Thinning hair, beware…
As women, we associate a full head of glossy hair with our femininity, we work the best hair oil into our locks in the hope that our hair will be the shiniest. But hair loss issues are on the rise, and in a culture that follows the mantra, the bigger the hair, the better, losing it can be not only be disheartening, it can be down right distressing too. Which is why the best shampoo for hair loss can be invaluable.
An estimated eight million women in the UK are suffering from hair loss and around 45% of women are concerned with thinning hair, making it an issue to address now more than ever.
Causes of thinning hair
One of the most common causes of thinning hair is a lack of iron, however there are other factors that can lead to hair thinning too. It can be down to losing excessive hair, but it can also be caused by the actual diameter of your hair shafts reducing.
And while both result in volume reduction, hair diameter thinning happens over a long period of time, while excessive hair shedding can result in more rapid reduction of volume if the daily loss of hair is substantial.
For instance, if you suffer from Androgenetic alopecia, you will notice thinning hair at the top, frontal area and just behind your hairline, while hair at the back stays thick.
This is due to an enzyme that causes conversion of the male sex hormone testosterone to another hormone, known as dihyydrotestosterone (DHT). This causes the hair follicles to produce thinner hair.
On the other hand, Alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease that affects up to 2% of the population, causes round patches of hair loss and can lead to total baldness.
It’s typically normal to lose around 1,000 hairs a day but shedding can also be accelerated due to illness, stress, medication or hormones.
However, with the right kind of treatment, nutrition and healthy living, you can help your hair grow back within six months.
You can follow tips and tricks for thinning hair, but the best shampoo for hair loss is a great place to start.
We’ve pulled together the best shampoos for hair loss, to help give your hair the volume you want and the care it needs…
Sachajuan Thickening Shampoo, £20 – Fabled
Deeply cleanse fine hair to promote a fuller finish. Offering protection against both damaging environmental radicals and heat styling, this bodifying shampoo leaves the hair looking voluptuous, shiny and sensationally fuller.
Rene Furterer Stimulating Shampoo, £15.20 – Amazon
This stimulating shampoo increases circulation around the follicle to encourage growth of stronger, healthier hair by employing a gentle cleansing action using microbeads made from essential oils of Orange, Lavender and Rosemary.
L’Oreal Paris Elvive Fibrology Shampoo, £4.99 – Boots
The key is in the patented ingredient that penetrates deep within the hair fibre to expand and increase the diameter of each hair, so that over time your hair actually becomes thicker.
Nioxin Cleanser Shampoo, £22.83 – Amazon
Designed to remove oil and debris such as sebum, fatty acids and environmental residue which can block hair follicles, this shampoo gently removes product build up, clearing nutrient pathways to your scalp and hair follicle sites without stripping hair of essential oils.
Klorane Flax Seed Shampoo, £8 – Amazon
Not only is flax seed great for our diet, it’s also a great way of giving a boost to your roots. The fortified flax fibre has thickening properties, which make the hair look bouncier and thicker.
Aveda Invati Exfoliating Shampoo, £21.25 – Fabled
Clinically proven to remove the build-up of sebum and product residue that can clog pores and affect healthy hair, this shampoo nourishes dry, tight scalps with extracts from millet seed and milk thistle, equalizing the lipid balance while cleansing, exfoliating and renewing the scalp with wintergreen-derived salicylic acid.
Kérastase Densifique Bain Densite, £13.60 – Lookfantastic
This gentle cleanser will leave your hair feeling denser and more resistant to damage. Enriched with Stemoxydine®, which is a state-of-the-art densifying molecule, it also contains hyaluronic acid which plumps up the hair fibre for a fuller and thicker appearance with added bounce.
KMS Add Volume Shampoo, £15 – Look Fantastic
Add volume by name, add volume by reputation. First this shampoo cleans each strand of dirt and grime that weighs down thin hair, and then the special complex inside strengthens hair to make it look fuller.
Article Credit: Katie Thomas
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