From poor styling techniques to dehydration, there can be a lot of reasons why we experience thinning hair throughout our lifetimes. Thankfully, diagnosing the cause of your thinning hair means you can find out exactly how to fix it!
Why Is My Hair So Thin?
Most people assume that thinning hair is hereditary. While this can be true, there are plenty of other causes too:
- Dehydration – We spend so much time conditioning our hair that it can be easy to forget that we need to rehydrate from the inside out too! If you don’t drink enough water throughout the day, your hair can suffer from dryness, which leads to breakage and damage that affects hair growth.
- Nutrient deficiency – Zinc, biotin, iron and calcium all contribute to a healthy scalp and work hard to protect hair follicles from DHT, the hormone that causes baldness. A healthy and well-balanced diet can go a long way towards promoting a healthier scalp and thicker hair.
- Follicle and shaft damage – From using hot styling tools without heat protection to dyeing hair with cheap home colouring kits, it is possible to do a great deal of damage to hair without even realising. Once breakage occurs or damage is done to the hair follicle, growth can be severely reduced.
- Stress – Stress can have all manner of negative effects on our body, including production of extra hormones that inadvertently affect the way our hair follicles function. In turn, this can lead to a deceleration in growth or even hair loss and thinning.
How to Get Thicker Hair
Whatever the reason for your thinning hair, we’ve got plenty of tips on how to restore thickness to those locks:
- Get hydrated – Health specialists recommend at least eight glasses of water (around two litres) per day to give your body adequate hydration. If you’re drinking less, dehydration could be behind any hair thinning you’re noticing. Invest in a marked water bottle or download a water-drinking app to remind you to stay hydrated.
- Tackle nutrition – There’s plenty of free nutritional advice online to help you find out whether you’re getting enough zinc, biotin, iron and calcium in your diet. Check out meal plans and watch the ingredients you’re using to make sure you’re not starving your hair thin.
- Take supplements – If there are certain foods you can’t eat or you experience nutrient deficiencies for any other reason, there are supplements you can take to boost hair growth instead. Be sure to talk to your GP or pharmacist beforehand to be safe and clear about your needs.
- Use thickening products – Whether you want to actually boost hair growth or simply give the appearance of thicker hair, there are plenty of products to choose from. Root-lifting products and thickening sprays are great for giving hair va-va-voom while other products are designed to stimulate the scalp and promote growth.
- Prioritise cut and colour – While many people associate thick and healthy hair with long styles, a short cut can actually work wonders when it comes to boosting the appearance of volume. The same goes for colour; highlights can work wonders when it comes to making hair look thick and voluminous.
If you’re finding it hard to diagnose the reasons behind your thinning locks or you just want more advice on how to get thicker hair, we are here to help. Book in now for a consultation with one of our expert stylists.