Hair loss or thinning hair is more common in women than most people think. About 30 percent of women will have some amount of hair loss or thinning over the course of their lives. The treatments for hair loss in women can sometimes differ than the treatments for men.
Depending on the cause of the hair loss, hair restoration surgery may or may not be effective. Some women experience regrowth once the trigger that was causing the hair loss is removed. While waiting for the issue to resolve or for your hair to grow in after a transplant, there are some things you can do to cover up your thinning hair.
It’s All in the Cut…
The way your hair is cut can either accentuate its thinness or trick the eye into making your hair look thicker and fuller. Often, it’s best to go short to cover up thinning hair. If your hair is longer than shoulder length, it will look drawn out and thin.
Cutting the hair straight across can make it look thicker, but layers can also add the illusion of volume. You might also want to try bangs if your hair is still very thick in the front but thinner on the top of the head. The bangs will create an overall look of fullness.
The color of your hair can also influence how thick or thin it looks. In general, when your hair is thinning, it’s best to go lighter. Dark hair against a lighter scalp will stand out more. You don’t want to go too light, though, as bleaching your hair causes damage, making already thin hair even more brittle and thinner.
Choose Your Style
Some hairstyles are better able to cover up thinning hair than others. Curling your hair or getting a perm can create fullness and conceal areas of baldness. You want to be careful not to damage the hair, though. A perm might not be ideal if your hair is brittle or breaks easily.
Certain hairstyles can make thinning hair worse or call more attention to it. Steer clear of tight braids or cornrows, as they can pull out or break hair. The same is true of tight ponytails. Teasing your hair can create volume, but it can also damage and break your hair.
Go for a Cover Up
Another way to conceal thinning hair is to cover it up completely. A wig lets you experiment with different hair styles and can make your thinning hair problem a bit fun. For example, you can go short haired one day and long hair the next. You can also play around with different hair colors, from natural looking blondes and brunettes to experimental pinks or purples.
Wigs aren’t for everyone, and they get pricey, especially if you want one or more made from real human hair. Another way to creatively cover up your hair loss is to play around with hats and scarves. You aren’t limited to boring baseball caps. Pay a visit to a hat shop or a store’s hat department to see what options are available. Just remember that a downside to wearing hats is frizzy hat hair.
Care for Your Hair Carefully
The way you care for your hair won’t cover up bald patches or hide thinning. But, it will make the remaining hair on your scalp healthier. Choose your shampoo carefully. Pick a product that’s designed to be gentle and that doesn’t have damaging ingredients such as sodium laurel sulfate.
How you shampoo your hair matters, too. Use a gentle hand and work the shampoo into your scalp, not into the strands of hair themselves. When you rinse, the water will push the shampoo through the hair, getting it clean. Keep your scalp happy by using lukewarm water, not hot, to rinse.
Keep your hair soft and moisturized by conditioning it regularly. Work the conditioner through the hair and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it away with tepid water.
Be gentle with styling products. Excessive heat styling, combing, and brushing can damage hair or pull it out. If you blow dry your hair or use a curling or straightening iron, use the lowest heat setting on each. Work with your hair when it’s damp, not soaking wet or dry. Brushing or combing wet hair can lead to breakage, as the hair is more likely to stretch and snap.
Dr. Kyle Choe at the Choe Center for Hair Restoration in Virginia Beach is happy to answer any questions you have about women’s hair loss and ways to treat it. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Choe, call the Center at (757) 389-5850.