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15Nov/120

What Causes Thinning Hair?

Everyone wants thick, healthy hair with good volume and luxurious texture. But what about those of us with fine or thinning hair? Is there a way to thicken hair to get that desirable volume?

Thinning Hair

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The answer is yes; there are many ways to volumize and thicken hair. There are commercial products available, many natural home remedies you can concoct yourself, styling tips for volumizing hair, and healthy choices you can make in your diet to boost hair health.

What Makes Hair Thin?

Thinning hair can be caused by a number of factors, such as genetics, medication, stress, poor diet, medical conditions, and even the way you style your hair.

Family History

You inherit your hair from your family. This could mean generally fine or limp hair, or it could mean male or female pattern baldness. Genetics means that you can’t change the root cause of your hair loss or limp hair, but you can try some of the DIY or commercially-available products outlined below to improve the volume and thickness of your hair.

Medical Conditions

Certain medical conditions and medications can also increase your risk of hair loss or thinning hair. Hormonal conditions – such as diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome, or thyroid disease – can cause your hair to thin and become finer in texture and volume. Medications such as acne medicines, antidepressants, blood thinning medications, diet or weight loss pills, and hormonal contraception have been known to result in thinning of hair in some patients. Pay attention to your hair when you start a new medication and discuss any hair loss (or other side effects) with your doctor. It may be possible to switch to another medication to avoid the thinning of your hair. Always consult your doctor regarding any unusual hair loss if you suspect an underlying medical cause.

Lifestyle & Emotional Stress

Lifestyle factors can impact your hair's health – stress, poor diet, and lack of exercise can take their toll on your body, including your hair. By incorporating healthy decisions into your lifestyle and managing your stress (often a result of a balanced diet and a habit of exercise), you may be able to take control of your thinning hair and restore lost thickness and volume. Large stressors – such as giving birth, going through a divorce, experiencing the death of a family member or friend, or other significant stressful event – can actually interrupt the growth cycle of your hair and lead to temporary hair loss that should correct itself several months after the stress has passed.

Over Styling

Your hair's thinning may also be the result of years of harsh styling practices. Chemical processes, such as bleaching, dying, relaxing, or perming of the hair, can also lead to hair loss over an extended time. The use of heated hair appliances like flat-irons and blow-dryers can also be detrimental to your hair’s health and lead to hair loss. If you get hair extensions, repeated pulling of hair near the scalp can lead to hair loss along the crown of the head. Be kind to your hair to keep it healthy longer.

Nutrition and Your Hair

The first line of defense against hair loss or thinning is to make sure your body is happy and healthy. Your hair depends on key nutrients you can incorporate into your diet, such as:

  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Protein
  • Water
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B-5
  • Vitamin B-12
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin H (Biotin)

These nutrients can be found in plants (fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds), animal sources (red meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy), and as supplements (in chewable tablets, liquid drops, or pill form). In particular, salmon, walnuts, spinach, eggs, greek yogurt, and sweet potatoes are all good sources of many of these nutrients. It is possible to get these necessary nutrients with a vegetarian or vegan diet if you do not eat foods from animal sources, however.

Style Your Way to Voluminous Hair

Though some styling products can lead to hair loss, it is possible to style your hair to appear thicker. To style your hair with your hair's health in mind, start by drying wet hair with an absorbent towel. Be careful to gently blot at your hair instead of briskly rubbing, which can stretch and tear your strands. If you use a blow dryer, use a diffuser to keep the dryer from overheating your hair, or dry your hair using the cool air setting. You can also mix up blow drying and air drying, giving half your dry time to each method.

Combing or brushing wet hair can stretch and snap individual hairs, so gently comb out tangles with a wide-toothed comb instead of quickly brushing and pulling at wet or damp hair.

To style for additional volume, start by flipping your hair over your head and blow drying or towel drying it in that position. This will push your hair opposite the way it normally hangs and create volume. You can also style with commercially-available volumizing or thickening products, which will be discussed below. Using curlers or rollers can also increase the volume of your hair. If you are looking for a haircut to increase volume, ask your stylist for a layered cut.

Take care to not over-wash your hair, as frequent washing will strip your hair of its necessary oils and lead to your hair becoming brittle. Also, avoid using waxy products if you have thin hair, as they tend to weight down hair and make it flat instead of adding volume.

Natural Home Remedies to Thicken Hair

There are many home remedies you can take advantage of to thicken your hair without the use of commercial products. You can apply a gelatin solution (one package in ½ cup warm water), egg (beaten, rinsed out with cool water), or honey (approximately 2 tablespoons, rinsed with hot water) to your hair and scalp, let sit for about fifteen minutes, then rinse and shampoo as usual. You can also make a hair mask from banana and avocado to nourish hair and improve volume. Adding epsom salts to your regular conditioner (it’s easier to mix if you warm it up first) can also improve volume when used as a hair mask before your shower. Search DIY websites like Pinterest for more ideas to create homemade haircare and other beauty products.

Commercial Hair Thickening Products

There are plenty of products on the market that claim to provide thickness and volume to limp or thinning hair. How do these products work? Thickeners are cosmetic products with the goal of making your hair appear thicker and fuller – they do not re-grow hair that has been lost.

  • Powder thickeners electrostatically bond to your hair, giving a thicker appearance, but they can be easily transferred by heavy wind, rain, or even being rubbed by your hands or clothing.
  • Moisturizing products such as shampoo and conditioners, thickening oil treatments, and other volumizing products thicken hair by plumping up the hair shaft with moisture, which temporarily makes the hair stand up for more body.
  • Aerosol thickeners are colored products sprayed onto thinning hair, where they dry with a strong bond and give the appearance of fuller hair.

Boost! Your Hair's Volume

Avacor® offers an array of thickening hair products to treat your hair to the luxurious volume it deserves. Whether your hair is thinning or you just want some extra volume, Avacor has a product that can help you. Avacor Boost! Hair Thickening Serum can help add volume to thinning hair. Our Thickening Shampoo helps add volume and body to hair.

Healthy, Thick Hair Can Be Yours

Thin hair happens. Many things can lead to thinning hair, hair loss, and generally fine-textured hair – like genetics, medical reasons, diet, stress, and other factors. But you don’t have to resign yourself to life with thin, limp hair. And you don’t need to buy a wig, though that’s certainly an option if you’re interested.

Whether you can counteract your thin hair with changes in your dietary habits, changes in your medications, some homemade thickening recipes, or commercial hair care products, you can get healthy, thick hair with excellent body and volume. If nothing else, you can get a hair cut that maximizes volume and style your hair in ways that maximize its fullness and body. There are many resources available to promote hair health – whether you consult your doctor or the Internet. Be sure to browse our website to see what our volumizing and thickening hair care products can do for you.

If you have a favorite tip for hair volume or general hair care, leave us a note in the comments section!

Written by Caitlin - Follow Caitlin on

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