Men's Hair Thinning
what is hair thinning?
Is your hair thinning, shedding, or falling out? If so, you're among the 85% of men experiencing hair loss. As common as hair loss is, it’s hard to understand why it happens. The most common cause of men's hair loss is Androgenetic Alopecia, a genetic condition resulting in male pattern baldness.
Naturally thin or fine hair is more susceptible to breakage and shedding, but hair thinning relates to the anatomy of your specific hair follicles. Your medical history, diet, and lifestyle can also cause hair loss.
WHAT IS HAIR THINNING?
Hair thinning is often one of the first signs of a hair loss condition. Is hair thinning the same as hair loss? That depends on the cause of the thinning. Regardless, losing your hair is a complex experience and will vary from person to person. That said, thinning doesn't automatically mean you're going to lose your hair. First, let's narrow down the causes by exploring the signs and symptoms of hair thinning in men.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HAIR THINNING
Are you noticing significant hair loss throughout your day? Usually, excessive shedding is the first indication of hair thinning, and it's disconcerting, to say the least. Instinctually, you may worry that this is the first indication of hair loss. While this may be true for many men, it can also be due to seasonal hair shedding or lifestyle choices.
Before we go any further, we implore you to remember these unwavering facts:
- We are here to help you through this.
- There are clinically-proven solutions for hair loss.
- You are not alone.
WHAT CAUSES MALE HAIR THINNING?
Thinning is a natural occurrence caused by the hair growth cycle. When hair sheds, it makes room for fresh new hair to replace it. Of course, the cycle is less tolerable when masses of hair accumulate on your comb or your clothing. You may feel worried about hair loss or wonder if the hair will regrow.
Excessive hair shedding is often indicative of an underlying issue or life event. The most common causes of hair thinning include:
- Genetic predispositions
- Medical illnesses or procedures
- Crash dieting
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Acute or chronic stress
- Thyroid issues
- Hygiene habits
If you have thin or fine hair, shedding might be a familiar occurrence to you, and it doesn't necessarily mean you're losing hair permanently.
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. Thin hair has a smaller diameter, whereas coarse hair has a thicker diameter. As such, thin hair is susceptible to breakage from 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 scattered on the scalp rather than densely packed. 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.
Fine Hair Strands
Fine hair involves the thickness of each strand, as determined by the width of the hair shaft. If you have fine hair, it may look like it's thinning when in reality, the strands are simply thin.
HOW TO TREAT THINNING HAIR IN MEN
If you have thin or fine hair, there are several steps you can take to minimize thinning and shedding.
Use a Microfiber Towel
Instead of using a rough towel to dry your hair, which agitates the hair's cuticle, use a microfiber towel. Microfibers gently absorb water by squeezing it from hair, which will reduce hair shedding and breakage.
Trade-In Your Brush for a Wide-Tooth Comb
Brushing your hair tugs at the follicles, which adds stress and ultimately causes shedding and breakage. Swap your hairbrush for a comb that can finely shape your hair without adding strain to your scalp.
Allow Hair to Air Dry
Blow drying hair adds stress to the strands and follicles. Yet many men with thin or fine hair rely on blow dryers to add volume. If so, blow dry your hair with the low heat or cool setting.
Avoid Hairstyles that Tug or Pull at Strands
It might be hard to resist the man bun trend, but tight hairstyles add pressure to the hair follicles. Over time, this can lead to breakage, irritation, and even Traction Alopecia. Instead, choose shorter hairstyles that don't add weight or tension to your hair follicles.
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.
Due to the delicate nature of fine and thin hair, Daniel Alain's Anti Hair Shedding Treatment, INTACT, protects hair during washing, brushing, and styling. It also gives hair a volume boost at the root, which produces fuller-looking hair.
Our solution to hair thinning is INTACT, which is:
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- The first and only clinically-proven product to retain and protect hair.
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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.
- Hair Shedding
- Male Pattern Baldness