What to Avoid When You Have Thinning Hair
Thinning hair is a common issue but learning these common hair mistakes can help you support your strands.
Thinning hair in women can be a stressful issue, yet high stress levels can actually contribute to hair loss. This is just one example of why it’s important to understand which of your everyday habits could be making things worse and what you can do to help.
Making just a few small adjustments to your lifestyle and hair care routine can help prevent further damage and address the deeper causes of thinning hair. We created this list of hair care tips for thin hair to help guide you towards some easily achievable healthy hair habits. Keep reading and we’ll walk you through what to avoid and what to seek out, as well as providing some anti-hair loss product recommendations from our Densifique range.
1. Avoid stress
Excessive or prolonged stress is first on our list of what to avoid if you have thinning hair. Everyone feels a little stressed out from time to time but being in a long-term state of stress is bad for your mental, physical and hair health. Having high levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) in your blood over a long period of time can lead to stress-related hair loss, in fact hair loss can be a common symptom of stress in general. Stress hormones are also linked with an increased likelihood of experiencing dandruff and dull-looking locks.
So, what can you do about this? We recommend working to build healthy lifestyle habits to help you manage your stress levels. This could involve exercise, meditation, taking time out for rest, or anything else that works for you.
2. Avoid neglecting your scalp
The importance of good scalp care tends to be vastly underestimated in the world of haircare and having a healthy scalp is particularly important when it comes to caring for thin hair. Adequate circulation levels in the scalp play a major part in preventing hair loss, as each hair follicle needs an adequate supply of oxygen and nutrients to do its job.
One way to help support scalp circulation is to make sure you’re gently massaging your scalp each time you apply your shampoo. You can also incorporate products that will help activate scalp circulation, like our Densifique Cure Densité Scalp Treatment. Formulated with stem cell mimicking Stemoxydine, thickening Complex Glycan, Texturizing Polymer and vitamins B3, B5 and B6 to help support follicular activity. Massage into your scalp daily to help your hair appear visibly thicker and feel more resilient.
3. Avoid styling carelessly
When you’re styling your hair every day, it’s easy to overlook the cumulative impact of all that pulling, heating and securing. Treating your hair roughly while brushing, overdoing the heat styling or frequently wearing tight hairstyles can cause hair breakage, which only increases the appearance of thinning hair.
Being gentle while styling is a key part of how to make thin hair look thicker. You can also try washing your hair a little less frequently to avoid subjecting your strands to the rigours of washing, drying and styling. When you do wash your hair, we recommend using a density shampoo and conditioner like our Densifique Bain Densité Shampoo and our Densifique Fondant Densité Conditioner to help awaken dormant hair follicles and increase resistance to breakage.
4. Avoid over-colouring your hair
Thinning hair in women can sometimes be exacerbated by excessive colouring. Putting your hair through too much colour processing can cause unnecessary hair breakage which will contribute to hair loss, especially if you do your own colour at home. If you’re wanting to colour your thin hair, we recommend consulting with an experienced hairstylist – you can find a Kérastase salon here to connect with advanced expertise and get the colour of your dreams without the damage.
5. Don’t disregard your diet
Our final recommended element of hair loss care comes down to the foods you eat – or don’t eat. As we know, overall health plays a direct role in the health of your scalp and hair follicles, and diet is a key part of this.
We’re not suggesting you should be restrictive with what you eat, in fact this can actually do more harm than good. Healthy, nutritious foods can contribute greatly to hair health, so a balanced diet featuring foods rich in vitamins, minerals and healthy fats is key.
On the other hand, a lack of vitamin rich foods can contribute to hair loss if your overall nutrition is not managed properly over time. So, try to include fruits, vegetables and healthy proteins in your day-to-day intake, or consider incorporating supplements to support your hair.
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