Thinning hair can be a frustrating, seemingly hopeless appearance change for people of any age. It can lead to loss of confidence, self-esteem problems, and can be simply frustrating to manage on your own.
The first step in regaining control of your hairstyle is accepting that some things are out of your control. Embrace your new look and try to see that thinning hair isn’t the end. It’s the beginning of a more seasoned chapter in your style.
Instead of losing your sanity over thinning hair, let’s take a look the facts about hair loss and see what we can do to help you reclaim your style.
Balding is genetic, and your genetics are the most common indicator of whether balding will happen to you. There’s a ton of research on what chemical changes in your body lead to balding, as well as which medial conditions may be a cause of hair loss.
There are also other factors to consider – like age, high stress levels, poor diet, medications, smoking, and, drinking – that may contribute to balding.
But ultimately, if a bunch of people in your family are bald, chances are it'll happen to you too. And your first thought might be, “Isn’t there something I can take to get my hair to grow back?”
The truth is, miracle hair growth formulas and magic pills that promise to miraculously give you a full head of hair are hit or miss. So much so that we’re reluctant to recommend any as a long-term solution to balding.
Use the right hair products: Tossing out those mass produced shampoos, gels, and hairsprays that contain harsh chemicals are a good place to start. Use an all-natural balancing shampoo and a balancing conditioner, and other natural styling products, that will not only give you the style you’re striving for but will promote healthy hair maintenance.
Research shows that ingredients commonly found in commercial shampoos and chemical hair treatments often do more to increase the rate of balding, rather than reverse it. For example, many products on the market contain harsh chemical such as sulfates, parabens, and sodium chloride.
Sulfates are also found in car wash soaps and engine degreasers, and are designed to strip away the protective oils and proteins needed for healthy hair growth. Parabens are a type of preservative that can negatively affect the hormones that support hair growth. And sodium chloride is literal table salt – which can lead to a dry, itchy scalp and make your hair brittle. Brittle hair can eventually snap off.
Condition, always: Condition your hair every time you wash it. It helps replace the natural moisture that may have been stripped during shampooing. A good conditioner will work to rebalance your hair.
Change your daily diet: A healthy diet can help your hair stay strong and shiny. Essential fatty acids, especially Omega-3s, play a key role in the health of your skin and hair. Protein is also critical for keeping your hair healthy. Foods high in protein and essential fatty acids in your daily diet will do wonders for your hair.
Live healthier: Research shows that regular exercise and stress reduction can slow the process of hair thinning. Get outside for some vitamin D (which encourages hair growth) and take time to destress when you can. This includes dropping tobacco, vaping, and alcohol from your daily intake also.
Work with The Mailroom: Our barbers know how to help you find a style that looks sharp and suits your thinning hair without making it look like a bad toupee. We can assess your bone structure and facial features to make sure the haircut you get matches your style, and helps you look great no matter how thick or thin your hair is.
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How often should I get a haircut? Most people think it’s time to get a haircut when the hair over your ears is bothering you and the back of your neck makes you look like you’re morphing into a werewolf under a full moon. By that time, you’re actually overdue for a haircut.