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What to do About Thinning Hair

The day you realize that your hair is thinning is NEVER a good one. Men, women, even your pet, thinning hair just isn’t something we ever want to deal with. Fortunately, there’s usually a something you can do.

First, you have to know why your hair is thinning: is your hair breaking/shedding excessively or is it falling out at the root? Once you know the root cause (pun intended), you’ll know where to begin. Seeing your dermatologist or trichologist is definitely a good idea, and there are some steps you can take at home to make sure your hair care habits aren’t contributing to your thinning hair.

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Change your hairstyle. If you’re a regular braids/bun/ponytail wearer, it may be time to give those styles a break because they could be putting undue tension on your hair follicles. Opt for looser updo styles that don’t pull at any parts of your hair and/or scalp.

Scalp massage. Massaging the scalp allows blood to flow to hair follicles, promoting growth. Adding lubricants like castor oil (known for its own growth stimulating properties) help nourish and strengthen the hair.

Leave the alcohol alone. Alcohol based products (styling gels, hair sprays) can damage hair by drying it out to the point of breakage. Use aloe vera gel and a satin scarf for slick edges and remember that hair that doesn’t move lacks personality…and you’re full of personality :-).

Do more than a water-only rinse. Black tea and herbs like rosemary are known for their hair strengthening remedies. Brew a your own hair tea and use as a final rinse after shampooing and conditioning.

Wear wigs responsibly. Particularly if you’re seeing thinning in the areas of your edges and nape and you wear wigs regularly, be careful with the bands and combs in your wig net; the friction from rubbing on those areas can be a contributing factor.

See your doctor. If you’ve done all of these things and you haven’t noticed any changes, it’s time to visit your doctor. There may be an underlying medical condition like alopecia or thyroid imbalance. Certain medications like birth control could also cause thinning hair.

Knowing is half the battle, once you know the why behind your thinning hair, the how to treat it becomes easier for you.

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