Being smart about the products you use in your hair can not only make your hair look better now, but it can slow your hair loss for the future.
Avoid products made with sulfates because they break down the natural oils that keep your hair shiny and smooth.
Preservatives like formaldehyde and parabens are best avoided, as are harsh fragrances and alcohols. Look for products that are made with natural ingredients to moisturize and protect your hair.
When you start losing your hair, your first instinct may be to keep the hair you have for as long as possible. The reality is, however, that shorter hairstyles can make your hair look healthier and more voluminous.
To maximize the volumizing effects of a shorter hairstyle, have your stylist incorporate some interior layers as well. This is a technique in which the stylist takes vertical sections of the hair and makes an angled cut from front to back.
Changing your hairstyle once in a while is good for your hair. The longer you keep your part in the same place, the more your hair gets used to falling in that direction and that may prevent the roots from getting any fresh air.
If you use a blow dryer to part your hair, it also means that the top layer of hair may suffer from heat damage, leaving you with dry spots that become prone to brittleness and breakage.
To try out a new part, brush your hair backward from the hairline and let it fall naturally. Notice which way the hair settles and make that your new part but avoid a center part - this is a hard look to pull off.
If you have a cowlick, you may want to work with it rather than against it. Another option is to simply move your regular part a half-inch or so to one side.
Though heat damage can cause your hair to dry out, making it more prone to breakage, the proper application of heat can actually give thinning hair a more voluminous appearance.
The key is to divide your hair into segments so none of your hair is exposed to the heat for too long. You’ll also want to use a diffuser to spread the heated air over a wider area and dry your hair from root to tip for maximum volume. Here’s how to properly blow out your hair:
In addition to following these steps to blow out your hair, you may want to apply a heat-protective product to your hair as well.
We also recommend blow-drying your hair no more than three or four times per week – give your hair a rest day in between blow-outs.
If you are self-conscious about the lack of hair on your head, think about growing out your facial hair. Though there is certainly something to be said for a clean-shaven look, a neatly groomed beard can transform your appearance and give you a boost of confidence. It may also distract from the thinning hair on your head.
A recent study published by the Office of the Journal of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society revealed that the perception of a man’s masculinity (as reported by adult women) increases along with the amount of facial hair he has. The study also revealed that the most attractive style of facial hair is heavy stubble.
There is something soothing about a scalp massage but, performed regularly, it could do more than just help you destress – it could stimulate hair growth as well.
According to the results of a small Japanese study, regular scalp massage boosts circulation to the hair follicles which may boost hair growth and increase hair thickness over time (at 24 weeks after initiation of scalp massage).
To reap the benefits of scalp massage for yourself, follow these steps:
To maximize the benefits of scalp massage, you should plan to spend about 5 minutes a day massaging your scalp. According to the previously mentioned study, daily scalp massage has the potential to improve the thickness of your hair when practiced continually for 24 weeks.
Just because your hair is thinning doesn’t mean you have to be ashamed of your appearance. By incorporating a few simple styling tips you can disguise your hair loss while giving your treatment time to do its job.
Whether you choose to rock a new ‘do or simply change your styling habits, sport your new look with confidence!