It doesn’t have quite the rep as “balding,” but perhaps that’s why fewer people are talking about it. If your mirror is telling you that your hair isn’t quite as thick and voluminous as it once was, you’re in the right place.
What does “thinning hair” mean exactly?
This refers to minor-to-moderate hair loss. “Unlike widespread hair loss, thinning hair doesn’t necessarily cause baldness. It does, however, give the appearance of thinner spots of hair on your head. Thinning hair happens gradually, which means you have time to pinpoint the causes and figure out the best treatment measures.” (Healthline)
If you’re finding a few strands in your shower drain or coming out in your hairbrush, you can relax. It’s completely normal to lose up to 100 hair strands per day.
But if you’re starting to notice overall thinning or thinning in specific areas around your scalp, you’ll want to begin exploring causes.
What causes thinning hair?
As men and women age, many begin to experience some level of thinning hair. While probably not what you’d like to hear, the good news is that most cases of thinning hair are not linked to an overall health concern. (Though if you have concerns, do reach out to your health care provider.)
Sometimes, you have your parents to thank. Other times, you’ll want to look deeper into your lifestyle habits. Ask yourself...
- Are you overtreating your hair? (Color treatments, temporary color, perms, relaxers, etc.)
- Do you regularly wear your hair pulled back tightly into a pony or bun?
- Could you be lacking variety in your diet, missing out on key nutrients for hair growth (folic acid, iron, etc.)?
- Are you experiencing new or increased stress? (Stress hormones may prevent new hairs from growing.)
- Is your hair thinning around your part? (Especially important if you part your hair the exact same way, every day: Try mixing up your part to avoid stressing that same area.)
Help! How do I treat my thinning hair?
Even if your hair loss is not linked to a health concern, we understand that it can put a dent in your self-confidence, impacting your day-to-day and your mental health. Here are some easy remedies to consider:
- Scalp massage: This increases blood flow to your scalp and may help with hair growth. Besides, who doesn’t love a good massage?
- Special shampoos: Volume-boosting shampoos can camouflage thinning, while (good) anti-thinning shampoos will contain growth-stimulating vitamins.
- Vitamin supplements: Folic acid is a type of B vitamin, known for its role in cell generation.
Mint & Needle’s Hair Serum improves proteins in dermal papilla for better hair follicle anchoring, inducing a visible increase in hair density and providing fuller, thicker, and healthier looking hair. This powerful serum is clinically proven to reduce the production of DHT (an androgen hormone that can contribute to hair loss). This serum is designed for loss of hair due to stress, fatigue, pregnancy, medication, or seasonal changes.
Mint & Needle’s Hair Loss Prevention and PRF is an injectable treatment. Once platelets are applied and injected to your skin, these growth factors signal for cell growth and collagen synthesis that is necessary for healing. For maximum results, we recommend repeating this treatment once a month for the first four months, and from there on, just coming in once every six months.
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Still unsure what could be causing your hair loss? That’s okay! Book a consultation with us, and our Mint & Needle medical team will join you in your hair confidence journey.