Over the past twenty years dermatologists have observed a gradual increase in the amount of women and men experiencing problems regarding hair loss. In attempting to stop thinning hair it’s important to understand the underlying reasons why thinning hair happens and what external factors could be causing it. While hereditary factors play the best role in deciding if a man is going experience thinning hair there are also several other factors which can play a part.
Men who suffer from baldness typically begin with a receding hairline and thinning at the crown. The hair loss slowly progresses into a bald spot at the crown and complete baldness on the top of the scalp. It’s now universally accepted that the most common cause of thinning hair in men is attributed to a chemical derived from testosterone known as dyhydrotestosterone (DHT).
While usually thought of as a male problem, thinning hair now affects over 40% of women over age 40. While male baldness displays a certain pattern, women’s hair loss tends to happen as an overall thinning this can be called”diffuse thinning”. There are a number of causes for thinning hair in woman and it is important to get a GPs diagnosis before trying to deal with the condition. Certain conditions such as pregnancy, childbirth, overactive thyroid and menopause may affect the hormone balance and these can all contribute to thinning hair. Other factors that can cause thinning hair in women are brought about by the use of intense hair treatments such as colorants, perms and hot oil treatments. These may inflame the scalp causing damage to the hair follicles.
There are a now a large number of hair loss prevention and re-growth remedies available for both men and women. One of the main treatments that can stop thinning hair and stimulate development is a topical solution containing an ingredient called minoxidil. There are also several shampoos for thinning hair which work by removing the damaging DHT compound from the scalp. In addition to the topical remedies there are lots of dietary supplements containing vitamin B6, biotin, magnesium, saw palmetto and folic acid which help with thinning hair. There is also a treatment named Finasteride that’s clinically proven to prevent thinning hair but only works for men. Based on the precise type of hair loss some of these treatments might have to be used regularly to prevent hair loss reoccurring.
Disguising Thinning Hair
While there are many effective treatments available to stop thinning hair it may take several months before results are noticed. In this time there are many products and techniques that may be used to make the existing hair look thicker and healthier. Hair loss conditioners can thicken the hair follicles by as much as 300% and blow drying hair may also be used to make thinning hair look fuller. Certain hair designs will also be better suited to thinning hair, in general shorter hair is better, growing hair longer to cover up thinning hair isn’t recommended.
The reasons why thinning hair happens can be varied and complicated but it’s very important to know what the underlying issues are before proceeding with the correct course of treatment. Hair loss treatments are now much more effective than they were ten years back and it is now possible to stop thinning hair in the vast majority of cases.