The Causes of Thinning Hair and the Products that Address It
I have always had thick hair. It’s a family thing. Sometimes I want to curse it because it tends to look unruly and frizzy. Sometimes it is as if it has a life of it’s own that it refuses any brush or comb that ever goes near it. On a good hair day, I might have soft waves to frame my face.
But when I am rushing to work and I don’t have time to fix my hair, I grab an elastic band, twirl my hair in a knot and bun it in place. I constantly ask my hairstylist to shear away volume from my hair to make it appear sleeker, but it grows back and it is still thick. But despite all the little troubles my stubborn hair gives me, I am still very thankful that I have thick hair.
I have a friend who has the exact opposite problem. Her hair is so thin that one can easily see her white scalp peeking from her head whether her hair hangs loose or is tied up. When she brushes her hair, she does it in a few strokes and in a short amount of time because she really has not much to brush. Her dermatologist prescribed a hair growing solution as a thinning hair product. She was advised not to wash her hair everyday so that it does not get too dry and worsen the shedding. Actually, hair fall is not really a problem if it is within the normal range of 50-100 strands a day. The problem lies if your hair follicles are not able to do their function of regenerating and re-growing hair. Simply put, the rate of hair fall is exceeding the rate of hair replacement, thus the hair on your head becomes thin.
Relax, It’s a Universal Condition!
If you are someone who experiences thinning hair, you will find comfort in knowing that this is a universal problem and you are not alone. Men and women alike have hair loss patterns and there are many causes of thinning hair. Genetics is a huge factor and probably the most common one in thinning hair. Some people are just generally more prone to losing hair and have difficulty growing new ones as they age.
Androgenic alopecia is the medical term for male and female pattern baldness. According to eMedicine, emedicine.medscape.com, androgenic alopecia is an extremely common disorder affecting both men and women, although the occurrence is observed to be greater in males than females. Androgenic alopecia affects roughly 50% of men, and around as many women who are older than 40 years old. Although it can occur in younger women, it is usually women who have undergone the menopausal stage who experience thinning of the hair. The incidence is more common once people reach the age of seniority around 60-65 years old. It affects all races although Caucasians are more prone to it, followed by Asians. The onset of androgenic alopecia is relatively around 40 years of age; however there are some who have displayed the beginning of hair thinning around 30 years old, based on information given by eMedicine.
In other cases, a different kind of alopecia may occur. Alopecia areata happens to more women than men and is often referred to as spot baldness. Unlike progressive balding on older people, alopecia areata most often appears during the teenage years, early childhood and late childhood, but it can occur to people of all ages. Age and hereditary factors are not the only causes of thinning hair. People may suffer from it due to nutritional deficiency, surgery, drugs, allergies, thyroid problems, radiation treatments and chemotherapy and even childbirth for women.
Don’t Buy a Wig Just Yet!
Since society has placed a great deal of importance on beautiful hair, thinning hair is more often than not a cosmetic problem. It is not fatal, though in some rare cases, it is a symptom of a more serious disease. It won’t hurt to check with your dermatologist of family physician if you feel anything else in your body other than just hair falling out.
Thankfully there are thinning hair products for men and women that will help alleviate the severity of the situation. Minoxidil is one of the best thinning hair products and is one of the most widely prescribed by doctors. According to DocShop.com, it is available as an over the counter product or by prescription, depending on the strength of the solution. Minoxidil can be purchased in generic form or branded. The most popular brands of Minoxidil are Rogaine and Loniten.
Other products for thin hair include shampoos, conditioners, and topical hair loss remedies that are available for both men and women. Shampoos and conditioners that are made especially for thin hair are products that have volumizing properties which will help make your hair appear thicker and fuller. In a study conducted by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, consumers with self-perceived thin hair have rated Pantene Pro-V’s Full and Thick Collection as the best thinning hair product. Panelists agreed that Pantene’s products improved the overall appearance of their hair and it is also the least expensive effective product! Also check out shampoos with more protein added to their ingredients. This can be considered a product for thin hair because protein will encourage your hair follicle to regenerate hair.
Another advice given by hair professionals to those who have thinning hair is to color them. Despite having hair loss, most people who experience it have generally healthy hair so it is alright for them process color it. According to the website Mother Nature, altering the color of you hair will make it look thicker because the process will make the hair in a way “rougher”. Hair dyes for thinning hair are more patronized by women who like going to salons to have their hair done. It is important that a professional does the procedure and it would be better if you color you hair lighter because there is less contrast between the hair and the scalp.
There are also natural products for thinning hair if you are thinking twice about using chemicals. Mother Nature recommends using vinegar (yes that sour smelling stuff you use for cooking!) to make your thinning hair appear fuller. Due to its acidic properties, it also gives the hair more shine. Don’t worry about having vinegar-smelling hair! The odor rinses out with water. Another natural product for thinning hair is the egg. Crack an egg and massage it your hair before you shampoo. Since egg is essentially animal protein, it has the same basic effects of a protein-enriched shampoo.
Thinning hair does not have to make you feel less beautiful or less handsome. With so many thinning hair products available for men and women out in the market, you shouldn’t worry if you are experiencing this situation. Do not be embarrassed to consult with your doctor or even ask a friend for any products that they can recommend for thin hair. After all, half the world is experiencing thinning hair so you are definitely not alone!