 to 100 per day on average - but it can be made worse by the way you treat your hair through styling, colouring and wearing hair up too tightly.
Stress, diet, weight loss, hormonal changes, pregnancy and birth, medical conditions and pulling at your hair can also cause hair loss and thinning.
How to manage thinning hair
If your hair is thinning, you’ll want to try and identify the cause so that you can deal with it effectively. A visit to your healthcare professional could be a good place to start to try and identify the causes of thinning hair - they can run tests which can rule out any medical or hormonal issues.
Here’s some steps you can take to try and manage thinning hair, and stop any further hair loss:
- Reduce heat styling - heat styling like blow drying, straightening and curling can be really damaging to your hair. Try and reduce the amount of heat styling on your hair, and if you do need to use heat make sure you use a heat protector and the lowest heat setting you can. Letting your hair dry as much as possible before you blow dry it will help to reduce the amount of heat you need to use.
- Be gentle when you tie your hair up - tying your hair up too tightly can put unnecessary strain on your hair at the root, leading to hair snapping and thinning.
- Boost your nutrition - you need a balanced diet for optimum hair health, you want a diet that’s rich in vitamins and minerals such as iron, collagen, folic acid and keratin. Eating well is a great way to do this, or you can take a beauty boosting shot such as LOTUS by VITYBOX - this ups your keratin and collagen uptake in one easy step.
- Seek help for uncontrolled stress - if you know there’s a source of stress in your life that might be contributing to your hair loss, take steps to deal with it. Whether it’s meditation or mindfulness, taking some advice or building up your tactics to deal with stress, you’ll feel better all around.
- Don’t over-process your hair - perms, colour and bleaching can all damage your hair. It’s often best left in the hands of a professional who can judge the healthiest way to treat your hair. Make sure that you’re deep-conditioning and treating your hair regularly alongside any processing.
- Regular trims - it sounds counter-productive but regular trims can actually help hair health as it stops split ends, which reduces breakage. Split and broken hair can look thinner and make it more difficult to grow your hair long.
- Scalp massage - gentle scalp massage may help to promote new growth and a healthier scalp. Go easy, especially if your hair is sensitive, and maybe invest in a scalp massage tool to avoid damage.
- Hair growth products - there are some on the market that are backed by science (and lots that aren’t), but they may not work for everyone - don’t be discouraged if you don’t see results straight away.