3 reasons your hair might be thinning
Now that we’ve identified the difference between fine hair and thinning hair, let’s talk about why you might be experiencing abnormal hair loss or thinning.
With the help of Advangen scientist Joseph Haklani, we look at the three key factors of hair thinning, and find out how you can treat the issue.
#1 Your DIET
A balanced diet is beneficial for not only your body, but also your hair growth. Rapidly losing weight thanks to restrictive and ‘crash’ diets can affect all phases of the hair growth cycle, and Joseph says this lack of nutrients can make hair grow at a slower rate.
During the growth phase of the hair cycle, nutrient deficiencies can stop new hairs from developing and cause existing hairs to prematurely shed. This is called Telogen Effluvium, and it’s a scalp disorder that forces your hair follicles into the telogen phase too early in the cycle. This means that once your hair falls out, the result can lead to hair thinning as the new ‘replacement’ hairs have not yet had a chance to develop.
#2 Your AGE
As you age, your body becomes less efficient at repairing itself - a problem that also impacts your hair growth cycle. “It is common for the growth phase of your hair cycle to shorten over time, while the resting phase can lengthen,” says Joseph. And while we can’t pinpoint the exact age this happens, we can treat age related hair thinning and encourage healthy hair growth with the help of évolis. So, let’s be proactive with our locks, ladies (and gents)!
#3 Your STRESS LEVELS
While the average head of hair has around 90,000-150,000 strands, you typically lose around 100 of these a day, most of which you won’t even notice. However, when your body goes through significant stress - due to diet, anxiety, illness, medication and so on - the rate of lost strands can skyrocket. This change in your body’s routine functions can cause a disproportionate number of hairs to go into the resting phase at once, and then shed. As Joseph explains, in these circumstances, around 90 percent of the hair “in the growing phase can shift all at once into the resting or ‘shedding phase’”, resulting in abnormal hair thinning. The lesson here? Do everything you can to keep your stress levels down and your diet balanced, and seek advice about the cause of your excessive hair loss.
So, we’ve covered the triggers of hair thinning, and that’s the first step. If you’re concerned your hair might be thinning, you can act fast to treat the problem. évolis is specifically formulated to work on active hair follicles (i.e. follicles still producing new hairs in the hair growth cycle) to reduce hair thinning and promote healthy hair growth. évolis hair treatments for men and women combine active ingredients with botanical extracts to extend the hair cycle, resulting in less hair fall and increased hair growth. As always, if you’re experiencing symptoms of hair thinning, it’s important to consult your doctor or dermatologist to determine the cause.
Have you noticed a change in your hair growth recently? What have you done to treat it?