If you’re worried about thinning hair or premature hair loss, here are our tips to nourish your hair whilst styling and promoting growth.
In the UK, two-thirds of all men will experience male pattern baldness—the most common reason for male hair loss—at some point in their life. That’s over 7 million men who are experiencing hair loss, shedding or thinning. Nearly 25% of men experience hair loss by the age of 30.
It’s worth remembering that thinning hair is a completely normal part of the ageing process. It happens to most men as they get older, but it usually isn’t something to worry about. However, we understand that many men would like to slow down or address thinning hair as a personal style preference and confidence booster.
If you’re looking to take better care of your hair, pick up some styling tips to help you feel more confident with hair loss, or you’re seeking out treatment for thinning hair, then we’ve got you covered in this journal.
Typically speaking, you can halt thinning hair in two ways:
- Treating Hair Loss at the Source
- Strategic Styling for Thinning Hair
What Causes Hair Loss In Men?
Although male pattern baldness is the most common cause of men’s hair loss, it can also be caused by health issues like alopecia, nutritional imbalances, lifestyle, hormonal changes, medications or medical treatments, stress and certain hairstyles.
DHT: Male Sex Hormone
One of the main hormones linked to hair loss is a male sex hormone known as dihydrotestosterone or DHT. As an androgen and sex steroid produced in the body, DHT is one of the hormones responsible for giving men their masculine characteristics.
How does DHT link to thinning hair? Researchers believe DHT is responsible for around 50% of male hair loss, making the hair follicles smaller and smaller (particularly at the temples and crown) until they disappear permanently. Researchers do not yet understand how and why DHT levels change or how they’re controlled in the body.
Thinning hair can also be hereditary. Contrary to popular belief, however, hair loss doesn’t just come from one side of the family—genetics from both parents’ sides play a part in male pattern baldness. So, taking a look at the men in your family and how their hair is holding up can help to guide you if you’re wondering what will happen to your own.
Treating Hair Loss At The Source
If you’re looking at preventing hair loss or pressing pause on hair that’s starting to thin, there are several ways you can handle this at home. Focusing on healthy, balanced nutrition and using effective hair products to promote growth and thickness are great ways to control thinning hair.
Hair Growth Supplements | Overview
Healthy hair is linked to your diet, lifestyle and how you treat your hair. Vitamins A, B, C, D and E are all great for your hair, as are iron, zinc and protein. The best way to get these into your body is through a balanced diet.
However if you have a busy lifestyle, a low appetite or there are certain foods that you don’t eat then this can be tough. Low iron and zinc are two common reasons for hair shedding and a lack of hair growth—and these deficiencies can be common in vegetarian or vegan diets.
A nutritional supplement designed specifically for healthy hair can be a great way to boost thickness, growth and hair health. These usually positively impact your skin, nails and overall well-being too!
Stimulating Shampoos & Conditioners | Overview
Stimulating shampoos and conditioners are easy to add to your routine. They promote a healthy scalp, healthy hair as well as improve blood flow to your scalp—all of which are essential for hair growth and thickness. Thickening and volumising shampoos also provide a daily boost to the fullness of your existing hair.
Nourishing Creams | Overview
Nourishing hair creams are the ideal step to add to your hair care routine for fuller hair. They help you to style your hair (making it look thicker) whilst keeping it hydrated, nourished and moisturised at the same time. It can also help to protect your hair from heat and styling damage, which can impact hair growth.
Strategic Styling for Thinning Hair
The way you style your hair can make a big difference to your confidence. Adding volume and making your hair strands appear thicker is one of the best ways to give thinning hair a boost. Styling isn’t just about the products you use either, make sure you visit your barber for regular trims—they may even have suggestions for a style upgrade.
Sprays | Overview & Unique Benefits
Sprays are a great way to style your hair without adding extra weight to thinning or fine hair. Choose a lightweight hold product or one that adds texture for a thickening effect.
Hair Powders: Overview & Unique Benefits
Hair powders (also known as volumising powders) help to create texture and volume in the hair, giving thinning hair a boost that lasts and stays in place for as long as you need it to. It’s ideal for styling and for adding volume, as well as helping absorb excess oil.
Clays & Pastes | Overview & Unique Benefits
Clays and pastes are great for styling thinning hair as they’re lighter than the heavier, high-hold products like pomades and gels which can weigh down thin or fine hair, leaving it looking limp.