According to an expert estimate, losing up to 100 or more hairs a day may not usually be a cause of concern. Given the fact that about 90% of the hair follicles are continuously engaged in producing hair, there may not be a reason for every man going bald.
However, almost half of American men (above 50 years of age) experience hair thinning. Hair loss in men mostly account to genetic factors.
Although you cannot stop hair loss, you can control it to certain extent. 7 vital components have been given here for consideration when dealing with thin hair.
Dealing with Thinning Hair for Men
Fallacy of Hair Care Products
Be prudent not to be tempted towards the ‘miracle’ hair care products which claim to reverse the thinning process. There can be countless products adorning the market which claim to be extraordinary.
Instead, you may consider consulting your doctor about the approved and established methods of treating hair loss. Finasteride and minoxidil are (supposedly) two FDA approved products which can help deal with hair loss. In any case, ensure you make the right investment by gaining information before trying one.
Importance of Hair Healthy Diet
Your hair may speak about your health; and diet plays a crucial role in maintaining health. Biotin, zinc and protein play an important role in hair growth and thickening. A diet comprising sufficient fruits, vegetables, whole grains and omega-3 fatty acids can be good for your hair’s health.
Administering multivitamin supplements may take care of any unusual nutritional deficiency, should the need be. Some good and hair healthy food items which can be included in diet are salmon, spinach, carrot, oyster, cashew, brazil nut, walnut and low-fat dairy products.
Appropriate Hair Care Technique
Hair care should does not engage in use of harsh chemicals/dyes, bleaching, excessive brushing and blow drying. Use a wide-toothed comb for thin hair. As far as possible, avoid blow drying; should you do it, keep the heat to the minimum as heat can damage your already weak hair quite easily.
Curl-relaxing products may be avoided for their strong chemical content. Over styling can be bad for thin hair. Fine hair can easily break on excessive use of shampoo. However, fine textured hair also gets dirty more frequently. Choose a good shampoo with a volume-building conditioner.
Choose styling Techniques for Best Suitability
You can choose diverse styling techniques which can make your hair look fuller and better. Whether you choose a barber or a stylist, ensure that scissor works best for your hair. It is more likely that a stylist will shape your hair to suit you as a barber may deliver only as you say. Trained stylists can determine appropriate styling parameters to fit your hair.
When styling hair, avoid tight hairstyles as they can pull and damage hair. With thinning hair, growing hair longer can make them look separated. They can be kept small (although not too small) to produce a feathering effect. Styling gels can make hair look scattered and create more empty areas revealing the scalp. Creams and lotions may produce a better and natural appeal.
Sometimes, you may want to grow a beard to make up for the thin hair on the head. When doing so, ensure you have a clean margin which is regularly trimmed. Untidy facial hair does not speak well about your personality.
Give a fuller Appeal
Another remedy for giving a boost to thin hair is getting permanent wave. Thin hair may also benefit from permanent or semi permanent coloring. Coloring can give volume to your hair. However, since colored hair can easily get over processed and damaged (causing further hair loss), take professional advice to determine the pros and cons before implementing a technique. The ammonia or peroxide free colors may be more suited and less damaging for hair.
Another option for volume-building is using products which can give volume to hair. These products, however, can contain paraffin (beeswax) and can make hair break. Ensure their credibility before using by connecting to an authentic salon or store.
Stress may not have a direct relationship with a health condition but can contribute to a symptom. Chronic anxiety, illness, shock and surgery can act as stressors to damage hair.
If you experience undue stress, try to avoid the triggers. Else, you may implement any of the meditative practices (like yoga), listen to music or do what makes you relaxed and happy. The idea is to balance the negative emotions so that they do not become overwhelming and detrimental.
Sun Damage and Medication
Excessive exposure to sun can make hair brittle, which can break and split easily. Thinning hair can put your scalp also at the risk of sun burn. Protect your hair and scalp by covering it using a hat or light fabric.
Medications can also cause hair thinning in men. Cholesterol-lowering medicines, antibiotics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), chemotherapy, etc. can result in hair loss and hair thinning. Hair loss may stop when the medication regime is completed.