Although some men may expect to lose their hair as they age, thinning hair in women can come as an unpleasant surprise. A variety of conditions, including genetic factors, can cause a woman’s hair to fall out, leading to thinning and baldness. Your doctor can help you determine what is causing your lush mane to shed and may be able to diagnose and treat any underlying conditions. In addition to proper medical care, there are things you can do to care for your thinning hair and enhance its appearance.
Wash your hair with a shampoo that boosts the volume of the strands. Volumizing shampoos that contain rice or wheat proteins help thicken the appearance of your hair. Shampoo gently and rinse well.
Baby Your Locks
Avoid stretching your hair or pulling on the strands. Some hairstyles, such as tight braiding and hair extensions create enough tension to pull the hair from the scalp. Even the repeated use of tight ponytails can cause excessive thinning. Known as tension alopecia, this can permanently damage hair follicles over time. Brush gently and allow your hair to fall freely, selecting styles that don’t create tension on your hair.
Skip the Chemicals
Even thick hair can experience damage from chemical treatments, causing the appearance of thinning locks. According to Dr. Judith Reichman, health editor for MSNBC’s “Today” show, certain chemicals, such as bleaches, dyes, straighteners and perm solutions, can cause individual strands to become brittle and break. Eliminating the use of these harsh products can help your hair return to a healthier state.
The University of Maryland Medical Center suggests that a well-balanced diet can help prevent some causes of hair loss. Eat whole grains, dark leafy greens, fruits and lean meats. Limit your intake of refined breads, sugars, coffee and alcohol. The medical center also suggests taking a multivitamin to address nutritional deficiencies.
Focus on Flexibility
Avoid the use of stiff hairsprays. These maximum-hold sprays can cause the hair shaft to fracture and break when you try to brush your hair. Select flexible hair sprays or allow your hair to go naked to avoid damaging your thinning hair.
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