Forty percent of hair loss sufferers in the United States are women. It is an issue that concerns most women and becomes even more worrisome as they age and the risk increases. Addressing the problem of thinning hair requires effort, but luckily there is a lot of help available. Here are several ways that women can fight their hair loss.
1. Identify the Problem
Sometimes thinning hair is more than a cosmetic issue. A medical concern could be to blame for the loss. Thyroid disorders, some forms of cancer and muscular dystrophy all cause hair loss. If the hair is suddenly coming out in handfuls it could be alopecia areata. This disease mysteriously causes the immune system to attack the hair follicles.
Schedule an appointment with a doctor to rule out medical concerns. A doctor can also identify treatable conditions, like scalp psoriasis and food allergies, and help get the problem under control.
2. Choose a Style
Increase the volume of the hair to help hide thinning areas. Consider a side part, layers or a blunt cut. Short and medium bobs and pixie cuts are all youthful, fun and effective options. Talk to a stylist about the problem to see what they think would work best. How severe the problem is and the location of the thin patches help to determine your options.
3. Change the Color
The best way to instantly create the illusion of thicker hair is to use color to increase the depth. This is done by adding color variations rather than one solid shade. Add a slightly darker tone at the roots or include highlights throughout the hair.
4. Update Your Products
Choose shampoo, conditioner and styling products carefully. The key is to look for formulas that contain ingredients that either thicken the hair or produce more volume. These ingredients include panthenol, collagen, protein and keratin and vitamin B-5. Avoid heavy sprays and other styling aids that weigh down the hair and reduce the volumizing effect.
5. Improve Your Diet
A poor diet could be to blame. Foods that contain zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, protein and vitamins B, C and D all help to combat the problems that lead to thinning hair. Consider adding foods like berries, fruits and vegetables as well as almonds, salmon and lean meat to your diet. Limit sugar intake to avoid insulin spikes that could increase hair loss.
6. Make Some Changes
Lifestyle changes are often required to increase hair growth and slow down hair loss. Clinical studies have shown that smoking and the consumption of alcohol could be to blame for premature graying and hair loss. Heavy drinkers are more at risk than people who consume moderate amounts of alcohol, but any amount of smoking appears to be too much.
Stress is also a common cause of hair loss for women. Stress reduction techniques like meditation, warm baths and an occasional massage could slow down the rate of the hair loss, and they are beneficial to your overall health as well.
7. Discuss Other Solutions
Some women are genetically predisposed to hair loss and must find ways to cover the thin spots. Hair extensions are an option if the remaining hair is strong enough to support them. It is a good idea to have extensions added by a stylist rather than taking a risk with clip-in versions. Let the stylist determine if your hair is healthy enough for this method.
Thinning hair is a common concern, but it does not have to be a lifelong problem. Solutions exist for healthier, thicker and more beautiful hair. At Detour Salon, our team wants everyone to look and feel their best. Schedule an appointment and learn more about what we can do for you.