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.”
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.