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How to treat: Thinning hair

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How to treat: Thinning hair 

To treat thinning hair, you need to find the underlying cause first. This could include things like hormones and stress. Boost your hair growth by using gentle shampoos and allowing your hair to hair dry. Make some lifestyle changes. Reduce your stress and eat more protein and omega-3s.

Finding the Underlying Cause

1. See if hormonal causes are at play. The most common cause of thinning hair for both men and women is a hereditary condition in which sex hormones cause hair to fall out in a particular pattern. While male or female pattern baldness is permanent, there are certainly measures you can take to slow it down and treat it.
  • Sometimes hormonal fluctuations lead to impermanent hair loss. Women who are pregnant, have discontinued birth control, or are going through menopause may experience temporary hair thinning.
  • Handling the hair gently, using all-natural hair products and changing your hair style can help slow the progression of hormone-related thinning.
2. Determine if it's a medical condition. Certain medical conditions can cause hair loss. Treating these conditions can help slow or halt hair loss. If you are concerned you may have one of the following conditions, talk to your doctor about starting a treatment program so your hair will start growing back in.[2]
  • Thyroid issues. When your thyroid isn't working properly, you might notice more hair falling out than usual.
  • Scalp infections and skin disorders. Hair loss might result from a skin condition like ringworm. Treating the issue can help the hair grow back.
  • Alopecia areata. This is a disorder in which the body's immune system actually attacks hair follicles.
3. Check your medications. Certain medications lead to hair loss. If you're on a medication that lists hair loss as a side effect, you can discuss other options with your doctor. It may not be possible to switch to another medication, but it's worth looking into. Drugs used to treat the following conditions commonly lead to hair thinning:
  1. Cancer
  2. Depression
  3. Heart problems
  4. Arthritis
  5. High blood pressure

4.Figure out if stress is the culprit. Hair loss can result from physical or mental shock as well as ongoing stress. Any type of shock to the system is going to have a physical effect, and hair loss is a common occurrence when these conditions are at play.
  • If you're chronically stressed, dealing the causes of your stress is an important way to keep yourself in good physical condition.

Boosting Hair Growth

1. Use gentle hair products. When you notice your hair is thinning, making the switch to all-natural, gentle hair products is a good idea. Many shampoos, conditioners, hair sprays and other products contain chemicals that are hard on the scalp and hair and can speed up hair loss and damage the hair that's left.

  • Use shampoo that doesn't contain sulfates or any type of alcohol. These ingredients are very drying and damaging to hair.
  • Look for conditioner that doesn't contain silicones. These weigh down the hair and require sulfate shampoos to rinse out.
  • Look in health food stores for hair styling products made with natural ingredients.

2. Comb instead of brushing. Brushing your hair tends to pull more of it out, especially when you brush your hair while it's wet. The gentlest way to get the tangles out is by using a wide-tooth comb. Start near the tips of your hair, combing out the tangles at the bottom first, and work your way up to the roots.

3. Let it air dry. To keep from pulling out too much hair after your shower, pat it gently with a soft towel - don't wring it out or towel it roughly. Let it air dry instead of using a hair dryer, since the heat from a hair dryer can cause hair to dry out and break. Letting your hair air dry as often as possible will help promote new hair growth.
4. Use heat-free styling techniques. Along the same lines, avoid using curling irons, straightening irons, or any other type of hot styling tool to style your hair. Try embracing your natural hair texture and leaving it alone whenever possible. When you do use heat styling tools, use the lowest, coolest setting you can.

  • There are plenty of ways to style your hair without heat - experiment with different ways to curl or straighten your hair and find out what method works for you.

5. Avoid hairstyles that pull on your hair. Tight braids, weaves, and other pulled-back hairstyles can cause hair to pull out more easily. Try wearing your hair down or pulled back loosely. Avoid hair elastics and barrettes that might tug on your hair.
6. Massage your scalp with a nutritional oil like egg oil or almond/mustard/coconut/jojoba oil. It is said that massaging your scalp can stimulate hair growth by increasing circulation around your hair follicles. Start making a habit of massaging your scalp while you're in the shower. Place the pads of your fingers on your scalp and rub your scalp in a circular motion. Start near your forehead and make your way along the sides and back of your head, concentrating in areas that are thinning.
7. Consider trying a hair growth treatment. The most popular hair growth treatment is minoxidil. It comes in the form of a cream or foam that is applied to the scalp twice a day, and it can take up to 12 weeks to start working. Many people experience some regrowth with minoxidil. There are health risks associated with minoxidil, outlined by USFDA you should be aware of. Other options include the following:

  • Hair transplants. Hairs are transplanted from an area of your scalp with thick growth to the areas that are thinning.
  • Scalp surgery. Bald spots are surgically removed, and the incision is closed up with hair-covered scalp on either side.

Making Lifestyle Changes

Lower your stress. Since being stressed out can cause hair loss, taking measures to decrease your stress level might help to slow it down. If you lead a high-stress life, try the following measures to calm down on a daily basis:
  • Get more sleep. Lack of sleep causes your body to produce the stress hormone cortisol.
  • Exercise frequently.
  • Try meditating or yoga.

Eat more protein. It's one of the building blocks of your hair, and if you aren't getting enough, hair loss can occur. Thinning hair is common among vegetarians and vegans who aren't taking in enough protein. Try eating more of the following foods:
  • Fish, chicken, beef and pork
  • Black beans, chickpeas and other legumes
  • Tofu
  • Dairy products

Eat omega-3s. The body needs omega-3 fatty acids to create new hair. Getting plenty of omega-3s is essential for hair growth, so try stepping up your intake of the following foods:
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Walnuts
  • Avocados

Take biotin supplements. Biotin is a B vitamin found in animal products that leads to healthy hair, skin and nails.[3] Biotin supplements are often marketed as hair-growth supplements for this reason. Take biotin supplements as recommended or increase your intake of foods containing biotin, like liver and other meat products as well as walnuts and leafy greens.



  1. Hi, I'm looking to cut my hair short but I have very thin hair, and all the styles I've seen and liked are for thicker-haired folks. If you could tell me/show pics of styles for thin hair I would appreciate it very much, and please tell me how to properly care for/style. Thank you so much!

  2. You have thin hair? Treat your hair like that of a baby's hair, LOTS OF TLCs. I know you're an adult now with adult hair, but there are symptoms for bleaching, hair straightening, relaxing, crimping hair even to normal hair types. Imagine that happening to your hair, I mean as you've experienced already no product can improve your style. That's another reason why the hair industry is a billion dollar business, but they do not give money back guarantee for damaged hair or hair loss due to 'abuse', and hair loss happen more to people with thin or coarse hair. HEAT & CHEMICALS are hair's worst enemies, specially worst for people with thin hair. If it's longer, you can braid them the night before, take the braids out, finger comb, and your hair will be thicker, curlier for days!

    If you want your hair to look THICK:
    Thick hair comes from your good genes, no hair product can make your hair thicker, even though they said it will, until your next shampoo. It is a billion dollar business, btw.

    But, you can make your hair thicker, see Chris Jenner - Kim's mom, how she does that! She set her top layers of hair in plastic curlers - had been seen working away @ home or office with 6 curlers on. Blow dry. Let them cool. Take the curlers out. Tousle with your hands and you're good to go! Simple!

    Myth: You can't make flat, fine hair look full of body.
    Truth: Five minutes with a set of large hot rollers will add life to straight hair.

  3. try for a short layered bob, it adds volume to the end and makes it look fuller, wear some hair serum and tease a bit at the bottom, voluming shampoo like Aussie will do.
    Thanks for coming,

  4. I am 47 and I have always had thin hair since I was 19 but haven't gone bald. Recently, I started losing more hair and I am afraid I may go bald so started worrying about it. Besides surgery, is there any other way to prevent more hair loss and promote hair growth?

  5. Have you had any blood tests done? Sometimes hair loss in women has a very specific cause such as thyroid problems or anaemia.
    This could result in severe baldness so better you could consult to the doctor that would be better for you.