Picture this: you are pulling your hair into a ponytail or combing your hair in the mirror. Something doesn’t look quite right. What was once a thick and lush collection of healthy strands is now demonstrating signs of thinning. The ponytail isn’t as thick. The comb must manipulate the hair differently to cover the small sections of the bare scalp peeking under your strands.
Your hair is thinning, and immediately you want to do something about it. Thinning hair is a byproduct of aging. As we age, our hair follicles are not as active as they once were. The resting phase of the hair growth cycle gets a little longer; therefore, hair gets a little thinner as older hair falls out or sheds. Certain medical conditions can also cause your hair to be thin, including stress, hormonal changes, nutrient deficiencies, or reactions to certain medications.
If you’re unsure if your hair is thinning or if you’re just naturally shedding your locks as part of the normal hair growth cycle, you can conduct this simple test:
Set a timer for one minute. Grab a comb and gently comb your hair forward, from the back of your head to the front. This may feel a little backward, but this is important. Continue until your timer goes off. After the minute, collect and count the strands you’ve shed during the test. You could see anywhere from 10 to 20 strands, give or take, depending on your age. If you see a lot more, something may be impacting your hair growth cycle.
Thinning Hair Treatment
Do not fret. There is thinning hair help when you need it the most. You don’t have to wait until you lose all your precious hair or until you feel self-conscious. Let’s take a look at some of the things you can do.
- Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioners Are Your Friends – Take a look at your current shampoo and conditioner. You want products with limited chemicals that offer volumizing components. These will help support hair health and reduce the appearance of thinning hair. When you wash your hair, be gentle and rinse with cool water. Remember, you do not have to wash your hair daily. In fact, overwashing can contribute to excess shedding.
- Leave-In Conditioner for Extra Care – Speaking of volumizing shampoo and conditioner, you may want to invest in some leave-in conditioner for your locks. This will provide much-needed moisture and increase strength and shine while protecting your hair from unwanted elements. Plus, it leaves your hair silky soft! If you don’t want to try a leave-in conditioner, consider treating yourself to a relaxing conditioning hair mask. Simply apply the mask to your strands, set a timer, and read a book or watch your favorite show while the mask works its magic.
- Loosen Up Your Style – Tight braids, tight ponytails, or anything that puts excess tension on your locks may contribute to hair thinning and loss. Be sure to use gentle elastics such as flexible scrunchies for ponytails and avoid tight styles. These types of styles can prematurely break and damage your hair. Loosen them up. Your hair will thank you.
- Unhand the Heat – We know that super straight locks or beautiful bouncy curls are signature aspects of hairstyles galore. But when you are looking for thinning hair help, you will want to pass on the heat. Keep your blow dryer in a warm setting instead of super hot. Use straighteners sparingly. If you must use heat styling tools, consider applying a hair protectant serum to lock in moisture before adding the heat.
- Examine Your Diet – In some cases, medical conditions, chronic stress, genetics, or aging are not the culprits to blame when it comes to thinning hair. The actual suspect may be your diet! If your diet lacks nutrients such as zinc, iron, proteins like biotin, and Vitamin C, your hair follicles may be deprived of the much-needed building blocks they need to survive and thrive.
- Enjoy a Gentle Scalp Massage – Regular scalp massages feel very relaxing. They can help reduce stress and promote calm and general well-being. From a scientific standpoint, scalp massages stimulate blood flow and circulation throughout the scalp, delivering much-needed vitamins and nutrients to your hair follicles.
- Experiment with Essential Oils – Those delightfully smelling bottles of natural essential oils may contain hair-healing properties to stimulate new growth. You can try lavender oil, peppermint oil, tea tree oil, or rosemary oil. Simply add a carrier oil to the essential oil, such as olive oil or coconut oil, and apply it to your scalp and strands. If you don’t use a carrier oil and apply the essential oil directly onto your scalp, you may feel a not-so-great burning sensation.
Beyond Home Remedies
Maybe you’ve tried some of the above thinning hair treatments. Maybe you need something more targeted to combat thinning hair, like a non-surgical hair restoration treatment.
Density+ is a restorative treatment that will regrow hair from active follicles. A combined in-salon treatment with an at-home regimen can help with hair regrowth and unclogging follicles that may be suffocated by excess sebum.
Micro Point is a strand-by-strand solution that minimizes the appearance of thinning areas by knotting 2-4 strands of hair into a single strand. This process will create density and volume.
Hair Replacement treatment uses medical-grade adhesives to bond a hair replacement unit to your hair or scalp. Repeat every 4-6 weeks to maintain your luscious and full-headed locks.You can learn more about these three specific thinning hair treatments at ZaZa Salon and Day Spa. The ZaZa team are hair experts who use the utmost discretion and compassion when it comes to hair restoration treatment (and all services, to be honest). You can book a consultation to determine the best treatment option to meet your haircare needs and help you feel your best and most beautiful self.