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Tips for Women with Thinning Hair

If You Have Thinning Hair, Changing Your Hairstyle & Hair Loss Treatment Minoxidil May HelpThere are many factors that contribute to hair loss in women. Diet, stress, hormones, pregnancy and medications can all play a part. However, female pattern (genetic) hair loss is more common than many people think. As with men, this type of hair loss is caused by a genetic oversensitivity to the hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This affects the hair growth cycle by inhibiting the hair follicle, causing hair to become thinner and eventually stopping new hair growing.

For some women, the change is gradual and will develop over several months or years. For others, it may happen at a faster rate. There are ways to style thinning hair to help it look fuller. Many shampoos, conditioners, gels and mousses promise to increase hair volume, however they can only offer a short-term boost to the hair; they certainly won’t make hair grow back thicker.

By styling your hair in certain ways, it is possible to create a fuller look. Here are some styling tips for thinning hair:

  • Avoid longer hair styles as longer hair weighs more; as gravity pulls the hair down, more scalp will be exposed.
  • To make bald patches less obvious, if you have dark hair and a light scalp, consider a lighter hair colour, and vice-versa. Be careful not to use hair dye too often, as this can contribute to dry and brittle hair which is more prone to breakage.
  • Don’t part the hair where there are bald spots.
  • If most of the hair loss is on the top of the scalp, stylists suggest a cut with short, wavy or curly layers with the shortest layers at the top. This is recommended because short curls create lift and give the appearance of having more volume.

As well as following these styling tips, it is worth considering a hair loss treatment programme. Minoxidil is the only hair loss product for women that has successfully undergone clinical trials and been proven to help prevent hair loss and restore hair. It can be prepared in different strengths according to the condition of the hair. In addition, there are a range of hair growth boosters which can help tailor a programme to an individual.

If you are noticing thinning hair or bald patches, the Belgravia Centre offers clients free consultations with a hair specialist. To book an appointment, please call 020 7730 6666 or message the clinic. Alternatively, complete the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will be in touch.

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4th September, 2009 at 6:40 pm


Sometimes, simply altering your diet to include healthy foods can decrease the amount of hair loss.

5th September, 2009 at 1:13 am


Hi. I'm from an afro caribbean background, I have a lot of thin breaking hair especially at the front of my head. My hair refused to grow passed a special length, I'm tired of wearing wigs and hair extentions because my natural hair is just bad. Answer back asap so I know what to do.

5th September, 2009 at 9:33 am


Hi Jane Thanks for your comment. Yes, sometimes hair loss is caused by nutritional deficiency (particularly in women). There are several articles about diet-related hair loss on this blog, which can be found by using the search box, just type in 'diet' or 'food'. However for approximately 1 in 5 women, hair loss is genetic, which is when styling tips and a hair loss treatment programme may help.

5th September, 2009 at 9:40 am


Hi Donna. Thankyou for your comment. It sounds like you may have traction alopecia; hair loss as a result of excessive tension caused by wearing wigs and hair extensions. It is best if you can come in for a consultation so a hair specialist can diagnose the condition. Please call 020 7730 6666 to book an appointment. If you are unable to come into the clinic, please complete the online registration form on this website and a treatment advisor will make contact with you.

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