Check with your physician or dermatologist to make sure there is no underlying medical condition that needs to be treated.
If the hair loss is triggered by an underlying medical condition, once the condition has been treated, chances are the hair will grow back.
Although you can’t control your genetics or heredity, you can make healthy changes to your diet. Eat plenty of lean meat, fruits, green leafy vegetables, flax seeds, carrots, eggs, beans and nuts and whole grains. Protein, iron, silica and vitamins B (including biotin) C, D, and E are essential to hair health and growth.
Q. Are there any hair care products which will make my hair appear thicker and which products should I avoid?
A. Avoid any products that will make your hair oily or greasy as these will cause your hair to look thinner than it is.
The topical treatment, Minoxidil (Rogaine) can be used as part of a plan of action to prevent additional hair loss. Unlike Propecia, it is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in women. If treatment with Minoxidil is started, to maintain results, you must continue to use the product.
Choose moisturizing and voluminizing shampoos while avoiding overheating your hair with blow dryers and hot curling irons.
Cosmetic use of wigs, hair weaves, extensions or hair pieces are all viable options for women and readily available.
Q. Do I have to be careful with hair extensions? Can they cause more damage to my hair?
A. Yes, be careful. Hair loss, called Traction alopecia, can be caused by too many cornrows, tight braids that pull the hair too tightly and sewn-in track extensions with heavy glues. Cold fusion and hair grafts are some of the best types of hair extension attachments or processes.
Make sure you chose a salon with experienced professionals who can work with a client’s hair loss.
The good news is that expertly placed hair extensions can add length as well as volume and thickness to thinning hair.
Q. How can I give my hair some additional volume?
A. Go for the 3-C’s: Cut, color and curl. Women know it is important to have a good stylist who is familiar with your hair. A good cut lays the foundation for the rest of your style. This might be done with layering, feathering or a graduated cut.
Thin hair does best with shorter cuts that can add fullness, as long thin hair can get stringy and lay flat against the head. If you want curl, don’t use a curling iron which can damage your hair, but use old-fashioned rollers, which won’t damage your hair.
Blow dry your hair upside down, and choose styling products that don’t weigh down the hair like waxes, gels and pomades. A better choice is a styling mouse or one that lifts the roots.