Spotting And Tackling Early Signs Of Hair Thinning

Written by Lopa KMay 18, 2024
Spotting and Tackling Early Signs of Hair Thinning

It's totally normal for our hair to change over time, but noticing those shifts early can make all the difference. Whether it's a widening part or a few more strands in the shower drain, paying attention to these signs can help us take proactive steps to keep our locks luscious and healthy. Well, we have some simple yet effective hair care tips to spot and tackle any early signs of hair thinning. All you need to do is switch up your hair care routine and start being a little more attentive to your mane. 

What is the Hair Cycle 

There are three main phases in our hair cycle, each playing a vital role and will help us how to take care of hair.  

First up, we've got the Anagen phase, aka the growth phase. This is when our hair is actively growing and it can last anywhere from two to seven years. 

Then comes the Catagen phase, a quick pit stop where growth takes a breather and the hair follicle shrinks.  

Lastly, we've got the Telogen phase, where our hair takes a chill pill and decides it's time to rest. Shedding might happen during this phase. But don't fret, it's just making room for new growth before the anagen phase restarts. 

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Reasons for Hair Thinning 

But sometimes, it takes a little longer for the anagen phase to resume aka a little too much hair fall and hair thinning, and not enough hair growth. There could be a couple of reasons for hair thinning.  

Hormonal Changes - Our hormones can be like a rollercoaster, especially during puberty, pregnancy or menopause. Fluctuations in hormones can lead to temporary or permanent hair thinning. 

Genetics - Our parents just might have some say in this, yep including our dads. Genetic predisposition to hair loss, also known as androgenetic alopecia, can affect both men and women, causing gradual thinning over time. 

Stress - Ever heard of pulling your hair out from stress? Well, it's not just a saying! Stress can mess with our hair cycle, pushing more follicles into the resting phase and causing increased shedding. Along with a hair care routine, look into relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation or deep breathing exercises to help reduce stress levels. 

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Nutritional Deficiencies - Our hair loves a balanced diet! Lack of essential nutrients like iron, protein and vitamins can lead to weakened hair shafts and eventual thinning. Foods like leafy greens, eggs, nuts and fish can keep your hair healthy. 

Medical Conditions - Conditions like thyroid disorders, autoimmune diseases and scalp infections can disrupt the hair growth cycle, resulting in hair thinning. Some medications, particularly those for cancer, arthritis, depression and heart problems, can also have hair thinning as a side effect. Always consult your doctor if you notice any changes. 

Over Styling - Too much heat, tight hairstyles, rough combing and harsh chemicals can damage the hair shaft and lead to breakage and thinning over time. 

Age - Well, this may be a little out of our hair care routine’s control. As we age, our hair naturally becomes finer and may start to thin, thanks to changes in hormone levels and decreased hair follicle activity. 

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Signs of Hair Thinning 

Widening Part - If you notice your part getting wider than usual, it could be a sign of hair thinning. Keep an eye on how much scalp is peeking through. Especially around the crown or temples. Oh, and don’t forget your hairline. Unfortunately, yes, even women can get receding hairlines, though, it is much more gradual than men’s. 

Increased Shedding - Shedding is normal, but if you're finding more strands in your hairbrush, shower drain or on your pillow, it might indicate hair thinning. 

Slower Growth - Notice that your hair isn't growing as quickly as it used to? Slower growth can be a subtle sign of underlying issues causing hair thinning. 

Change in Texture - Is your hair feeling finer or softer than usual? Changes in texture, like increased brittleness or a decrease in volume, might signal hair thinning. 

Less Volume - If your once-voluminous mane is feeling a bit lacklustre, it could be due to hair thinning. Less volume means fewer strands to create that full-bodied look. Pay attention to the circumference of your ponytail, braid or bun. If it's noticeably thinner than before, it might be a sign of hair thinning. 

Hair Care to Stop Hair Thinning 

Remember, identifying the cause is the first step to finding the right solution. So, if you're noticing some thinning strands, don't worry! There are plenty of ways to tackle it and keep your mane looking flawless. 

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Hair Oiling 

Oil your scalp and hair to boost blood circulation. This repairs and activates damaged hair follicles to regrow new hair. And one guaranteed hair care oil to give you results is the Indulekha Bringha Ayurvedic Oil. It has a blend of Ayurvedic herbs like bringharaj and amla that deeply nourishes the scalp and strengthens your roots. 

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Gentle Hair Care 

One of the easiest hair care tips is to treat your scalp right. Keep it clean and healthy by washing regularly with a gentle shampoo like the Indulekha Bringha Ayurvedic Shampoo. It has no harsh chemicals and instead uses hair-loving herbs. This means it also helps strengthen your hair strands and reduces breakage. 

If you want another gentle but effective combo, try the Dove Hair Fall Rescue Shampoo & Conditioner. This duo uses a fancy formula of nutrilock actives to fortify hair strands from within. So, it not only cleanses and detangles brittle hair, but it also reduces hair fall. 

Gentle Styling 

Opt for hairstyles that put less stress on your hair, like loose braids or buns, and avoid tight ponytails that can pull on the scalp. Excessive heat can also damage your hair. Try to limit the use of heat styling tools like a blow dryer or straightener and always use a heat protectant spray when styling. 

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Natural Ingredients 

Did you know that the fruits and veggies lying around in your kitchen can do wonders too? From aloe vera and avocado to yoghurt and egg. But if you don’t have time for DIY challenges or just aren’t up for the mess, look for hair care products with such ingredients. 

Say you like the power of onion juice but the smell knocks you out. Go for an alternative like the Love Beauty & Planet Onion, Black Seed & Patchouli Hairfall Control range. It uses the power of natural onion and black seed oil, to strengthen hair follicles and prevent breakage. And instead of harsh ingredients, it is completely plant-based and even uses patchouli for a soothing fragrance. 

Stay Hydrated 

Another of the easiest hair care tips is to drink water. Keeping your body hydrated is crucial for healthy hair growth. Aim to drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your hair and scalp hydrated from the inside out. 

Supplements 

Consider adding supplements like biotin, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids to your daily routine, as they can support hair health and promote growth. But always consult with a doctor before starting any new supplements. 

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FAQs on Hair Thinning

Q1. Can I permanently stop hair thinning? 

If it’s genetics, we are afraid we cannot naturally stop hair thinning. We can delay it with some hair care tips and tricks. But if those don’t work, you may have to look at treatments like hair transplant, so go ahead and consult a doctor. 

Q2. Can hair grow back after thinning? 

Genetics sometimes does give us the short end of the stick, huh? But in this case, even if you are genetically predisposed to hair thinning, there are some solutions that may help you grow back your hair as we have mentioned above. 

Q3. Can thin hair become thick again? 

Once again, Mother Nature drives a hard bargain. The hair strands cannot become thick again if you genetically have thin hair. But you can get the illusion of thick hair if the volume of your mane increases. 

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