Treatments for thinning hair are everywhere–in magazines, on the Internet, on TV–and oh MAN are they on TV–with infomercials that drag on and on. You know, if you’ve ever been sleepless and up while channel surfing–you’ll be likely to find a handful of topics that are always being dissected by those chatty hosts of late night infomercial employment. You’ll find an assortment of vacuum cleaners and flooring shampooers, makeup foundations, diet and workout products, the latest thing from the folks at “Snuggie,” and those retro music compilations. Oh-and the various tactics that all claim to prevent and restore hair loss–they’re eternally airing somewhere, to someone, with too many people ignorantly buying into the promise and buying the product. If you’ve begun to take note of an increase in the volume of hair in your brush or comb–or in the sink or drain, before you pick up the phone to call that 800 line, here are some more down to earth, and effective methods of treating thinning hair that just might be the ticket.
Who Develops Thinning Hair?
Everyone sheds hair, every day, and at certain times, a bit more than at others. At least half of all women generally begin to notice losing more hair around the age of 50. This could be from changes in the hair’s density, hair falling out from a fewer number of productive hair follicles, or the individual strands of hair becoming finer. Unfortunately, hair, just like everything else, ages. Fortunately, there’s something you can do about it. And even for someone whose hair has already thinned to a somewhat unacceptable degree, there are numerous ways in which the loss can be effectively concealed.
Before You Invest a Fortune
There are always the surgical treatments like hair transplants, and laser therapy has proven to be highly effective in many cases, but before going to such extremes, there might be solutions you can find that will be ideal for your thinning hair, saving you money and time. Here are a few solutions for any degree of thinning hair:
- Minoxidil: Think of Minoxidil as fertilizer for your hair. It’s been around long enough, been well-researched and has been found to effectively increased the circumference of individual strands of hair in users, thereby increasing the hair’s density and even the growth rate of that hair. There are some great products to choose from that are very affordable and easy to use.
- Anti-dandruff Shampoo: No, we’re on the same topic–but there are research results which point to how pyrithione zinc–a standard component of anti-dandruff shampoo formulations–may increase hair growth.
- Coconut Oil: The regular application of oil to hair improves its tensile strength, improving the cuticle by smoothing it and repairing lifting that occurs from regular hair brushing and styling.
- Extensions: Investing in some real-hair extensions that match your own hair offer a great way for those special occasions when you really need to display the hair volume you used to take for granted. No one has to know but you, and these can be styled along with your naturally growing hair, for a voluminous head-full of flair, for any occasion.