Step-by-Step Guide to Prevent Thinning Hair

We have all heard the saying, ‘prevention is better than cure’, and this couldn’t be truer for preventing your hair thinning as you age. Keep reading to discover our expert guidelines on avoiding hair thinning.

All about Female Hair Loss Conditions

Thinning hair in women is much more common than many people realise. There is no one single cause for it; rather, it can be caused by a variety of factors like stress, genetics, hormones, pregnancy and certain types of medications.

Conditions such as female pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia) and alopecia areata cause hair to thin with age. There are treatments and solutions available for such conditions, though.

Action Steps for Preventing Hair Thinning

For proper prevention of hair thinning, it all starts when you are young. By following the below best practices you will see a reduction if not an elimination of hair thinning:

Don’t Expose Your Hair to High Heat

Constant heating and drying can lead to your hair being brittle and fragile, causing hair thinning. It’s well established that hair dryers, especially on high heat settings, are damaging to your hair. Opt for Natural drying instead and limit your use of the hair dryer.

Other devices like hot curlers, hot brushes and straighteners can also cause hair thinning and pull on your scalp. If you do need to use heated tools, reduce their heat settings and use them sparingly.

Reduce Dyes and Chemicals

Constant use of colouring dyes and exposure to chemicals contributes to hair thinning. Over time, we witness serious, irreparable damage being done to your hair. As a general rule, don’t colour your hair more than every four to six weeks. When using hair products like styling gels and mousses, try to use ones with fewer chemicals or just reduce their overall use. There are plenty of organic options available on the market today as more women are experiencing the benefits of natural ingredients.

Avoid Hair Bleaching

Any hairdresser will tell you that bleaching your hair removes your natural pigmentation. Your hair cuticles are penetrated by chemicals, changing the structure of your hair and making it more susceptible to damage. It becomes weaker and thinner as a result. If you then blow dry it, you are furthering damages your hair.

Be Gentle – Don’t Pull Your Hair Too Tight

Certain hairstyles require tight pulling, elastics and clips. These can cause hair loss and thinning if done daily. Good examples of these are tight ponytails, tight braids and plaits. Winding your hair tightly onto rollers, especially heated ones, will also thin your hair. Avoid hairstyles that pull on your hairline as much as possible.

Choose a Suitable Shampoo for Your Hair Type

Choosing a shampoo that suits your hair type will help you have healthy and great looking hair.
It can take some time to find one that matches your hair type so trying a few out and speaking to a professional will help. Keep in mind that protein-enhanced shampoos and conditioners can boost volume and make hair smoother and thicker.

Invest in a Good Hairbrush

Never underestimate the importance of your hairbrush by simply opting for the cheapest or easiest option. Rather, invest in a good hairbrush, preferably a soft one made from natural fibres. Don’t brush from the top down, but from the underside out to minimise damage while avoiding brushing too hard as this can damage hair follicles. Be gentle and avoid brushing your hair when it’s wet; in this case, use a wide tooth comb instead.

If you are worried about your hair thinning, contact the hair loss experts at Beverly May Hair in Adelaide today for a solution. For Remy’s hair weaves, extensions and hairpieces in Adelaide, we’re here to assist so call us today on 08 8232 3448.