I notice now when I go to get my hair cut or colored, that I am much more tender headed than I used to be. The blow dryer feels too hot and when I get a comb-out it can be very painful.
Why is this? Well, I am no spring chicken, and getting up there in age so my hair is getting thinner. My natural color is jet black and I was always told I had thick hair in my younger days.
Oh well, that ship has sailed and now I need to find out what I can do to minimize the situation. If you notice that your hair is getting thinner, these tips may help.
Let Your Hair Dry Naturally
If you use a coloring dye, you are more likely to experience thinning hair.
Whether you’re exposing your crown to high or low heat, a protectant is a major key in combating the breakage, dryness, dullness, and brittleness that all stem from heat styling.
Let your hair dry naturally and depending on the length of your hair, it may not take as long as you think.
Give Yourself a Scalp Massage
In case you ever needed another reason to get a massage, healthy hair is it. Massaging your scalp can stimulate hair growth by improving circulation. Best of all, you do not need to go to an expensive salon to have it done.
Next time you apply shampoo or conditioner in the shower, take a few minutes to really massage it around your scalp. Use your fingertips to make circular movements around your entire head. This will not only help your circulation, but will also make sure your scalp is extra clean and in prime condition for new hair growth
Use a Deep Conditioner
Deep conditioning has long been used by those who color their hair. Investing in a weekly deep conditioning treatment can help ensure a healthy head of hair, as well as a moisturized scalp, which is essential for promoting regular hair growth.
You can also opt for a leave-in treatment that works to penetrate your roots over a longer period of time. If you are worried about conditioner making your hair look too flat, you can opt for a volumizing conditioner that is formulated especially for thin hair.
Don’t Use Brush on Wet Hair
We rarely pull, tug, pinch or otherwise place undue strain on our skin, so why would we do it to our hair? Being gentle to your hair is the key to ensuring its longevity. That means avoiding brushing it or pulling it into a ponytail when it is wet. Wet hair is weaker, fragile and more susceptible to breakage.
Explore Alternative Dye Options
Consult with your color stylist about gentle options for thinning hair. Ask about vegetable-based dyes, cellophanes, and hennas, all of which are gentle options for thinning hair. Also, ask your stylist about products that are ammonia and peroxide free.
As you age your hair will get thinner, but that is no reason to panic. Try these tips and don’t be afraid to consult with your beautician.