For some folks with fine, thin strands, the scalp can appear visible in patches. However, other people may experience excessive hair loss for various reasons, from hereditary baldness to hormone changes. Hair loss needs vary for men and women; here are some therapeutic solutions and styling techniques that can help stop, reverse, and camouflage hair loss and make thin hair look naturally fuller.
There are some amazing products that get to the root of female hair loss to stop loss and even re-grow hair. Pay attention to labels, though, because some products are specifically for men or women (MiN NY Agent Advanced 5% Hair Growth Treatment, Bosley Hair Regrowth Treatment for Women, Keranique, Spectral DNC). Keep an eye out for products that proven effective ingredients like minoxidil, retinol and adenosine.
There are also lots of styling tricks and innovative products that can multiply the look of thin hair and cover up trouble spots. Use a dry shampoo, such as Klorane Extra Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Extract to add texture and boost body at the roots. Spray close to the scalp and rough it up at the base for a quick lift. If scalp visibility is an issue, try concealing products like Organin. They come in several shades and bind to hair, instantly increasing density and disguising trouble spots.
You can beef up thin hair with a shampoo and conditioner created for waif-like strands the L’ANZA Healing Volume Thickening Shampoo. Expand strands before styling with a volumizing spray or thickening serum like Energizer Hair Thickening Serum. Our friend Riad Azar, L’Oreal Professional Hair Stylist, recommends using hot rollers on thinning hair because they create volume with least risk of damage. Try Caruso 30 Molecular Ion Steam Hairsetter, which uses non-damaging ion technology and delivers dramatic results.
Genetics are often to blame for male hair loss, but you can easily defy your destiny. Nioxin Systems gently cleanse hair, removing toxins, residue and DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) known for contributing to male pattern hair loss.
Men can fight also stave off losing strands with products containing minoxidil. One of the most popular products is MiN NY Agent Advanced 5% Hair Growth Treatment, which is clinically proven to halt hair loss and stimulate re-growth. But be sure to double check, because some hair loss products are specifically for men or women.
A good textured hair cut is also important and can make you look like you have more than you do, says male grooming expert Maureen DiMaio, stylist at Truman’s Gentleman’s Groomers in NYC. Style strands with a matte molding cream like Joe Grooming Texture Paste to add definition and volume. Avoid anything too shiny because it can draw attention to the scalp through less full areas. There are also great camouflaging and hair thickening products that stick to hair to visually increase thickness and conceal balding areas (that’s serious male bonding!).
Secret Weapon: Swap Your Showerhead
There are ways you can also help prevent hair from falling out in the first place. Celebrity hair stylist, Anthony Cristiano, with Artists by Timothy Priano suggests putting a charcoal filter on your shower head. It keeps hair healthier and maintains what you have by removing mineral deposits which can cause thinning.