December 30, 2014 Angela Melero Spotlight

Why Your Hair Is Thinning & How to Stop It

Losing hair is an unpleasant part of life. We’ve all watched as a few strands go from our heads to a hairbrush or down the shower drain. While two or three hairs are nothing to stress about, losing clumps at a time can be a scary ordeal, especially when we have no idea why it’s happening. We understand that hair is every girl’s crowning glory and we want you to keep it lush and lovely, so we consulted with New Orleans-based dermatologist, Dr. Nicole Rogers to shed some light on the causes of hair loss and ways to prevent it from happening.

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Common Hair Thinning Culprits

1. Hereditary Hair Loss. “The most common cause of hair loss in women is female pattern hair loss, or androgenetic alopecia (AGA),” says Dr. Rogers. “This is caused by genetics. It usually presents as a localized area of hair thinning in the front half of the scalp, with retention of thicker hair toward the back of the scalp.”

2. Physiologic Changes. “The second most common cause is telogen effluvium, which is a temporary form of hair loss that results in excessive shedding due to some major physiologic change,” explains Dr. Rogers. “These changes can include childbirth, anemia, hyperthyroidism, crash diets, general anesthesia, high fever or other prolonged illness or stress to the body. Telogen effluvium generally resolves on its own once the offending situation has been eliminated.”

3. Excessive Styling. 
“Excessive styling can result in a condition called trichorhexis nodosa, or breakage,” says Dr. Rogers. “This can be especially problematic for people with fine, thin hair and who proceed to highlight their hair (which makes it more porous) or use a lot of heat-styling tools.”

Strand-Saving Solutions

First step to keeping your locks luscious? Eat your veggies! “The best way to prevent hair loss is to eat a well-balanced diet and stay healthy,” says Dr. Rogers. The derm also recommends taking it easy on the heat and chemicals. “Avoid over-processing your hair,” she says. “There are a wide variety of hair protectants that coat the hair shaft with ingredients designed to help reduce heat-related damage to the hair.” Do your due diligence by spritzing your locks with a heat protector like Matrix Heat Resist Iron Tamer Smoothing Lotion or L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Boost It Blow Out HeatSpray.

Also make sure you’re enlisting targeted products to keep your hair thick and strong. Try thickening shampoos like Kiehl’s Ultimate Thickening Shampoo or Kérastase Bain Densitive GL, which help add volume and texture to thinning strands.

What do you do to keep your hair thick and strong? Sound off on your haircare secrets in the comments below!

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