Thinning hair is a fact of life for many women. Whether it's caused by hormones, medications, stress, illness, or aging, losing hair can be frightening and stress inducing — and it can cause some of us to freak out and try to address the issue in ways that can make it worse.
If your hair is thinning, this is the one thing you should never do.
Don't Pull Your Hair Back Into A Tight Style
Your first reaction upon experiencing hair shedding may be to disguise thinning hair by finding a style that covers up the problem. You may start wearing your hair in a tight bun, ponytail, braids, or investing in hair extensions. The problem with all of these styles is that they can actually cause more hair shedding by pulling on and damaging the hair follicles over time. It's not that you should never wear your hair back or up — just switch it up each day so that you aren't pulling and putting pressure on one area of your scalp.
Don't Overcompensate With Heat Styling Tools
Another common reaction upon seeing thinning hair is to overcompensate with heat styling. The goal may be to make your hair look as glossy and voluminous as possible, but the tools you're using — blow dryers, curling wands, and straightening irons — are incredibly hot and can stress out weak, fragile strands.
Instead of adding a ton of product and styling methods to your hair and haircare routine, try a hair detox. Use gentle, sulfate and chemical-free shampoos and conditioners that are designed for thinning hair (check our the Nioxin line) and make it a point to leave your hair to dry naturally as often as possible. Visit your doctor if you have reason to believe the cause of hair thinning could be related to your health and ask for vitamin and supplement recommendations.
You aren't alone — many women are dealing with hair loss and feel as stressed out as you do. With gentle haircare, relaxation techniques to reduce stress, and (when needed) medical attention, there are ways you can improve the condition.