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Female Hair Thinning

WHAT TO DO FOR THINNING HAIR

You’ve arrived here because, like the 40% of women in your position (American Academy of Dermatology), your hair is thinning, shedding or falling out. What gives? Hair thinning is an unsettling issue millions of women face. Depending on where you’re at in your life, your medical history, genetic makeup and lifestyle can all send your strands aflutter.

Hair thinning relates to the anatomy of your specific hair follicles. Naturally thin or fine hair is often more susceptible to shedding, breakage and thinning.

WHAT IS HAIR THINNING?

Excessive hair shedding is often one of the first signs of a hair loss condition. Is hair thinning the same thing as hair loss? That depends on exactly what the issue is. The uniting factor here is that hair loss, hair thinning and shedding are complex issues. In other words, the reason your hair is falling out will likely be different from another’s. First, let’s narrow down the causes by exploring the signs and symptoms of hair thinning.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HAIR THINNING

Are strands accumulating on your brush? In the shower? Are you leaving a trail of floating strands behind you wherever you go? This is usually the first indication of hair thinning, and it’s disconcerting to say the least. Instinctually, you’ll feel a wave of emotions including helplessness, distress and for some, even shame.

Before we go any further, we implore you to remember these unwavering facts:

  • You are beautiful.
  • This is not your fault.
  • We are here to help you through this.
  • There are clinically-proven solutions for hair loss.
  • You are not alone.

WHAT CAUSES THINNING HAIR IN WOMEN

Shedding is a natural occurrence and is part of a complex rhythm called the hair growth cycle. When hair sheds, it makes room for fresh new hair to blossom and grow. This natural life cycle might sound good in theory, but what about when you’re shampooing mid-shower and amass a clump of sudsy hair in your palm? And what if the hair doesn’t regrow right away? You may be experiencing excessive hair shedding, which is quite often the result of an underlying issue or life event.

The most common causes for women’s hair loss include:

  • Genetic predispositions
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Stress
  • Thyroid issues
  • Medical illnesses or procedures
  • Crash dieting or poor nutrition
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Daily beauty practices

Depending on your hair, thinning might not be a new occurrence for you but part of your day-to-day. 

FINE HAIR VS. THIN HAIR.  ARE THEY THE SAME?

Fine hair refers to the diameter of the hair shaft, which is the visible part of a hair strand on the exterior of the scalp. Fine hair has a smaller diameter, whereas coarse hair has a thicker diameter. It’s the small diameter of fine hair that makes it more susceptible to breakage as a result of pulling, tugging or biological factors. Can the same be said for fine hair?

While the terms might seem interchangeable, they are very different. How do we differentiate between thinness and fineness? By surveying hair density vs. thickness:

Thin, Low-Density Hair

Thin hair is low-density hair, meaning hair follicles are not densely packed but more scattered on the scalp. If your scalp is visibly even across your head, it’s likely that you have thin hair. Because low density means less hair, there is a noticeable difference when hair loss occurs. Women with thin hair should seek gentle products that protect the hair they have while enhancing volume and creating fullness.

Fine Hair Strands

Fine hair relates to the thickness of each individual strand, as determined by the thickness in diameter of the hair shaft. If you tie your hair into a low ponytail, how wide is the circumference? If it’s less than two inches, you likely have fine hair. Women with fine hair seek out products that add thickness, fullness and add body without weighing it down.

hair thinning prevention & treatment

Can women have both fine AND thin hair? Absolutely. If you fall into either, or both of these categories, you’ll want to preserve your strands while adding volume and body to your hair.

What can you do? First step: be kind and gentle to your hair to avoid breakage and excessive hair shedding. In addition, alterations in your beauty routines will help you better retain hair.

Use a Microfiber Towel

Instead of using a rough towel to dry your hair, which rubs your hair and hair effectively agitating the cuticle, use a microfiber towel. Microfibers gently absorb water by squeezing it from hair which will reduce hair pull and breakage.

Trade-In Your Brush for a Wide-Tooth Comb

Fine hair is also more prone to tangling, sending you reaching for the brush more often. The problem here is that brushing your hair tugs at the follicles, adding stress and ultimately leading to shedding and breakage.

To gently detangle, swap that brush for a wide tooth comb. Start at the ends of hair and move up the hair shaft. Don’t rip through hair, as this will add tension and pull hairs out. If hair is extremely tangled and hard to comb through, use a root securing complex or deep conditioning treatment and apply from root to ends.

Allow Hair to Air Dry

Blow drying hair adds stress to our strands and follicles. Yet with work and life demands in full swing—blow drying is a necessary time-saver for many women. If you’re short on time and need to grab the blow dryer, be sure to use a low heat or even the cool setting. Divide hair into small sections to minimize overall pull and tension and gently comb through with a wide tooth comb or boar bristle brush.

Avoid Hairstyles that Tug or Pull at Strands

The easiest way to manage your hair daily might be to throw it up in a top bun or ponytail. Yet both of these styles tug at the hair follicles and cause breakage, potentially leading to traction alopecia. The solution? Tie your hair back loosely with a scarf, soft band or scrunchie that won’t tug at your strands. Avoid any and all hairstyles that pull at your hair to preserve the health of your strands long term.

Sleep on a Silk Pillow

In contrast to more abrasive materials like polyester, silk is oh-so-smooth. Swapping your pillowcase for a silky soft one will reduce friction and damage to your strands.

Treat Hair Thinning at the Scalp

Due to the delicate nature of fine and/or thin hair, Daniel Alain’s Anti Hair Shedding Treatment, INTACT, provides protection during washing, brushing and styling, while giving a volume boost at the root for fuller-looking hair. To truly understand the nature of hair thinning requires years of clinical research, development and studies to unlock solutions that work, which is exactly what we are committed to doing.

Our solution to hair thinning is INTACT, which is:

  • Dermatologist-developed.
  • The first and only clinically-proven product to retain and protect hair.
  • Proven to reduce hair thinning from excessive shedding by up to 77% during washing, brushing and styling.
  • Designed to provide volume, body and shine without buildup or weight.
  • Free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, silicones, oils, SD alcohol & gluten, vegan-friendly and color safe.

RELATED CONDITIONS TO HAIR THINNING

Hair thinning may signify a larger issue and even lead to significant hair loss. That’s why preventative treatment is vital for your hair health and beauty.

  • Alopecia
  • Hair Shedding
  • Female Pattern Hair Loss
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Jennifer Rose
Love my Follea Rene - and the amazing customer service!

I considered purchasing a wig for years as my hair became increasingly thin. I finally decided the time was right and I’m so thankful to have found Follea. I purchased the Rene 12 inch in Caramel Latte and I absolutely love it – both the color and style are perfect. Stylist consultant, Tracy Romo, was so incredibly supportive and knowledgeable -- she walked me through every step of the process. She assisted with measurements and answered all of my questions via video calls. I can’t say enough about the amazing customer service I experienced from beginning to end. Tracy guided me in the right direction every step of the way, even sending me helpful videos and styling tips. I honestly couldn’t be happier with my experience.

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M. Terese Weir
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My Follea Style (6-11) is in all honesty the most comfortable wig I've ever worn - and I hate anything on my head! This wig just... goes where it's supposed to, no pulling it this way or that, no realizing your doggone wig is crooked.. AFTER you walk in to work. This success is in no small part to the Fit Kit I was sent to make sure of my size. 😊

Also, to say the hair is beautiful gives beauty a bad name. The hair is stunning. (I wear color Latte.) My consultant, Ashley, virtually took my hand to guide me through the process of buying my wig. Her help was and still is invaluable.

My hairdresser is very comfortable styling wigs. She created just the right "style" for my Style. That said, even straight from the box, Follea rocks!

Reading your Follea experience warms our hearts, our goal and mission is to help women all over the world feel beautiful, confident and like their best self. Ashley is an amazing and knowlegable guide, that will continue to be with you on your hair journey!

We invite you to join our @Follea community on Instagram, to learn best practices for your new Follea.

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Kimberlee Bluhm
Wig #6

The ready to wear wig I received from Daniel Alain is beautiful. The packaging was so respectful of the wig. So impressed. I called with questions before purchasing and the staff was very kind and respectful as Loosing my hair was so unexpected and stressful. Thank you for wonderful customer service and a beautiful wig. So many compliments on how it makes me look. Thank you.

We are honored and so glad to hear you had a pleasant experience! Thank you or trusting us to help you during your hair-loss journey.

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I had an amazing experience with purchasing a wig with Follea.
I can’t say enough about Tracy and the VIP service I got from her. She was always there on the other side of the phone , no matter what day or time and help me every step of the way!
I have never had such great customer service in any of the other leading wig companies I bought wigs from. Hands down the best!
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Thank you very much for sharing - it means the world to know that you had an exceptional experience with Tracy.

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Patty McKenna
Amazing Personalized treatment

What a wonderful experience I had. Tracy was so sweet and kind and found me the perfect wig. Her patience and understanding when I couldn't decide exactly what I wanted , and finding me the perfect wig and answering all my crazy questions. I left with such a beautiful wig. Thank you again Tracy ♥️♥️

Thank you so much for your kind words. We are so happy Tracy was able to assist you on your hair journey!

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Kim sissons
Tracy Romo is a life changer!

When you first go through your personal hair loss journey, you go through so many emotions and sometimes you get desperate. People like to take advantage of those searching for an answer. After making a very costly mistake, Tracy was a game changer for me! She was amazing, very knowledgeable and helped me understand what to look for, how to ensure I got the right size, face timed me to measure and ensure it was correct. I cannot say enough amazing things about Tracy, and my amazing Follea wig.

Kim, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience Daniel Alain. It warms our heart to hear to Tracy was such a positive impact. We would love to see your new hair debut, tag us on instagram @Follea.

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Mercedes
Style 10 Inch Color 5005 Macchiato (comes with a soft rooting)

This is my first wig but not my first attempt with alternative hair. Its been a journey and one I knew I wanted to take with Follea. I was not wrong. The hair is silky soft and beautifully shiny. The staff is great and wonderful to work with. Their online consultation process is just what I needed. I received sample caps to try on to determine which size is the right size for me. I received color swatches as well to make the color selection process was a breeze. It does make a difference to see to the colors in person, dont be afraid to ask for color swatches. To see them against the light or while your home is worth it. All this happened after the online consultation, which was simple and fun. The rep provided samples of everything, explained the differences with each one. This helped me make a decision on what was right for me. Getting the samples of the wig caps and color swatches was a fun part of the experience but it also made me feel good about my decisions. I often worry about getting the wrong size and color. Once I was set ( and yes I changed my mind a bit) we went forward with the order. After I received my wig and cut the lace, the team was still there to help me with any questions I had.

Overall a great online purchasing experience. Once I received my Follea, I instantly knew this was it for me. I loved it and I was confident to wear it out.

Feeling Myself and Happy with a beautiful Follea Style, 10", Irish Cream

There are no words to fully express how grateful I am for finding Follea and meeting Janet. Her kindness combined with a professional, yet so gentle, advice helped me to find my beautiful natural looking European hair. Janet patiently showed me different styles and sizes (my head is so small!). She has never pushed me to anything. Only offered support and help on the way to my decision, and eventually ordered (incredibly urgently) the right size. I wish all patients to meet someone like Janet on their way! Before I found Follea, I faced a few horrible pushy people who wanted to make money of my sensitive, fragile situation of suddenly losing hair.
Today, I can face the Universe with a smile, again. I am back to work and normal life, interacting with people, attending important business meetings. Letting my health recover in calm confident state.
Thank You to Follea and Janet. May the Blessing and Kindness come back to You Multiplied Million Times.
I am already thinking of ordering a second Follea Style (bit longer this time). Every girl needs a special occasion HAIR! I have found mine.

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Girl I love my new wig!!!!!! I feel like Beyoncé wearing it, you can’t even tell that it’s a wig! My confidence is an all new high and I feel fierce. Thanks to Janet for making my hair dreams come true. Xoxoxo

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Heather L
Follea's Petite

Recently, I bought the Petite in Chai Latte blonde with a natural-looking darker root and customized my piece by adding a few wispy bangs. If you are like me and try to stretch the length of time between washes to prevent an itchy scalp and breakage, this little priceless gem is a quick four clips away from a good hair day.

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Diane B.
Great Customer Services

Great customer services! Received in a timely manner. Very happy with my topper, especially after I trimmed bangs and length to fix my own hair.

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