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Thinning hair is something we would rather not think about, however, it is a common problem amongst adults and can be treated or concealed using the proper methods and treatments. Whether you are amongst those suffering with hair loss, in women or men, In this article, we will look at the different potential causes for the occurrence of thinning hair, and what you can do to make your hair feel full and strong once again. 
Thinning hair is something we would rather not think about, however, it is a common problem amongst adults and can be treated or concealed using the proper methods and treatments. Whether you are amongst those suffering with hair loss, in women or men, In this article, we will look at the different potential causes for the occurrence of thinning hair, and what you can do to make your hair feel full and strong once again. 
 
What causes thinning hair? 
Before we can get into the cause of hair thinning, we must first examine the process behind the different stages of hair growth. 
• Hair grows in three stages, with the first stage being the ‘growth’ stage. This stage encompasses the hair growing from the root in the follicle, to the outer epidermis layer of your scalp. 
• The second stage is known as the ‘transitional’ phase, which means that the hair has reached full length and begins to stop growing. 
• The third and final stage is the resting phase, in which the hair has stopped growing completley and remains in place until the hair falls out. After the hair is lost, the follicle will then take sometime before re growing another hair strand. 
 
Losing hair daily is completley normal, with the average person losing anywhere between 50 – 100 hairs per day. You are born with 100,000 follicles on your scalp, and you will never gain or lose any of them. However, as you get older, the follicles may stop producing hair and you may experience hair loss. This process is often influenced by a variety of factors, such as genetics and hormonal changes that we may experience with age. 
 
You may also be undergoing a process known as hair shedding, which is a temporary period of time in which hair comes out more than usual. This can be bought on through hormonal changes, such as birth control or pregnancy. It can also be bought on through harsh treatments or procedures such as chemotherapy, or chemicals found in hair products. 
 
How to treat thinning hair 
 
Now that we are familiar with the common causes behind thinning hair, we can begin looking at the solutions to this problem. So, lets explore the best ways to protect and treat thinning hair: 
 
• Wash and condition your hair regularly, but don’t go overboard. 
 
Washing and conditioning your hair is really important to replenishing, and protecting your hair. However, like most things, it should be done in moderation. Washing your hair anywhere between two and three times a week is recommended, as anymore can lead to the hair being stripped of it essential oils and nutrients. Washing your hair infrequently or with dry shampoo can also damage the hair, leading to it becoming limp and dull. 
 
 
• Use a leave in conditioner after washing 
 
Leave in products, such as conditioners or detanglers are great for adding a longer lasting touch or moisture and volume, whilst also providing heat protection. 
 
• Styling your hair gently 
 
Through air drying your hair, you are reducing the damage caused to the follicles through heat exposure. This allows the hair to retain its moisture and thereby adding to the volume and overall healthiness to your hair. 
This can also be applied hairstyling, as hairstyles that are tight can pull on your scalp, leading to damaged hair follicles, possibly beyond repair. High and tight ponytails or braids are the most damaging to your hair, especially when worn for a long period of time. 
Wearing your hair down, or loosely can be really beneficial in keeping your hair healthy and on your scalp. 
 
If you think you require further advice or treatment regarding your hair, such as alopecia treatment, a FUE hair transplant, or Hair loss treatment, be sure to contact Birmingham Dermatology Clinic, for a professional and tailored service. 
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