7 hair-thinning habits
Thinning hair: touchy subject? I think so. Especially seeing as I’m a sufferer myself. While we might not like to admit it, thinning hair isn’t just down to genetics. Sorry, but we gotta take some of the blame. There are a number of lifestyle choices, and bad hair ones - we make on a daily basis that attribute to the loss of hair. From what we eat to how we style affects the strength of our hair fibers. But there is good news: thicker hair is achievable, it’s just about making a few simple tweaks.
Here’s 7 of the worst strand sabotagers, and how to get them out of your routine... for good!
When the heat is high, the hair will shed
Clogged the drain in the shower again? There’s a reason it keeps happening. Did you know that much like our skin, hot water dehydrates our strands, lending itself prone to snapping and shedding? You see, when the heat of the water hits your hair, the sebum is washed away. This process is inevitable no matter what the water temperature, but the hotter the water, the harder your scalp has to work to produce oil, and the more vulnerable you are to malting.
Save your strands and turn the temp down a few degrees. It may be a little chillier but your hair will thank you for it. Toughen up, princess.
We love nothing more than a product that promises to give ‘all day mega hold’ (am I right?!) but truth be told, they’re making our locks dry and brittle. And what does brittle hair lead to? Thinning. The high alcohol content alone ain’t great, but then we brush and tease to the nth degree without mercy. When you really think about it, our locks don’t stand a chance
Save your strands by skipping out the products that make your hair stiff or sticky. If you’re prone to losing a coupla strands (or twenty), reach for soft-hold solutions like styling creams or mousse that keep the hair’s moisture intact and don’t create friction when brushing. KMS California ADDVOLUME Styling Foam promises to give you hold, without the breakage.
You got tight buns, hun
Excessive tension from tight hairstyles stresses hair follicles, damaging them and creating irreparable scars that can lead to traction alopecia, a condition that permanently weakens the follicle and makes it impossible for the hair to grow.
Save your stands and loosen up! Wear your hair down when you can, and when its necessary to tie it back, keep it soft. If you feel a pull like you’ve had a mini facelift, it’s clearly way too tight. Try the Gliders Velvet Soft Touch Elastics, which are designed to provide a soft hold that won't cause any damage.
The Itchy and Scratchy Show
It’s hard not to go in for the scratch when you have an itch, but test your willpower and try to resist the temptation. Scratching the scalp rubs the roots of hair follicles together, resulting in hair damage and thinning.
Save your strands and try washing your hair with a few drops of tea tree oil to relieve the dry itchiness or opt for a shampoo that contains selenium like Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care 2in1. If you try and and are still suffering from the dreaded itch, it might be time to consult the Doc.
Shedding kilos (of hair, that is)
While our bodies are incredibly clever machines, when you starve yourself, it doesn’t know what the f$%^ is up. Our brain goes into starvation mode, and focuses all the energy it has on regulating essential body function, like helping your heart to keep on pumping. This means it doesn’t have time to think about things like hair growth, and so it quits producing it.
Save your strands and eat a healthy diet with plenty of lean protein - it’s a sure fire way to ensure those locks just keep on flowin’.
Soaking up the sun
Even if you’ve given up tanning (a wise move), chances are your hair hasn’t escaped the clutches of UV rays, that eat away at the strength and elasticity. Prolonged UV exposure causes layers of the cuticle to weaken and break, and ultimately, hair loss.
Save your strands and give your hair the royal treatment by using a leave-in conditioner with built-in sunscreen like Kerastase Soleil Micro-Voile Protecteur. A wide brimmed hat won’t hurt, either.
Taking certain medications
If you’re one of many in the vast sea of women who experience hormonal changes while on the contractive pill such as hair shedding and thinning, it might be worth considering different birth control options. A pill that contains androgens is likely to cause hair loss (among other things) for someone who is ‘androgen sensitive’.
Save your strands and switch to a low-androgen index birth control pill. If you’re wondering whether you’re one of the lucky few (I kid) who have androgen sensitivity, consult your Doc. They’ll help a sister out.
Hair thickening products to try
Start on the road to happy hair by using products that actually work. Maintain a healthy scalp and grow thicker, stronger hair with products that are clinically proven to promote growth and reduce hair loss.
Save your strands with the évolis® shampoo for women and évolis® topical hair loss treatment for women and start expecting reduced hair loss when washing or brushing, improved hair growth and hair thickness.
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