If you’re seeing thinning hair or shedding, don’t worry! Today, there are so many more options than just topical drugs and chemicals. Prevention.com shares their best new at-home tips to combat thinning hair.
It’s normal to shed hair—from 50 to 100 hairs a day, in fact—but some 40% of American women are losing noticeably more by midlife, according to data presented at the most recent meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology.
The signs can be subtle—seeing more hairs in your brush and in the drain, and realizing that your part is widening or that your ponytail is shrinking. “Often women are not aware of thinning hair until they have lost 15% of their hair volume, which means it started long before they noticed it,” says trichologist, hair and scalp expert Philip Kingsley.
Fortunately, regardless of the causes of your thinning hair —whether it’s genetics, hormonal changes, medications, illness, stress or lifestyle factors — there are a number of treatments that you can do at home that can help restore fuller manes.
Daily Supplement for Thinning Hair
Models who frequent Manhattan’s Ted Gibson Salon swear by drug-free Viviscal Extra Strength tablets to maintain thicker, fuller hair and reduce shedding, according to stylist Angelica Laudiero. The star ingredients are the exclusive AminoMar® marine complex to nourish hair, biotin (a vitamin B complex that helps the body better absorb the building blocks of hair), vitamin C, which helps the body absorb more iron into the blood, and iron itself, an essential mineral that boosts the red blood cells that deliver oxygen to hair follicles.
At-Home Technology and Gadgets for Thinning Hair
For those who are not technology-averse, the HairMax LaserBand is an FDA-approved high-tech headband that has been shown to promote hair growth in clinical trials. In a 2010 study, nearly 95% of women who used the technology saw an average of 20 new hairs per centimeter after 12 weeks. Wearing the headband for just 90 seconds every other day may create the right scalp conditions—lowered inflammation, less oxidative stress, more building blocks of energy—to make weaker follicles more robust and nudge dormant follicles awake.
Lifestyle Advice to End Thinning Hair
To preserve and protect your hair, celebrity stylist Ted Gibson of Ted Gibson Salon recommends using a wide-toothed comb instead of a brush when hair is wet to avoid damaging hair when it’s most fragile. Also, be sure to use a brush with boar or nylon brushes instead of metal, which can be sharp enough to tear hair cuticles and will heat up during heat styling, which can actually burn hair. Avoid too-tight ponytails that yank at your roots. And if you must blow out your hair after every wash, first apply a heat protectant that insulates the cuticle against heat damage. Prevention recommends Pureology Style + Care Infusion and just out this month, Rene Furterer Karinga Hydrating Styling Leave-In Cream.
“What you eat can tremendously impact the health of your hair,” explains dermatologist Whitney Bowe, MD. To nourish strands from the inside out, Bowe recommends healthy fats such as avocado and salmon—because omega-3 fatty acids are hair’s building blocks and may also lower inflammation, a common cause of hair loss. Also, eat plenty of lean protein because the hair shaft is made up of 97% protein. And eat enough vitamin C, which helps the body create protein and makes the scalp better able to neutralize damaging free radicals. Finally, eat plenty of iron from sources such as tofu, spinach, beans and red meat because hair loss can be caused by low levels of iron (anemia). Even easier, Viviscal hair growth supplements for women contain marine extracts, Vitamin C, Iron, and B vitamins including Biotin and Niacin. Take two tablets of the supplement daily and you could see less shedding and hair growth results in as little as three months.