Tips and solutions for thinning hair in women

More than just a seductive asset, hair symbolises femininity. Unfortunately, as the years go by, many women find that their hair tends to lose volume and density. They also feel that hair growth seems to slow down. It's difficult and particularly stressful to live with thinning hair, both for aesthetic reasons and for general health. 

To find a solution to the problem of thinning hair, it's essential to know the cause or causes. When hair loses its density, it's normal to be concerned and to want a treatment that will solve the problem. Some women (and men too) can start by disguise the thinning or weakened areas; if the weakening phase persists and you are unable to slow down the deterioration of the hair, then you need to tackle the deeper causes of this hair loss and consider genuine hair treatments, whether medical (hair loss treatments such as minoxidil and its derivatives) or more natural, but just as - or even more - effective, with no side effects. The aim of a hair treatment ("special hair" vitamins, topical treatment) is to stimulate the hair follicles to produce new, healthier hair, which will last longer, ensuring that hair density is restored.

In the meantime, in response to this legitimate anxiety, many companies are jumping on the bandwagon and offering solutions (Minoxidil, PRP, etc.) that are sometimes presented as "miracles". Our customers' feedback has been more mixed. On the other hand, here are some practical tips and advice to help you deal with thinning hair on a daily basis and over the long term. For more information, read our article on hair regrowth in women.

Thinning hair in women: what causes it?

In terms of hair loss problems the Heredity is one of the most common causes. The women like men are concerned.

The loss of hair density occurs when hair follicles have a genetic sensitivity to the male hormones, androgens. An enzyme, 5-alpha reductase, converts androgens into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). When this hormone interacts with hair follicles it stops or slows hair growth. As a result, hair becomes thinner (shorter life span) and thinner (lack of renewal). And just because we're talking about androgenetic alopecia, a process linked to male hormones, doesn't mean that women are spared this type of hair loss. What's really important is the predisposition and the hereditary nature of the problem. 

Thinning hair is, moreover one of the visible signs of androgenetic alopecia in women.

From micro-inflammations of the scalp in women can also be the cause of hair thinning. These mild irritations occur when the skin around the hair follicles becomes inflamed. This naturally leads to a weakening of the hair root. And when the root weakens, the hair is unable to anchor itself permanently in the hair follicle, is too thin and falls out prematurely. The hair's life cycle accelerates, and each hair that grows back is an even finer hair than the last. Areas of thinning appear on the scalp. The inevitable consequence: hair loss is inexorable unless treatment is undertaken to halt the deterioration phase as much as possible.

Thinning hair can also be the result of serious health problems. It may be a iron deficiency a vitamin D or autoimmune disease, or a malfunction of the immune system. thyroid. The solution will depend on the causes: a deficiency can be remedied by changing your diet, taking vitamins or reviewing your lifestyle if necessary. A full blood test will enable your doctor to identify any factors that may be influencing hair loss. Often, a simple iron and/or vitamin D supplement will be enough to slow hair loss considerably, especially if it is temporary (after childbirth, for example). And knowing exactly what's going on is better than unnecessary stress. Thyroid problems in particular are easily treatable these days, as long as you have the right treatments as soon as possible. What's more, once the thyroid balance has been stabilised, hair loss problems will gradually disappear. Appropriate medical treatment will enable more serious problems to be tackled.

The certain medicines also have a negative impact on hair density. These include antacids, anti-hypertensives and anticoagulants. That's why it's essential to read the instructions carefully and check whether hair loss is listed as a side effect of your medication. This is not to say that you should stop taking your medication in the event of hair loss or other hair problems, but simply that you should seek information and discuss the matter with your GP if more hair-friendly alternatives are available.

Loss of hair density can also be linked to hormonal changes that women go through. In general, these changes occur at different periods in a woman's life, namely pregnancy and childbirth pre-menopause and the menopause of course. Stress is an aggravating factor (our hair reflects our physiological and psychological state) that should not be overlooked, and certain stages in a woman's life are more difficult to manage than others.

In addition, a surgical shock, general anaesthesia, haemorrhage or prolonged high fever can cause hair to become thinner. Here again, the stress factor can play.

Practical tips for densifying thinning hair

To camouflage, even temporarily, the depressing effects of a bald head and thinning hair, there are several types of products on the market today. These cosmetic solutions are not real hair care products, but they do at least offer women (and men too) a fast, practical response to their thinning hair problem. Before moving on to a more medical and chemical phase such as the use of Minoxidil, start with these tips.

Texturising spray

Texturizing spray is a simple tip for camouflaging for areas that lack density, but of course doesn't solve the underlying problem. Apply directly to the roots for a visibly denser, fuller look, even on the lengths. When applying the product to sparse, fine hair, don't hesitate to lift the roots from the scalp for even more volume.

Brushing your hair well

Contrary to popular belief, the way you brush your hair has an impact on the way you look at it. significant impact on density hair. Take the time to remove impurities morning and evening. As well as oxygenating the scalp, this tip also stimulates microcirculation. Move in all directions, from the top of the head to the nape of the neck and vice versa, not forgetting the sides.

Massaging the skull

Massage the skull regularly with the tips of the fingers brings some density to thinning hair. It's important to proceed methodically, whether on wet or dry hair. The bonus of a successful scalp massage is an instant feeling of well-being, goodbye stress! So remember to incorporate a good scalp massage into your hair care routine to reap all the benefits.

Start at the nape of your neck and work your way up to the top of your skull. The aim is to follow the direction of microcirculation and respect the distribution of blood vessels. Contrary to popular belief, these massages should not be performed during shampooing. Shampoos contain washing substances that can further damage the roots of your already fragile hair.

Use hair powder

Composed of keratin, the powder for fine hair gives - as soon as it's applied - the appearance of denser hair and can effectively camouflage thinning hair or a slightly bald scalp. Simply sprinkle it over the hair. By coating each hair strand, the product temporarily erases the appearance of thinning.

The product will stay in place on very thin hair until the next shampoo. Don't hesitate to add a sublimating spray to set the powder and make your hair shinier.

Tips for an effective hair loss treatment

Using the right shampoos

To treat thinning hair correctly, it's essential to choose the right shampoo. Clauderer Emulsion n°18 is particularly recommended for adding volume and shine thanks to its natural extracts of ginseng and brewer's yeast, among others. It's best to avoid products containing silicone! Although this ingredient adds shine, it tends to suffocate the hair fibre and weigh hair down, especially fine hair. Silicone is in no way a care product, in fact it's a false friend. Choose more natural, silicone-free formulas wherever possible! Also discover our full article on hair growth.

Don't forget to apply a conditioner for gently detangle hair. As a result of this lack of volume, thinning hair tends to get greasy more quickly, giving it that flat look. A little tip to remedy this: you can even use products for oily hair.

Fill up on vitamins in your diet

To be in good health, hair, like skin, needs a daily vitamin intake.
Vitamin B1 is useful for harmonious hair growth, while vitamin B5 promotes hair density. A Brewer's yeast cure at each change of season is also an interesting supplement for fine, thinning hair.

Using food supplements

Food supplements also help to improve the density of thinning hair. These products help to stimulate hair growth by providing a positive response to any nutritional deficiencies (such as iron and vitamin D, as well as vitamin B12) that affect the hair.

In this case, opt for multi-vitamin products formulated with vitamin B6, copper, zinc or ginseng, such as the cure for Racines Plus.
In general, a treatment for fine, thinning hair lasting around three months is needed to strengthen the hair cycle. For best results, it's best to combine dietary supplements with the application of a local strengthening treatment: discover the Clauderer solutions.

Answers to your questions about thinning hair in women

How can I thicken fine, thinning hair?

To thicken fine, thinning hair, it's important to choose the right hair routine. Use a silicone-free shampoo to avoid further damaging already weakened hair. A nourishing mask is also important, as is a conditioner to make detangling easier. The no-poo and Indian powders that replace shampoo also offer great results for hair that lacks volume.

How to get thick hair with a grandmother's recipe?

Natural recipes based on extremely rich ingredients are your best allies. Here's an example of an easy-to-make mixture: a banana, a spoonful of olive oil and a spoonful of honey. Apply the resulting paste all over your hair, making sure to massage the scalp thoroughly. You can use this homemade treatment every week as a mask.

How can I hide thinning hair?

Take inspiration from these hairdressing tips to hide your thinning hair: you can crimp a few strands to add volume or form a slightly loose ponytail. Braided hairstyles are also effective. Just don't braid too tightly to give the illusion of volume! Another option is tone-on-tone colouring, which creates a play of light and shade that gives the impression of thick hair.

Jean-François Cabos

Jean-François Cabos is the creator of a unique hair care method based on the research he coordinated, which led to the publication of the book "Cheveux, Racines de Vie" with Hélène Clauderer by Robert Laffont (Collection "Réponses/ Santé").

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