How to Care for Thin Hair

Thinning hairWomen with fine hair tend to envy women with thick hair- but the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.  If you have thin hair, you most likely also have hair that is soft to the touch, and shiny from tips to ends.  Taking care of thin hair is a bit of a challenge, but we’ve compiled some tips together in order to ensure your success:

  1. Use a shampoo and conditioner formulated for oily hair.  It is very common to see that people with fine and thin hair tend to have oily hair.  Thin-haired women tend to have a naturally excessive amount of sebum produced daily.  The sebum is what coats the hair shaft- in greater amounts it can cause hair to appear greasier.  It’s optimal to use a clarifying shampoo, and then to sparsely condition- or condition closest to the scalp.  When you do shampoo, shampoo twice.  
  2. Style appropriately.  Thin hair tends to weigh down more as length is accumulated.  If you have long hair, it tends to stay flat and stays close to the scalp.  If you wish for a longer hairstyle, it may be necessary to hit the saloon for some accentuating layers, and also as a way to add more volume to your hair.  For boosted volume, invest in root booster products.  When you dry your hair, start with the scalp for additive fullness as well.  
  3. Consume foods to nourish your hair.  When malnourished, thin hair can look even more wiry and retain less volume.  You should ensure to consume foods in moderation that are iron-rich such as kale, spinach, tofu, red meat and beans.  You can also take supplements to support your healthier hair, such as biotin and zinc.  These will help nourish your hair, while also promoting good hair growth.  Biotin can be found in bananas, soybeans, eggs and a multitude of different seafood.  Protein can be found in meat, chicken and whole grains.  Together, consuming a variety of each in different categories can fuel the growth of a healthy, thick mane.  
  4. Keep your hair free from tangles.  When you have thin hair, your hair tends to be more static to all kinds of things, which can cause some serious tangles.  You want to preserve the most hair as possible, and having tangles can cause breakage further down the road.  Know when to brush- brushing hair before you shower will help retain more hair. Avoid brushing wet hair at all costs- it’s a lot more vulnerable in this condition.  When you sleep, sleep with hair in a loose position in order to avoid knots that can accumulate from tossing and turning at night.  

All in all, having thin hair can be a blessing or a curse depending on what kind of techniques you utilize to care for it.  Instead of envying your thick-haired counterparts, embrace the beauty thin hair has and unlock its potential by taking the best care for it!