|Shelly asks: |
My hair started thinning out a little over a year ago and my hair is now about half the thickness it once was. Blood tests showed my hormones and vitamin levels were normal. Iím starting to see some regrowth, but as my hair is very fine naturally, the ends are now looking very thin and transparent. I donít use heated products on it or dye it. Would monthly micro trims be my best bet to thicken the ends up? Itís currently sitting a few inches below my shoulders and I really donít want to go much shorter.
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Hair thinning can be caused by a number of factors, from genetics to stress, and some of these wonít be determined from a standard blood test, so speaking to a qualified Trichologist at a clinic such as íUnlimited Hairloss Solutionsí can help you to determine the cause of your thinning. If youíre confident that the thinning has stopped and your hair is starting to return, the fine ends are most likely to be the thinner hairs that grew during that phase. Avoiding damaging and thinning these ends further is important, so avoiding heated appliances is a good start, and using products that will strengthen and fortify your strands will also help. Regular micro trims will also help, by preventing these finer, weaker ends from splitting, without compromising the length of your hair. Donít be put off because youíre concerned about losing length: blunt, freshly chopped ends will create the appearance of fuller, thicker locks. ...More >
To create the appearance of more fullness in your hair, you need to invest in products that contain thickening formulas and ingredients designed to add density and lift. Try LíOrťal Professionnelís Serie Expert Volumetry Shampoo and Conditioner, followed by a texturising product.
To give an instant, more noticeable boost to your hairís thickness and length, speak to an experienced stylist about hair extensions. There are so many different types available Ė from clip-in temporary extensions to longer lasting varieties Ė that you might find this is the best solution for you, while you wait for your hair to return to its usual thickness.
|Lena asks: |
I am 27 year old female with genetically thin and thinning hair. What haircut can I pull off, aside from a long layered bob, which all stylists seem to want to give me? I would like something fun and edgy. My hair is very straight.
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A layered bob does nothing for fine hair Ė in fact, cutting into the weight of the hair can often leave it looking thinner Ė so Iím surprised that so many stylists have recommended this style. Instead, a bob with a blunt razor sharp edge that sits an inch below your jawline would appear far denser. As a general rule, the thinner the hair, the shorter and blunter the bob should be cut. A blunt, single length bob is also far more edgy and stylish than a layered one; so many celebrities are wearing their hair in this style too. If youíre intent on steering away from a bob though, a long pixie cut can add density and fullness to thin hair, plus itís a fun style that can be adapted to suit your face shape. If you prefer a softer, more feminine looking pixie cut, keep the hair around the hairline and ears longer. If you prefer a longer look then perhaps consider trying out extensions? A professional hairdresser who is experienced in extensions, or a hair loss specialist, such as the Northern Hair Loss Clinic will be able to advise on which type of extensions can give your hair extra volume and density, as well as length, but without weighing down your naturally fine locks.
|Kristine asks: |
I have quite long hair, with very rough and dry mid-lengths and ends. It is also thinning quite badly. I donít blow-dry my hair or use any heated appliances, and I donít dye it. It really bothers me and I donít know what to do anymore- plus Iím very nervous about my hair falling out!
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It sounds like your hair is naturally very dry, and has suffered some form of damage to the cuticle, which is leaving it with that Ďroughí appearance. Unfortunately, once the cuticle becomes damaged it is more prone to further damage and weakening and so it is likely that not using the right products regularly has exacerbated the problem. ...More >
First of all I would suggest a good trim Ė your hairstylist will be able to see how much of the ends is beyond repair and in need of cutting. If you can afford to, I would also consider trying a professional treatment that is designed to smooth, condition and inject shine into dry damaged locks. Next, I would look at the products you are using and how often you are using them. Invest in a shampoo, conditioner, and hydrating leave-on treatment or serum that are designed for dry and damaged locks. I would also suggest buying a deep conditioning treatment, and using once or twice a week, until you see an improvement in the quality of your hair. Avoid shampooing daily, as the natural oils within your scalp will help to condition your hair.
The thinning you are experiencing is most likely to be the weak damaged hairs breaking away Ė rather than hair loss from the follicle Ė so this should improve once you start to improve the overall condition of your hair. If you donít see an improvement, or are concerned that the hair is falling out at the scalp, then speak to your GP who can refer you to see a trichologist. At Westrow. we refer our clients with thinning hair problems to the Northern Hair Loss Clinic, as they are experts in that arena and able to advise in the areas we canít help with. Finally, itís great that you have been avoiding damaging your hair further with colour or using heated appliances, however once you see an improvement in your hairís condition, there is no reason to avoid these entirely. Just be sure to use heat-protective products before using any heated appliances, and professional pre-colour conditioning treatments, such as Olaplex, prior to any colour treatment.
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