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When Long Hair Thins

Filed under: Long Hair Care — Stephanie at 3:11 pm on Tuesday, April 15, 2008

When you decide to grow your hair out long, it’s generally because you love the look of it. It’s one of those little luxuries you enjoy in life.

Which makes it all the more traumatic if your hair starts to thin.

There are a lot of reasons why hair can thin. Sometimes it’s just genetics, and many women do suffer from thinning hair as they age. Nearly 40% of women have some hair loss by the time they’re 60.

The very first thing you need to do is find out why your hair is thinning. There are many possible causes, from undiagnosed chronic Lyme disease to stress to menopause and so on. If you don’t know the cause, it’s much harder to treat the symptom of hair loss.

Sometimes, something as simple as improving your diet can help. Add more foods with protein, iron and zinc into your diet to improve the health of your hair. Supplements may also help.

One of the most common times for a woman to lose some hair is immediately after a pregnancy. A part of this, as I understand it, is due to less hair falling out during the pregnancy, so you see more come out after. Fortunately, the hair does grow back after falling out. This is one of the important times to make sure your diet is healthy, particularly if you’re breastfeeding your baby as well. You both need the good nutrition.

Some medications cause hair loss as well. If you’re having this problem, talk to your doctor about it. Sometimes, but not every time, there will be an alternative medication you can try that won’t impact your hair. It’s certainly worth a try.

Take a look at the things you do to your hair, and think about what you might be doing to it. Excessive washing isn’t good for hair. Neither is using too many styling products. Perms are rough on it. Many hair coloring products, particularly those bought in grocery and drug stores, are rough on it. If your hair is thinning, you may want to consider finding ways to be easier on it. Doctors say these don’t cause thinning hair, but being hard on your hair can certainly increase breakage, which you don’t want.

This can be challenging, as one way to hide thinning hair is to use volumizing products on it. You will have to decide if you want to keep using the products or try giving your hair a break from products to see if it will grow back on its own. This can be a tough choice.

Of course, there are tons of products out there that claim to be good for thinning hair. There’s Rogaine, of course, as well as other, less known products that may have more natural ingredients. I’ve been hearing an ad on the radio lately for a product whose name I can’t remember that claims to regrow hair. No idea if it works at all or not, of course. If it’s in the budget and you want to give it a try, why not? Just remember that regaining your length will take a very long time.

Thank goodness, I’m NOT dealing with this personally. But I’ve been watching my mother deal with a bald patch after having a precancer removed from her scalp, and that got me to thinking.

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Comment by stinastina

August 6, 2008 @ 6:32 pm

One natural alternative to thinning hair is Maka or Bhringraj or Bhringaraj. It can be used as a powder or oil to apply to the hair. There have been scientific studies that have found it to be more effective than Minoxidil.

Comment by Morghanna

May 16, 2011 @ 6:07 am

FYI … Dirty little secret about Rogaine (Minoxidil) is that it works better on women than men, especially if you start early enough. When I noticed my already fine hair thinning several years ago, I talked to my dermatologist about Minoxidil. She said to give it a try because it would not hurt anything. It just might not work. Well, it did work! At first my hair fell out even quicker (a sign that it is working because it is getting rid of the old, deteriorating hair to replace it with better quality strands from revitalized follicles), but then grew in much stronger. I do have some minor skin irritation (I use the 5% solution once every evening) but my hair has never looked better. I’m 39 and have been using it for about two years now.

The downside? I will have to use it the rest of my life, but there are no nasty long-term side effects, e.g. cancer, so I’m okay with that.

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