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T hin or thinning hair is a widespread condition. Men often experience hair loss from male pattern baldness, but both women and men may experience thin hair in their lifetime. No matter what the cause, it may be possible to help hair look naturally thicker by using everyday products. Read on to find out what you can do to turn those limp tresses into luscious locks.

Recognizing thin hair

Before learning signs of hair thinning, it is important to understand what average hair fall looks like, and what may cause hair loss in the first place.

People will lose, on average, about 100 to 125 hairs per day. If you’ve skipped a shampoo or two it may appear as though you’ve lost significantly more hair.

Women typically experience hair loss on the top of their heads, near their partings. If you can see your scalp through your hair, especially in this area, it may be because your hair is thinning.

Difference between thin and fine hair

Fine hair refers to the thickness or diameter of the individual strand of hair. Thin hair refers to the overall density of the hair follicles across the scalp.


- Family history (Heredity)

The most common cause of hair loss is a hereditary condition called male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness. It usually occurs gradually with aging and in predictable patterns - a receding hairline and bald spots in men and thinning hair in women.

- Hormonal changes and medical conditions

A variety of conditions can cause permanent or temporary hair loss, including hormonal changes due to pregnancy, childbirth, menopause and thyroid problems. Medical conditions include alopecia areata which causes patchy hair loss, scalp infections such as ringworm and a hair-pulling disorder called trichotillomania.

- Medications and supplements

Hair loss can be a side effect of certain drugs, such as those used for cancer, arthritis, depression, heart problems, gout and high blood pressure.

Age matters

One in three women will notice hair thinning or hair loss after age 30, and it can start as early as the 20s. Most people lose between 50-100 hairs a day, which is considered normal.

Colouring thin hair

With a few precautions, colouring thinning hair can be safe - and may even protect the hair shaft from breaking. There is a myth that permanent hair-colour is damaging, but that’s only true if you bleach your hair or if you use the colour incorrectly.

Haircuts for thin and fine hair

Thin hair often appears flat, limp and unable to hold any more or less voluminous style. With the right haircuts and hairstyles for thin hair you’ll add the desirable body and illusion of thickness to your fine tresses.

Shag haircuts for fine hair are one of great body-gaining solutions. They are flattering for both types of hair – curly and straight. Hairstyles for fine straight hair emphasize the delicate structure of fine hair strands. The shorter the length is, the thicker they will seem. So, short hairstyles for fine hair are an absolutely winning choice.

Hair styles for thin and fine hair

* Asymmetrical bob

* Loosely slicked back

* Wavy lob- (long bob)

* Deep side part

* Uneven bangs

* Pixie cut

* Angled bob

Texturizing thin hair

Stylists use a variety of cutting techniques to create the perfect cut for any particular hair type.

Two techniques commonly used by professionals are texturizing and thinning. Each provides a unique look and solves style issues, such as bulkiness, bluntness and flat, lackluster hair.

Texturizing and thinning create two very different and distinct looks. Hair that has been thinned will appear thinner, flatter and more controlled. Your stylist creates this look by thinning out sections of hair to remove bulk. Textured hair has a wispy appearance with shaggy, choppy or feathered layers and has more body than hair that has been blunt-cut with shears.

Relaxing fine hair

One size does not fit all. There are many factors to consider when relaxing fine hair. Hair texture is one aspect. Fine hair breaks down more easily by chemicals, so you must make sure to move quickly when applying to avoid over processing and breakage.

Stretching is another aspect to look out for. If you have fine hair and decide to stretch, it must be done with patience. Stretching relaxers on fine hair is a challenge. You will have to treat your hair with extra special care, when washing, conditioning and styling.

Giving thin hair a fuller look

There are many techniques and products in the market to aid and assist with creating volume in fine hair. However it is best to consult a professional beautician when you think about purchasing such a product.

Getting layers

If you have thin hair, length won’t do much for it. Instead opt for haircuts with layers in medium length. If you don’t mind going short with your hair, bobs and blunt hairstyles also give an illusion of more voluminous and fuller hair.

Hiding your scalp

Your hair colour will not help your scalp to become less noticeable as the colour will only stain the scalp for a short period of time. A better option would be to apply hair fibers to your part.

These are very small, coloured, plastic-based fibers that attach directly to your hair and scalp. This comes in the form of a dusting powder and can be purchased in any colour.

- Compiled by Ruwini Jayawardana


Home remedies for thin and fine hair


* Perhaps the cheapest method of getting thicker hair is a scalp massage.

* Essential oils used on the scalp

* Hair thinning shampoo

* Taking multivitamins

* Folic acid supplements once you have checked with your doctor

* Biotin supplement

* Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids

* Consult a dermatologist for further assistance

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