6 tips to prevent hair thinning in women
While hair loss is less common amongst women compared to men, it is still cause for concern when you notice your hair line receding, losing more strands of hair daily or simply losing volume and thickness. It may seem hair loss boils down to genetics, but age also plays a part in hair thinning.
If you are noticing thinning hair, here are some tips you might like to try to restore a fuller head of hair.
#1 Let loose
Whenever possible, wear your hair loose and avoid tight ponytails and braids or any hair styles that pull on the hairs along your hairline which can exacerbate hair loss and hair thinning. If you do need to wear a ponytail, use an elastic band that doesn’t have metal, is soft on hair and won’t damage them.
#2 Stop using hair tools that uses high heat
Heat is not your hair’s best friend. It weakens the hair strands and causes hair strands to become brittle and break. If you do need to rely on a hair straightener or a curling iron to tame your locks into place, be sure not to leave it any one area of your hair for too long and move it every 10 seconds or so.
If you hear sizzling or burn yourself from using such products, more often than not the heat setting is too high and you are likely to be burning your hair too. When possible, allow your hair to dry naturally and invest in a heat protecting spray that will reduce heat-induced damage.
#3 Steer clear of chemical processing
Chemical processing treatments offered at hair salons are just as damaging if not more damaging than hair tools using high heat, and should be avoided if you want to strengthen your hair. Examples of chemical processing include chemically straightening your hair, and bleaching and lightening your hair which can all cause damage to your hair, weakening it and resulting in hair loss.
If you are experiencing hair thinning or hair loss, stick to your natural style and colour as much as possible to minimise further damage and give your hair a better chance of restoring its fullness.
#4 Take your vitamins
When it comes to your crowning glory, you are what you eat. Vitamins and minerals such as iron, zinc and vitamin B12 are what you should be consuming more of if you want to improve your hair health. Be sure to include plenty of leafy greens, nuts, beans, fish and lean meats which all make up the essential nutrients you need for a healthy diet and healthy hair.
#5 Use targeted hair products to encourage hair growth
Minoxidil is the only over-the-counter medication for hair loss that is FDA-approved to treat hair loss in both men and women. Look out for hair care products that contain Minoxidil. It may not rescue a receding hairline but it will encourage hair growth. Be it a shampoo or a topical serum that contains minoxidil, using at least one of these could help to restore healthier, thicker hair.
#6 Seek out laser therapy
Not just for the face, lasers now can be used to rejuvenate thinning hair in both men and women. Using FDA-approved low level laser therapy, Revage 670 is one of the latest breakthroughs in non-surgical hair restoration, with the cool laser energy stimulating blood flow to the hair follicles and encourages the growth for thicker, more supple hair shafts.