One third of women will experience hair thinning by the time they hit their 30s and 40% of all hair loss sufferers are women – these are surprising statistics considering hair loss is a characteristically male issue. Hair loss, commonly called “miniaturization” by haircare professionals, occurs when hair follicles shrink resulting in hair growing thinner and being more prone to breakage. There are many factors that can contribute to miniaturization but aging, hormonal changes such as pregnancy, stress and illness, and using chemical products on the hair are the biggest culprits.
Don’t fret – there are many accessible options for preventing hair loss nowadays. Below are a few of the most popular methods for rejuvenating your limp locks.
It may seem unconventional but exfoliating your scalp can be very beneficial to thinning and lifeless hair. Exfoliation not only clears out dead skin cells and product buildup but has the potential to get rid of excess DHT, a hair loss inducing hormone. All you need to exfoliate is a bit of raw sugar from your pantry mixed into your shampoo – gently massage it into your scalp with your finger tips and you’re good to go!
2. Add supplements to your diet:
Haircare focused supplements are gaining popularity and they aren’t just a fad. “Supplements can be enormously helpful, as they strengthen the hair from the inside out,” says Dr. Francesca Fusco, of Manhattan’s Wexler Dermatology. Look for products that contain biotin, keratin, and amino acids to really boost your hair growth.
3. Ditch the chemicals:
Haircare products are full of toxic parabens, sulfates, and irritating fragrances. “These [toxic] ingredients irritate and inflame the scalp, deplete beneficial nutrients, and ultimately sabotage the natural hair cycle,” says New York City dermatologist Dr. Neil Sadick. So, it’s important to buy naturally derived products that don’t contain any of those nasty ingredients.
4. Laser therapy:
For something more effective Dr. Sadick considers laser therapy a good option, “Energy-based devices are in the forefront of hair-loss treatments… Energy from the lasers is absorbed by the cells of the hair follicles, stimulating their metabolism and protein synthesis,” he explains. Laser therapy has been clinically proven to increase hair growth and reverse hair thinning. There are in-office treatment options and at-home ones… do your research and talk to a doctor if you think laser therapy could work for you.