The day you notice that your part seems wider than it was before or that you have a more visible bald spot can be devastating. Although your first thought might be that you’re suffering from androgenetic alopecia, or male or female pattern baldness, there are actually several reasons why your hair might be thinning and a number of things you can do once you notice it.
Find out Why
When you first begin to notice that your hair is thinning or that there’s less of it than there was previously, it helps to figure out what the cause of the hair loss is. While male or female pattern baldness is a common cause of hair loss, there are a number of other issues that can cause it, too. In some cases, your hair loss might be due to a sudden shedding of more hair than usual, a condition known as telogen effluvium.
Telogen effluvium typically happens after your body has been very stressed out in some way. Women can experience it after pregnancy or after giving birth, for example. It can also occur if you’ve been very ill or if you’ve suddenly lost a lot of weight.
Hair loss can also be caused by an autoimmune disorder, such as alopecia areata, which causes the hair to fall out in patches, or a condition such as lupus, which can cause patchy hair loss and a rash on the scalp. Problems with the thyroid, a nutritional deficiency, or even a very tight hairstyle can also be behind a person’s hair loss.
You can find out the cause of your hair loss by speaking with your doctor or a hair restoration specialist. It’s usually best to find out what’s causing the hair thinning or loss before you do anything to try to correct it.
Change Your Cut and Style
Whether the hair thinning you’re experiencing is permanent or temporary, one way to cope with it, at least for the short term, is to adjusts your hairstyle or change your hair cut. How you style your hair can trick the eye and make it look as though you’ve got more to work with.
If your hair is long, past your shoulders, it’s usually a good idea to switch to a shorter cut. A bob or pixie cut can help minimize any thinning or hair loss if you’re a woman while a short buzzcut can minimize the appearance of hair loss in a man. Having a good haircut becomes particularly important when your hair is thinning, as it can effectively cover up some bald areas or improve the look of your hair.
Making your hair look fuller can also help conceal any hair loss. Darker hair colors tend to emphasize thinness, so it’s best to stick with a lighter shade. A layered cut can also make hair look thicker and fuller and minimize any areas of thinning.
Be Gentle with Your Hair
No matter why your hair is thinning, you want to be sure to be extra gentle with it reduce the chance of making the hair loss worse or of breaking any remaining strands. To protect your hair, keep washing it on a regular basis, to remove any dirt, debris and excess oil from your scalp and from its strands. But, be sure to use a gentle water pressure and not to scratch your scalp with your nails.
Since hair is more delicate when it’s wet, wait until it’s had a chance to dry a bit before you try to brush it. You might want to switch to a comb from a brush, as a comb tends to be gentler on hair.
Check Your Diet
While not every type of hair loss is related to diet, what you eat or don’t eat can affect the health of your hair. If you eat a lot of sugary treats or don’t eat a lot of protein or foods with iron, it can make a difference. You might consider working with a nutritionist to improve your diet and help to eliminate any nutritional deficiencies you’re dealing with.
Consider Treatment Options
Depending on the type of hair loss you’re experiencing, there might be a number of different treatment options available. Hair loss due to alopecia areata can in some cases be treated with platelet rich plasma therapy, for example.
If you have permanent hair loss because of male or female pattern baldness or from scarring created by a tight hair style or other reason, a hair transplant is often the best option. Whether hair restoration surgery is a good pick for you at the moment depends on the extent of your hair loss, how much donor hair you have, and the pattern of hair loss.
You aren’t without options if your hair is thinning. In the Virginia Beach area, Dr. Kyle Choe, a facial plastic surgeon and hair restoration specialist, can help you determine the cause of your hair loss and recommend the best course of action to take. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Choe, call (757) 389-5850 today.