How To Fix Thinning Hair

Thinning hair can happen to anyone, at any age and for a variety of different reasons. Luckily for us, whatever the cause, there are preventative measures available to deter the process.

Why It’s Happening
When it comes to hair loss, there are two main types that affect women. “It’s either temporary (telogen effluvium) or longer- lasting (female pattern hair loss),” says New York dermatologist Gary Goldenberg, MD. Temporary hair loss from hormones, stress, genes or diet is more common than female-pattern hair loss. “We tend to 
see a lot of post-pregnancy women complaining about hair that’s falling out, which is a temporary situation because of a shift in hormones that often goes away on its own.” New York dermatologist Dendy Engelman, MD, adds, “Extreme tension on the hair from extensions, certain braided hairstyles and even harsh straightening or color chemicals can cause hair to thin.”

The Solution
According to Pantene celebrity stylist Kim Kimble, if your hair is starting to thin, a good haircut is in order. “Women who have thinning hair should get haircuts regularly to make sure their cut is even. They should also ask their stylist for long layers, which will add weight and fullness to hide signs of thinning.”

What to Avoid if Your Hair is Thinning
1. Don’t brush your hair when it’s wet- comb it instead, which is gentler on hair.

2. Don’t shampoo using strong water pressure. “You especially don’t want to let it hit the top of your head,” says celebrity hairstylist Mohammad Rahebi. 

3. Steer clear of wearing your hair long. Rahebi adds, “Short to medium-layered haircuts work best because they enhance hair’s fullness.

4. Try not to go dark when it comes to color. “Lighter shades will make hair appear fuller than darker shades,” advises Rahebi.

  • Ana Rodriguez
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    I agree with Thin Hair Girl, I am going to be 54 in Nov, and I started losing my hair due to chemicals dyes, and age, I found shorter hair cuts make me look older and more fatigue sort of to masculine looking. As I let my hair grow back I stop dying my hair, and brushing it, it is still thinning however, I rather deal with longer thinning hair, rather than shorter thinning hair. I am going to go to the dermatologist but I will never cut it to short again.

  • thin hair all my life
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    I agree that chin or shoulder length hair is best but I have always said no to layering - for me my hair looks fullest only if my hair is cut same length and slightly curled inwards. I have extremely fine Scandinavian hair - stopped going to hair dressers decades ago because they claimed they "could not see my hair" thus the poor cuts. Now I'm 70 and my blond hair still shimmers like gold and unless it's windy my hair looks elegant. Easy to take care of.

  • Thin hair girl
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    I disagree about the hair cutting. Some of us don't look good in short hair, and too often hair dressers use thin hair as an excuse to chop hair off versus trying other alternatives to make their clients look their best. Having short, thin hair makes someone look much older than they really are. I have had thin fine hair all my life and was given pixie cut after pixie cut, which made me look awful. Yes, my hair was healthy, but I looked like a boy in a world where Rapunzel was the ideal. And then as I got older I shared the same hairstyles as grannies until I turned 25 and finally learned on my own about hair extensions. My life and self esteem improved immensely! For me, it is better to have long hair and accept that extensions or wigs are going to be part of my daily grooming routine than try to have healthy natural hair.

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