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.
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
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:
1. You are beautiful.
2. This is not your fault.
3. We are here to help you through this.
4. There are clinically-proven solutions for hair loss.
5. You are not alone.
CAUSES OF WOMEN'S HAIR THINNING
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
● Thyroid issues
● Medical illnesses or procedures
● Crash dieting or poor nutrition
● 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.
PREVENTION AND 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 Root Securing Complex, 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:
● 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
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.
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