Many people have to deal with thinning hair at some point. The condition comes in so many shapes and sizes that it is often difficult to pinpoint exactly why the hair is falling out. Medication and other drug treatments can help, but there are also many things you can do yourself to treat thinning hair-no matter what the cause. Go to Step 1 to learn how to treat thinning hair.
Part 1 of 3: Stimulating hair growth
Step 1. Use mild hair care products
If you notice your hair is thinning, switch to 100% natural, mild hair care products. Many shampoos, conditioners, hairsprays, and other hair products contain chemicals that are quite harsh on the scalp and hair. These products can accelerate hair loss and damage remaining hair.
- Use shampoo that does not contain sulfates or alcohol. These ingredients dry out the hair and damage it.
- Look for a conditioner that does not contain silicones. These weigh down the hair, and sulfate is needed to rinse out the conditioner.
- Look for hair care products made from natural ingredients in health food stores.
Step 2. Comb your hair instead of brushing it
Brushing usually pulls out more hair, especially if you brush the hair when the hair is wet. The best way to get the tangles out of your hair is to use a wide-toothed comb. Start at the ends, comb out the tangles at the bottom first, and work your way to the root.
Step 3. Let it air dry
To avoid pulling a lot of hair out of your head after a shower, pat your hair dry with a soft towel - don't over-dry or wring it out. Rather let your hair air dry than use a blow dryer. The heat from the blow dryer can cause hair to dry out and break. Air-drying your hair as much as possible will stimulate new hair growth.
Step 4. Use styling methods without heat
In addition, avoid curling irons, flat irons, or other things you use to style your hair that use heat. Try to embrace the natural texture of your hair, and leave it alone as much as possible. If you do use such items, set them to the lowest, coolest setting.
You can also curl your hair without heat or straighten without heat
Step 5. Avoid hairstyles that pull on your hair
Tight braids, weaves, and other pulled back hairstyles make hair fall out faster. Rather, try letting your hair loose, or tucking it back loosely. Do not use elastic bands or pins that can pull on your hair.
Step 6. Massage the scalp with a nourishing oil, such as almond, mustard, coconut, or jojoba oil
It is said that massaging the scalp can stimulate hair growth by increasing blood flow to the hair follicles. Get into the habit of massaging your scalp when you're in the shower. Place your fingertips on the scalp and rub your head in circular motions. Start close to your forehead, then work your way to the sides and back of your head. Focus mainly on the areas where the hair is thinning.
Step 7. Consider trying a hair growth treatment
The most popular form of hair growth treatment is the use of minoxidil. This is available in cream or foam, and you apply it to the scalp twice a day. It can take up to 12 weeks to start working. Many people experience regrowth with minoxidil. However, there are health risks associated with the use of this product that you should be aware of. Other options include:
- Hair transplant. Hair is transplanted from a place on the scalp where a lot of hair still grows to places where the hair is thinning.
- Scalp surgery. Bald spots are surgically removed and the incision is covered with a hairy scalp.
Part 2 of 3: Finding the root cause
Step 1. See if there is a hormonal cause
The most common cause of thinning hair, in both men and women, is a genetic disorder that causes the sex hormones to cause hair loss. Although both male and female pattern baldness are permanent, there are steps you can take to slow down and treat the process.
- Sometimes hormone fluctuations can lead to temporary hair loss. Women who are pregnant, have stopped using contraception, or are going through the menopause may experience temporary thinning hair.
- Handling the hair with care, using 100% natural hair products, and changing hairstyles can slow down hormonal hair loss.
Step 2. Determine whether there is a medical cause
Certain medical conditions can cause hair loss. Treating these conditions can slow or halt hair loss. If you are concerned that you may be suffering from any of the conditions below, ask your doctor about an appropriate treatment plan so that your hair can grow back.
- Thyroid problems. If the thyroid gland is not working properly, more hair than usual can fall out.
- Scalp infections and skin conditions. Hair loss can be the result of a skin condition such as ringworm. Treating this condition can cause hair to grow back.
- Alopecia areata. This is a condition in which the immune system attacks the hair follicles.
Step 3. Check your medication
Certain medications can lead to hair loss. If you are taking medications that report hair loss as a side effect, ask your doctor about alternatives. Sometimes it is not possible to take other drugs, but it is worth looking into. Drugs used to treat the following conditions often lead to thinning hair:
- heart problems
- High bloodpressure
Step 4. See if stress is the culprit
Hair loss can be caused by physical or mental shock, as well as ongoing stress. Any type of shock can have a physical effect, and hair loss is common with these conditions.
If you have chronic stress, managing that stress is an important way to keep yourself in good physical shape
Part 3 of 3: Making lifestyle changes
Step 1. Reduce the stress
Since stress can cause hair loss, it is important to take measures that can lower the stress level - thus slowing down the process. If you lead a stressful life, try taking the following steps to unwind:
- Sleep more. Sleep deprivation causes your body to produce more of the stress hormone cortisol.
- Exercise regularly.
- Try meditation or yoga.
Step 2. Eat more protein
Your hair is largely made up of proteins, and if you don't get enough of it, it can cause hair loss. Thinning hair is common among vegetarians and vegans who don't get enough protein. Try consuming more of the following foods:
- Fish, chicken, beef, and pork.
- Black beans, chickpeas, and other legumes.
- Dairy products.
Step 3. Eat omega 3 fatty acids
The body needs omega-3 fatty acids to make new hair. Getting enough omega 3 is therefore essential for hair growth. So try to eat more of the following foods:
Step 4. Take biotin supplements
Biotin is a B vitamin found in animal products and can lead to healthier hair, healthier nails, and healthier skin. Biotin supplements are therefore often marketed as hair growth supplements. Take biotin supplements as recommended, or increase the amount of foods that contain biotin you eat-think liver and other meat products, as well as walnuts and leafy greens.
- It's best to treat thinning hair as soon as possible-as soon as you find yourself losing more hair than you should. This can prevent further hair loss.
- If your hair is thinning, try giving it a break from harsh chemicals and heat. Do not dye or perm your hair for a while, and replace hair products with alcohol with alcohol-free products. Leave your hair dryer, curling iron, straightener, etc. in the closet for a few weeks.
- Men who suffer from thinning hair at a young age will benefit if they start addressing the problem as early as possible - this can help boost their confidence.
- If you visit the doctor for your thinning hair, discuss the medications you are taking. Some medications can cause hair loss.
- Apply castor oil to the scalp and hair and let it sit overnight. You will see a difference within a week.
- Due to potential health risks, certain medications prescribed for male hair loss should not be taken by women. Do not take any medicines that have not been specifically prescribed for you by the doctor.
- If your medications are causing the thinning hair, don't stop. Rather, ask your doctor about the other options available to you.
- Don't skip any medications that are meant to help treat the thinning hair. You should take them regularly and in accordance with the prescription to achieve the best results.
- Don't get discouraged if certain methods don't work. It is better to consult your doctor if you are considering other options, such as hair transplants or laser treatments. You can also ask a hairstylist about hairpieces or wigs.