Thinning hair isn't totally preventable, but a few lifestyle modifications can help lower your risk.
As with any health or beauty concern, prevention is better than treatment. That's why so many people are committed to exercise, a healthy diet, and stress management.
You might be wondering what you can to do prevent your hair from thinning. Thinning hair is not, in and of itself, a medical condition—although some medical conditions can cause your hair to thin. As such, it's not fully preventable.
Gentle Treatment of Your Hair Prevents Damage
The way you treat your hair won't prevent male pattern baldness, which is a common cause of thinning that actually affects both men and women. Haircare also can't supersede autoimmune conditions that attack hair follicles or the effects of chemotherapy and other medications.
Still, the way you treat your hair can affect how much hair you appear to have. Very damaged hair may break off at the root. Damage to the hair shaft can also leave your hair looking so thin that you appear to be going bald.
To keep your hair as healthy as possible:
- Avoid excessive bleaching. If you must bleach your hair, seek the expert advice of a hair colourist.
- Counteract chemical processing with deep conditioning treatments. And ask your stylist how frequently you can safely colour, perm, or relax.
- Minimise your use of hot styling tools. Try to avoid using multiple hot tools in a day. If you blow-dry, for example, don't then reach to pick up the curling iron.
- Avoid aggressive brushing. Pick tangles out with your fingers and use a detangling rinse or spray.
- Don't use scalding-hot water to wash or rinse your hair.
- Don't overuse shampoo. Clarifying and highly detergent shampoos in particular can strip and damage your hair. Many hair types can get away with washing only a few times per week.
Regular Trims Keep Hair Thicker
Trimming your hair won't alter the way hair follicles behave. Therefore, haircuts cannot address any conditions that attack your hair follicles. That includes autoimmune issues and male pattern baldness.
But regular trims prevent split ends from creeping up your hair shaft and creating a stringy appearance. Sufficiently severe split ends can even cause your hair to break off, leaving thin patches.
Well-Moisturised Hair Looks Fuller and Healthier
A good conditioner is the antidote to many causes of hair damage, including excessive heat styling. To fully saturate your hair without weighing it down, try a treatment oil. The Wella Luxe SP Oil System is a range of products that can seal split ends, give dry hair a drink, and keep your hair looking shiny and full.
Seek Prompt Treatment for Medical Issues
A wide range of medical conditions can attack your hair, so don't procrastinate if you need a check-up. Any unexplained medical symptom warrants a conversation with your doctor. That conversation could save your hair, and maybe even your life.
Pay Attention to Scalp Health
Some scalp conditions, including infections, can trigger hair loss. Left untreated, a scalp infection can permanently damage hair follicles, precluding future hair growth.
If your scalp itches, has open sores or strange growths, or has otherwise changed in noticeable ways, visit a physician, dermatologist, or trichologist so you can treat the problem before it gets out of control.