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How to Combat Thinning Hair

As we get older, it’s a sad fact that most people’s hair gets thinner. Even people with the thickest head of hair find that thinning starts to happen as they age. Obviously this is more common in men but it happens to women also, especially after menopause. Whereas men have the option of taking control of things and shaving their heads, this is not as much of an option for women.
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As we get older, it’s a sad fact that most people’s hair gets thinner.  Even people with the thickest head of hair find that thinning starts to happen as they age.  Obviously this is more common in men but it happens to women also, especially after menopause.  Whereas men have the option of taking control of things and shaving their heads, this is not as much of an option for women.

To combat thinning hair there are a couple of approaches you can take.  We spoke to Dr. Francesca Fusco of Wexler Dermatology in New York City to get her recommendations on how to combat thinning hair.  Dr. Fusco recommends three things:

1)   Take a multivitamin that supports your internal health and any deficiencies that lead to excessive hair loss.

2)   Maintain the strength of your existing hair by starting at the foundation, which is your scalp.  The product Clear Scalp and Hair Beauty Therapy Mask does this.  It is a once a week mask that conditions and feeds hair.

3)   Lastly, for female pattern baldness, monoxidil (which is in various products) has proven to be effective, but you must start it earlier rather than later when hair loss is more noticeable.

Moran Gallagher, expert colorist at Miza salon in New York also has suggestions about how to disguise thinning hair.

1)   Use styling products like thickening sprays and volumizing products.  They do work but they only last shampoo to shampoo.  There are a lot of texture hairsprays that add volume and thickness to each hair, but it is an illusion because it is not permanent.

2)   Coloring. By using different colors you can add dimension, which makes hair look thicker and fuller.

3)   Style it.  You can get a perm, which helps make it look thicker, but you have to figure out how to style it because you are altering the texture of your hair completely; it does work though.

4)   Hair weaves.  A lot of clients use hair weaves as they get older. ” I have a lot of clients that get extensions, not to make their hair look longer but to make it look thicker.  They actually grab a small portion of your own hair and attach extension hair to it.  It comes with the light glue that they melt around the hair.  They add pieces of hair to your individual hair to add thickness.  This gives more pieces to each strand.  You have to be careful about the type of extensions you have and who puts them in.  Done by the wrong person, putting too much weight on already fine, brittle hair can actually cause the hair to break more.  With fine hair you have to make sure you find an extension technician who will not stress the hair more.  I have seen people with breakage and bald spots who did not get good extensions.”

 

 

 

 

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