Thinning hair is a common problem among men and it’s not just older generations that are experiencing it — thinning hair can affect younger men too, even men as young as their late 20’s and early 30’s. Caring for thinning hair isn’t like caring for thicker hair, and it’s important to understand the changes your hair is going through and how to take care of your waning mane.
1. Wash Your Hair Infrequently With Cool Water — and the Correct Products
Hot showers can feel amazing, especially after a long, hard day at work. However, very hot water will strip your hair of its natural oils, which can prevent hair from growing. Additionally, washing your hair too often can have the same effect. Wash your hair infrequently, no more than a few times per week, and avoid using very hot water. Ask your salon professional to recommend a shampoo and conditioner to use that will protect your hair as it thins — drugstore products that claim to give you thicker, fuller hair often don’t work and only serve to leave a waxy buildup on your hair strands and follicles.
2. Take Good Care of Your Scalp
Your scalp is where your hair follicles live, and healthy hair follicles produce healthy hair. Even if your hair is very thin or you have large spots on your scalp with no hair, it’s important to take good care of your scalp. Avoiding hot showers and washing too frequently is a great first step — your hair’s natural oils do an awesome job of keeping your scalp and hair follicles nourished. For extra help keeping your scalp moisturized, visit your salon and ask about scalp treatments. Your salon professional can recommend different scalp treatments based on whether you have oily or dry hair, and regular treatments can go a long way to keeping your scalp healthy.
3. Don’t Avoid Haircuts
Simply put, it’s a myth that getting your hair cut if your hair is thinning will make the problem worse. Follow your salon professional’s recommendations on how often to get your hair cut — after all, you want the hair you do have to look great.
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