We all wish we could have naturally thick and luscious hair forever, however, thinning hair is a problem many women (and men) face on the regular. There are many reasons why your hair may be thinning, including age, over-processing your hair, stress, using the incorrect products, conditions like Alopecia, and more.
If you find yourself constantly asking, "Why is my hair falling out?" and wondering how to hide thinning hair, we've got some answers for you.
So...what is the reason for hair loss and thinning hair?
The simplest answer is age. As we age, our hair, just like our skin, does too. Our scalp begins to produce less hairs, and the hair strands themselves get thinner. If you feel that you are too young and spritely to be experiencing hair loss, you may be performing some bad habits contributing to your thinning tresses.
So...how to hide thinning hair?
Luckily, there are a few tips and tricks for those experiencing hair loss to hide this issue.
1. Chop it off
An easy way to quickly create the illusion of thick, full hair is to snip a few inches off and add some layers. Shorter hair tends to naturally create more volume as it is not weighed down. Strategic layers can also add volume to thinning hair - request your hair stylist to add layers around your face and to leave the back fuller, to create body and volume.
2. Embrace the greys
As hair ages, it also greys, and guess what? Grey hair actually expands the hair's cuticle, adding additional volume! If you really can't stand those greys, however, plan to touch up your roots only once a month and add highlights every two to three weeks to keep your hair as healthy, full, and thick and possible.
3. Blow it out
Adding big volume can be achieved with a good blowout after washing your hair. The best part is, this can be done at home with one simple tool: the round brush. Using a boar bristle brush, start blow-drying damp hair by pulling section up and blow-drying in the opposite direction that the hair naturally falls. Be sure to add an additional blast of cool air for a few seconds before letting go, to set the style. You may want to warm up those arms, as this does require some extra effort and time, but trust me, it's totally worth it!
Check out the video below, to learn how to style an epic blow-out:
4. Get some help
Hair extensions, hair toppers, and wiglets are all amazing resources to disguise thin hair and instantly add amazing length and volume. For hair that is thinning at the top of the scalp, a hair topper can be a lifesaver as they are designed to target as conceal partial hair loss. These are especially helpful for those experiencing bald spots due to alopecia. You can even combine a hair topper with Luxy Hair extensions to create that full, Victoria's Secret model hairstyle you've always dreamed of! Our 220g sets are perfect for those looking to add drama and oomph to the hair. We recommend to check out this blog post to learn how to blend Luxies with thinner hair for a beautiful, seamless blend.
5. Products to hide thinning hair
A volumizing shampoo combats limpness and puffs up the hair to hide thinning and is a great prerequisite to that blow-out we mentioned earlier. Choose a shampoo that is alcohol and sulfate-free is as these ingredients can be very harsh on the hair and further lead to hall fallout and thinning. You can also add additional volume by working a volumizing mouse through the hair before blow drying. Again, try and stay away from ingredients you can't pronounce, as these can weigh the hair down.
Volumized hair is all well and good, however, if your scalp is still peeking through, there are products to help further disguise this issue. Conceal scalp lines, bald spots, and thinning hair with hair building fibres that come in many different shades to instantly transform hair and create the look of ample volume. Products like Toppik are created with high grade Keratin, which is the same protein found in natural hair. These Hair Building Fibers have a natural static charge, which tightly bind to the hair to build it up. As the fibers are created with Keratin, they blend naturally and undetectably into the hair! Be careful though, there are many imitation products that use Keratin derived from plant-based materials, cotton, or rayon, which can end up looking unnatural or clumpy. When shopping for Hair Building Fibers, ensure that the Keratin has been derived from a natural wool source, as this contains a natural static charge for the most natural blend possible.
(Photo from Toppik Canada)
So...how do I prevent hair loss?
Now that we've covered how to hide thinning hair, here are some hair growth tips to preventing thinning hair and boosting hair growth.
Hair oils are our fave, as certain oils promote certain benefits to the hair. Castor Oil is rich in Vitamin E, proteins, and minerals, and has anti-microbial properties that works wonders for the hair! Not only does Castor Oil soften and moisturize the hair, it promotes blood circulation in the scalp, which can lead to faster hair growth. To use Castor Oil in your hair, apply it on scalp and run through the hair, leave it in overnight, and wash it with a mild shampoo the next day. This oil is quite thick and can be a bit difficult to wash out, however, with regular use, your hair should grow thick, moisturized, and lustrous. Here are a few of our other favourite hair oils for gorgeous hair.
Supplements like Biotin or Vitamin H are also great for promoting healthy hair, skin, and nails. You can take biotin as an extra supplement or in your daily diet - foods like egg yolk, almonds, nut butters, bananas, and whole grains are packed with biotin - be sure to eat them raw to get the full effect of this vitamin for hair growth.
Taking super hot showers, is also a big no-no when it comes to keeping you hair as healthy and thick as possible. Hot water and steam dehydrates the hair, causing brittle strands that are more prone to breakage and fall out. Instead, turn down the heat to medium, and try and rinse your hair with cold water - we know, this can be super difficult when it's freezing cold outside, but your hair will thank you!
After showers, pat dry your hair and refrain from aggressively towel drying, as this could lead to breakage and shedding. Comb your locks with a paddle brush BEFORE showering, and refrain from brushing the hair when wet.
When choosing your hair style, keep it loose! Tight ponytails and hairstyles can put excessive tension on hair follicles, which can damage and permanently destroy them. This could even lead to traction alopecia, making hair impossible to grow back. Check out our YouTube channel for many beautiful loose hairstyle ideas.
For additional tips and tricks to preventing thinning hair and promoting hair growth, be sure to watch the video below and check out this blog post where Mimi shares her own special words of advice.