Thinning hair can be a real drag. For many women (and guys too!) our hair is part of our identity, and we all want to look our best. While that may sound superficial, they say that first impressions last, so when you want your first impression to look healthy and well-groomed, there are a few different ways you can improve the thickness of your hair.
Overall health check
If your hair has suddenly thinned or you are experiencing bald patches, get thee to the doctor. There are a number of medical conditions that can cause hair thinning, so if this sounds like you, it’s time for a check up. On the other hand, if you thinning hair has crept up on you and you have a clean bill of health, it may be that you are experiencing hereditary hair thinning. One way to check this is to look at your closest relatives. What do your parents’ hair look like? Your siblings? Chances are you will all have similar hair types.
Wash with care
Experiment with washing your hair less. It may take a week or two for your hair to adapt, (it may feel a bit oily while your scalp adjusts to the change) but if you can get away with less washing, your hair is less likely to become dry and brittle. While we’re on the topic of shampooing- check the label on your shampoo. Avoid brands that use sulphates, as these harsh detergents have no place on your beautiful hair. Go for good quality shampoos and conditioners. Hairdressers recommend applying a deep-conditioning mask at least once per week.
When styling your looks, avoid heat treatments as much as possible. Heat damages the hair and increases the likelihood of hair breakage. Opt for naturally air-drying your hair, and only apply hot irons or hairdryers on special occasions. If you love the poker-straight locks that are achieved using hair straighteners, at least try to get a few days out of them (see above tip about washing your hair less!).
To add extra volume, try clip-in hair extensions. These are quick and fun for a special occasion, and unlike weaves or glue-in hair extensions, they won’t damage your hair in the process. If a more subtle effect is required, consider keratin fibre sprays, which effectively ‘fill in’ the thin areas of your hair. Visit biothikaustralia.com.au for an example of this kind of product. If you aren’t experiencing hair-thinning, but would still like more volume, try styling your hair using volumising sprays, which can give the illusion of up to 30% more hair. Whether your hair is just a little bit limp, or seriously thinning, there are a number of ways you can achieve thicker hair. For best results, take a multi-faceted approach, and try all four of these different treatment options. Written by Amelia Stuckey