Are you worried about your thinning hair?
Are you literally tearing your hair out because you are convinced that your hair is getting thinner. Have you wondered what has happened to your thick and crowning glory? Are you scared that you are regressing back to babyhood and will soon be bald.
Fear not, the problem may not be as critical as you imagine, even if you are over 40. and your hair is beginning to thin out.
If you want to regain your beautiful thick locks then you might want to try one or more of the tips below.
1. SWITCH TO A THICKENING SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER.
Look for ingredients like panthenol (vitamin B5) and oat protein, which will fatten up your strands. And don’t skip conditioner, even if it usually makes your hair limp. Instead, apply before you shampoo (hair will be less greasy) or use a lighter formula on ends. “The cuticles on hair are like shingles on a roof,” says Thom Priano, a hairstylist at Garren New York in New York City. “When you omit the conditioner step, you get more friction, which in turn further stresses damaged hair.”
2. TRY STYLING SOLUTIONS THAT DON’T REQUIRE HEAT.
“I tell my clients with thinning hair to avoid heat, overstyling, and tight ponytails whenever possible. The constant pull weakens the hair follicle,” says Priano. Whenever possible, let hair air-dry.
3. CONSIDER A NEW CUT.
“Many times a hairdresser can do more for you than I can,” says Philadelphia dermatologist George Cotsarelis, M.D., director of the University of Pennsylvania Hair and Scalp Clinic. Hair-thickening options include a layered or shaggy cut, deep bangs that mask sparse areas around your temples, or a “messy” style with an off-center part.
4. TRY A NEW COLOR.
Hair dye may be the best medicine. “Adding color can rough up the cuticle, which makes hair drier but thicker,” says Dr. Bergfeld. To maintain elasticity, try a once-weekly mask. Avoid extremely dark or light shades (which both draw attention to the scalp). And build depth with a few carefully placed highlights or lowlights around the face — too many highlights may weaken strands.
5. STOCK UP ON SOME VITAMIN D.
Vitamin D may also be key to hair vitality, according to some research. “Increasing vitamin D stores seems to bring hair back,” says Dr. Bergfeld, who advises getting dosing advice for these supplements from your doctor.