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Definition

Thinning of hair occurs when hairs fall and are not replaced by new hair. This feature is seen as part of normal aging process and is apparent in both men and women.

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Causes

  • Temporary shedding of hair due to illness or medications like cancer chemotherapy.
  • Hereditary
  • Breaking of hair from such things as styling treatments and twisting or pulling of hair.
  • Hair becomes fine-textured and breaks easily due to treatment by harsh chemicals.
  • Patchy areas of hair loss - alopecia areata
  • Burns
  • Tinea capitis

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What You Can Do

  • Use volume building hair care products.

  • Try using permanent or semi-permanent color to give body and volume to hair. Medications can weaken hair, causing it to break or fall out. Semi-permanent color is good as it does not contain ammonia or peroxide, will not damage hair, and add body and volume to it.

  • Shampoo and condition your hair on a regular basis as fine and thing hair get dirty faster. Use a volume building conditioner

  • Avoid using blow dryers, flat irons and curling irons directly on the hair. This can cause damage and breakage.

  • Avoid using products that contain very strong chemicals such as curl-relaxing products for fine hair.

  • Getting a soft perm or permanent wave can help give volume to fine-textured hair that are healthy. This should be used as a last option as these products contain chemicals that might be harsh.

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Thin Hair