We live in a world where it seems like everyone around us has thick, luscious manes. There's even a term that describes how we feel about someone else's perfect hair: "hair envy." On our journey to perfection, one issue that digs at our self-esteem as much as sagging skin and wrinkles is thinning hair. Hair thins gradually, which gives you time to identify the causes and determine the best treatment measures.
Anyone can experience hair loss, but it is more typical in men than women. In fact, hair loss in men is so common that as many as 85% of all men will experience thinning or balding before the age of 50. The hereditary condition, male pattern baldness, is the most common reason men lose their hair. Early in the process, men will notice a receding hairline beginning at the temples or thinning at the crown. This type of hair loss can begin at puberty and is progressive, which means it is best to do something early on.
Hair loss in women is more common than you think. Studies show that around 40% of all women will experience some hair fall before the age of 40. Female-pattern hair loss is one of the most common types of hair loss. This is usually due to the inheritance of a strong genetic component. Most women with female-pattern baldness will start to experience thinning over the crown. For many women, hair is more than "just hair." Hair can be an expression of personality and a representation of style. Whether it's short-term or long-term, losing your hair can be stressful.
The First 10 Things You Should Do When You Notice Your Hair is Thinning
- See a Doctor - It is normal to lose 50-100 hairs a day. If you've noticed your ponytail getting thinner or you're beginning to see more scalp, don't ignore the signs. Visit a dermatologist to determine the cause. It is best to rule out any underlying causes, such as malnutrition, hormonal imbalances, or autoimmune diseases. Medical advice regarding health conditions can only be determined by a physician.
- Eat More Protein - Increase your protein consumption. Adding more fish and meats to your diet is excellent for your hair.
- Wear Loose Hairstyles - If you're constantly pulling your hair into a tight ponytail, stop! Putting your hair in tight ponytails and braids puts a ton of stress on your hair. This type of styling puts a strain on your follicles. In some cases, this can lead to traction alopecia. Choose a loose hairstyle to give your hair a break.
- Listen to What Your Body is Telling You - Your hair's condition can tell a lot about your health. In some cases, it may be indicative of a medical condition. If you skipped step 1 and haven't seen a doctor, it might be a good idea to schedule an appointment.
- Check Your Vitamin Levels - Vitamins D and B12 are essential when it comes to your hair. Low levels or deficiencies in these vitamins could slow your hair growth rate or cause thinning. Ask your doctor to test your vitamin levels before taking any supplements.
- Check Your Iron - Low iron levels can result in hair thinning. Including more red meat in your diet or taking an iron supplement may help resolve the issue.
- Take Good Care of Your Scalp - Try using products that will exfoliate the scalp. It will help loosen build-up and stimulate growth. You may also want to try incorporating a scalp massage into your hair regimen. Scalp massages have been found to improve circulation to the scalp, which can help stimulate hair growth and reduce stress.
- Condition - Without conditioner, your hair can become dehydrated, brittle, and damaged over time. A lightweight conditioner will help moisturize and keep fragile hair strong.
- Live Healthy - Your hair is a reflection of your health, so if you're skipping exercise or eating a lot of junk food, your hair may be trying to tell you something. Make sure to stay hydrated, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly. Stress contributes to hair loss too, so try to stay cool, calm, and collected.
- Consider a Topical Treatment - “There are many different treatment options that can help,” says Dr. Angela Phipps, Hair Club’s medical advisor. “One such treatment is Minoxidil. This is a scalp treatment medication that is FDA-approved to treat hair loss in both men and women. When this medication is applied to the scalp, it is absorbed into the skin and reaches the level of the hair follicles.” Minoxidil biochemically helps to strengthen the hair follicle.
Hair Club's EXT Extreme Hair Therapy ® treatment includes minoxidil, the only FDA-approved, clinically proven ingredient that can regrow hair and slow further loss. It is most effective if you're in the beginning stages of hair thinning. Along with the topical treatment of minoxidil, professional advice, digital progress tracking, and salon services will help you get back to the beautiful hair you love. Hair Club also offers several FDA-cleared laser devices such as the LaserBand, LaserComb, Capillus®, and the LaserHelmet. These devices help promote hair growth and reduce further loss. They also increase hair density and promote healthy hair±.
±The benefits mentioned above are based on clinical studies, published medical journal articles and client experience. Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed. The Laser Devices offered by Hair Club are FDA-cleared for men and women and cleared for distribution by Health Canada.
For informational purposes only. The information presented herein is general in nature and is not intended to substitute the advice of a physician or other health care professional.