How many of you have a fear of thinning hair or hair loss? There was a time when I thought I was losing hair from my temple area. My temples are already thinner than the rest of my hairline and I have a ton of “baby hair” in that area. I know it will never be super thick nor will I ever have a blunt hairline. My hairline has been the same my entire life. Luckily, I never suffered from hair loss due to tight braids or other situations.
So when I noticed my temples looked a little thinner than normal, I panicked. After a bit of investigation and thoroughly examining my hair, I realized I wasn’t losing hair. The cause of the thin appearance at my hairline was a very disrespectful patch of gray hair.
I was lucky, but for so many other women, like my grandmother, hair loss and thinning edges is a very real and stressful situation. 1 in 3 women suffer from some form of thinning hair during their life. (i) Not to mention that female pattern baldness can begin as early as their 20’s. (ii) I actually have a female friend whose hair started thinning in her 20’s, much like the other women in her family.
Today, I wanted to share with you a few tips for thinning hair to combat and camouflage thin areas. Plus, I had an awesome opportunity to interview celebrity hairstylist Jill Crosby to share a few of her tips and tricks for thinning hair.
The Curls Have It
When I was a little girl, I noticed that certain ladies in my community who had thinning hair always wore curly hairstyles. For the life of me, I couldn’t understand why they insisted on using those awful pink sponge rollers every night. It wasn’t until I was older and in hair school that I realized that was their way of giving the illusion of having fuller hair. Wearing curly hairstyles allows creates volume and takes away from the ability to see the true level of hair thinness. Jill Crosby recommends using hair styling products that create volume.
A few years back, my daughter’s Godmother bleached her hair blonde and we were all a little shocked by the change. When I asked her about her new do, she told me that she was thinning in her crown area, so she decided to lighten her hair and cut it shorter. Well, it worked! I never noticed the thinning in her crown. I actually decided to try the same trick to hide my overly friendly grays in the front of my hairline. By lightening dark hair, you instantly take away from the contrast between your scalp and your natural hair color. In turn, you give the illusion of thicker hair and the thinning areas are not nearly as noticeable.
You’ve Got The Right Style!
If you notice thinning, this is one of the times that I would say consult a professional stylist to determine what hairstyle is flattering to your face and thinning areas. I’ve been known to do some crafty parting and swooping when it’s time for a color touch-up. It’s a great way to hide the situation I have going on with my temples. For others, a nice layered cut might do the trick to create the illusion of thicker hair. Have you ever noticed that when someone has layers cut their hair instantly looks thicker? Having a consult with a licensed professional can point you in the right direction for the best hairstyles to compliment you. Heck, there is always wigging it! You know I love a good wig!
There is a YouTuber that I love because she is very candid. One thing that she has been open about is her thinning edges. A couple of years ago, she started using hair fibers. It is a temporary fix but it does help with filling in the thinner areas. I’ve seen a few brands on the market, some with thicker fibers and others with finer fibers. I’ve thought about buying some myself.
Don’t Treat It Lightly
Topical treatments, like Women’s ROGAINE®, are a great option if you suffer from thinning hair due to heredity. You can combine any or all of the tips above with a treatment to regrow your hair. Women’s ROGAINE® 5% Minoxidil Topical Aerosol fits perfectly into your hairstyling routine. You can use it in the morning or evening. Plus, you can use it on colored or chemically treated hair…just don’t use it the same day that you color or relax and you will be good to go. Just apply the foam, massage it in a bit, and you are all done.
Don’t worry about buildup because Women’s ROGAINE® was formulated to not leave any residue. For more information on Women’s ROGAINE® and the benefits of adding it into your hair care regimen, stop by the Women’s ROGAINE® site. I won’t tell you about the time that I did add a little to my hair growth mix to boost my hair growth. We won’t talk about that because that is not exactly what you should use it for. 🙁
Anywho, here are a few more tips from Jill Crosby:
Does Women’s ROGAINE® work best for those with thinning due to medications or health issues or those experiencing hereditary hair loss?
“It is specifically indicated and FDA-approved to help women with hereditary hair loss. As 1 out of every 3 women will experience hereditary hair loss in her lifetime this number is very high so it’s great to have a treatment that was specifically formulated to help women experiencing this condition. If you are experiencing thinning or hair loss due to other external factors like hormones, stress, changes in diet, exercise or lifestyle or medication you should consult your doctor.”
What tips do you have to make thinning hair appear thicker?
“Products are a great way to achieve instant volume—I like root lifters, mousses, and my favorite is dry shampoo. All work great to create added body and fullness and, they can be used in conjunction with Women’s ROGAINE® Foam.”
What are your top three tips for regrowing thinning hair?
“Take good care of the hair you have i.e.. don’t over work, over heat, over process it. Enjoy a healthy lifestyle which lends itself to total body health including the health of your hair. And, start a treatment routine, Women’s Rogaine Foam is the number 1 and only FDA-approved once a day treatment with 5% minoxidil (the active ingredient that regrows hair) on the market. I only recommend this product.”
Well ladies, there you have it…my five tips for thinning hair and hair loss. You can purchase a two-month supply of Women’s ROGAINE® for $29.99 at most retailers. Of course, you know I have a coupon for you to save on your purchase. Stop by the Women’s ROGAINE® site to grab your coupon before heading to the store.
i. Harvard Women’s Health Watch, Treating female pattern hair loss (Harvard Health Publications December 2015)
ii. WebMd. (n.d.) Understanding Hair Loss — the Basics. Posted at http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/understanding-hair-loss-basics?page=2
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.