Many women experience a gradual thinning of their hair, as they grow older. Due to heredity, hormones or other conditions, thinning hair may cause distress. Pregnancy, stress, diet and illness can cause your hair to become thin. Certain styling techniques and products, such as permanent wave solutions and bleaches, can also lead to thinning hair. Choose a style that works with the texture of your hair and enhance the look of your thinning hair with products formulated to create the appearance of thicker locks.
Use a shampoo that boosts the volume of your hair strands. Look for shampoos formulated for use on thin hair. Many brands of shampoo contain formulas with ingredients that make your hair look thicker and fuller. Rinse thoroughly to remove any residue that may flatten your hair and make it look even thinner.
Like shampoos, volumizing conditioners plump up the individual hair strands, making your hair appear fuller. Avoid products that contain humectants and heavy moisturizers. These compounds can weigh down your hair and create limp locks.
Select a mousse or spray gel formulated for fine hair. Apply this product to your scalp and the roots of your hair. Flip your head upside down to blow dry the moisture from the strands. Finish your blow-drying sessions with a blast of cool air from your blow dryer. This will help set the styling product in position, creating the appearance of full, thick hair.
While many over-the-counter products may not increase the amount of hair you have, minoxidil might help treat your thinning locks. The Mayo Clinic advises that this nonprescription medication may promote new hair growth in some individuals. Apply this medication, according to the instructions on the label.
Avoid hairstyles that increase the appearance of thin locks. Long, straight hair can make your tresses appear even thinner. Get rid of excess weight on thinning strands by cutting your hair in a short bob or blunt cut. Layers underneath you hair may also help hold your hair away from your scalp, boosting the volume of your hair.
Avoid styles that stress your thinning hair. Avoid chemical processes that may break the hair, causing it to appear thinner. Use a soft-bristled brush to smooth your strands and massage your scalp, increasing the flow of blood to the area near the roots. Wear your hair in loose styles. Avoid tight styles that pull or twist your hair.
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