Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

What Causes Thinning Of Hairs?

Thinning of hairs is quite a common problem facing many individuals, especially males today. People attempt many treatments to stop thinning of hairs like trying herbal remedies to various kinds of oils but have little success in stopping or even slowing down the progression of thinning of hairs. Hair transplant is the latest technique used for stopping thinning of hairs. There can be many reasons for Thinning of Hairs of which stress is the believed to be the primary reason. Certain hormonal changes and fluctuations can also cause thinning of hairs. There are also certain medical conditions that can cause thinning of hairs like thyroid disorders, certain skin or scalp infections, and alopecia.

Certain medications can also cause thinning of hairs like medications to treat high blood pressure, cancer, depression, cardiac problems, and arthritis. Once the cause for Thinning of Hairs is identified then plan can be made to prevent further hair loss either by adjusting the medications or treating the underlying condition.

7 Things You Can Do to Stop Thinning of Hair

Some of the ways to stop Thinning of Hairs are:

Natural Hair Products: Using natural hair products like shampoos and conditioners can be used. Usage of hair products containing chemicals should be avoided as they are quite hard on the scalp and tend to cause Thinning of Hairs. Avoid shampoos that contain any sulfa byproducts or any alcohol, as these products damage the hairs significantly and cause Thinning of Hairs. Also, avoid hair products that contain silicones as they require only sulfate containing shampoos to clean it.

Avoid Brushing: Try and avoid brushing the hairs and instead comb the hairs as brushing tends to pull the hair out, especially just after bathing when they are wet resulting in Thinning of Hairs. If your hairs get tangled after bathing then try and use a wide toothed comb but never brush the hair to untangle it.

Avoid Hair Dryer: Try and avoid using a hair dryer. Let the hair dry on its own. After taking a bath just gently pat it dry. Do not try too hard to get them dry as it causes the hairs to be pulled out causing Thinning of Hairs. Letting the hair dry naturally also promotes new hair growth and stops Thinning of Hairs.

Avoid Hairstyling Tools: Try and avoid utilizing curling irons, straightening irons, or any other type of hairstyling tool. Try and be happy with whatever style of hair that you have to prevent Thinning of Hairs. Avoid pull back hairstyles as it contributes significantly to Thinning of Hairs. Try and pull the hair back loosely.

Massage: Massage the scalp with Egg Oil as it stimulates and promotes new hair growth and stops Thinning of Hairs by increasing circulation around the hair follicles. You can do this while in the shower.

Medications: Medication like minoxidil which comes in the form of cream or foam is quite useful to stop Thinning of Hairs. It usually takes about three months for the medicine to kick in and start showing results. It has been shown to be quite effective in promoting new hair growth. However, it also has a side effect profile which the individual should be well aware of before starting the medication. It is advised to consult a physician before starting minoxidil. Hair transplant is an expensive but quite an effective way to stop Thinning of Hairs and regrowth of hairs.

Stress Management: Since stress plays a very crucial role in Thinning of Hairs thus it is recommended to cope up with the stress by indulging in exercises like yoga or consult with a psychologist who can help you cope up with the stress and thus stop Thinning of Hairs.

Diet: Eat a diet which is rich in protein as it is considered to be building blocks of hairs and protein deficiency is often related to Thinning of Hairs. Try to incorporate fish, chicken, black beans, and other legumes for healthy hairs. Also take omega-3 and fatty acids as well which can be found in abundance in Salmon fish, Walnuts, and Avocados.

In summary, Thinning of Hairs is common and you do not need to fret about it. It can be controlled and even stopped if one practices good hair hygiene and takes care of the hair properly.

Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: September 20, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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