Surprising Things That Could Lead To Thinning Hair

Surprising Things That Could Lead To Thinning Hair

Are you inadvertently putting your hair at risk? Dry, brittle hair can be caused by health issues, but the way we look after our crowning glory can have an impact, too.


Research carried out in the US found that 40 percent of women had expressed concerns over their thinning hair at some point during the previous three months. Of course, a few lost strands here and there is completely normal – but what about when things get more significant?

Hair loss can be down to genetics

One of the most common reasons for hair loss is genetics – and unfortunately there’s not a lot we can do about that. Hormones are often responsible for hair loss related to the menopause, too: a drop in levels of estrogen can speed up our natural rate of hair loss, as hair follicles need estrogen to support growth. This dip in estrogen can also lead to a decrease in collagen, one of the proteins that help to build healthy skin and hair. The result? Hair becomes drier, more brittle, and therefore prone to breakage – and when individual hairs break off, hair appears thinner overall.

It’s not all bad news though. A quick look at your daily routine could shine a light on a number of smart ways you can protect and strengthen your locks, starting from today.

Protecting thinning hair

If you hop in the shower or bath and immediately drag your fingers through your hair to loosen up knots and tangles, listen up! You could not only be tugging handfuls of hair out by the roots, but also causing it to break where it’s knotted, as hair is much more fragile when it’s wet. Instead, use a brush to gently tease out any tangles before you get in the shower.

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And it’s worth looking at the shampoo you’re using. If you’re only worried about cleansing your hair while forgetting about your scalp, this could be causing problems. A recent study carried out by Head & Shoulders showed a relationship between dandruff and overall hair quality, with dandruff associated with reduced hair diameter and shine. Other research showed that scratching due to scalp irritation could damage hair and lead to breakage. So before you reach for a thickening shampoo, have a look at your scalp and consider whether a shampoo designed to look after it might be a better option.

Be gentle with your hair

How you dry your hair is also worth paying attention to. Rough drying with a towel can pull and break the fragile wet strands, while blasting it with a super-hot hair dryer, or frazzling it with straighteners or curling tongs, can also contribute to breakage.

Whenever possible, let hair dry naturally, and if you do blow dry, apply a heat protective product when it’s wet, keep the dryer at least 15cm from your hair and use a low heat.

Protect hair from the elements

Don’t forget when outside to protect your hair in the same way that you protect your skin. Sun damage can weaken hair, making it even more prone to breakage. Look for sun-protecting hair products with an SPF that will shield your lovely locks from UV rays.

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