4 Dermatologist Tips for Thinning Hair
To make your thin hair look its best, there are many strategies you can employ, from getting a lob haircut to help add volume to trying a special shampoo for thinning hair. And dermatologists have some stellar tricks up their sleeves to promote stronger, healthier hair. "If you have thinning hair, there are a few things that you can do at home to keep the hair that you have healthy, and also help promote new hair growth," says Dr. Joshua Zeichner, board-certified dermatologist in New York City. Below, he shares his best advice for fuller locks.
- Try a supplement. "Make sure that you are providing your body with the proper building blocks for optimum follicle health. A balanced diet alone may not be enough. Supplements like Viviscal are available over-the-counter or from your dermatologist and are designed to ensure your follicles have what they need to produce healthy hair," says Dr. Zeichner. Of course, consult with your doctor before you add any new supplements to your routine.
- Befriend camo. Whether you have bare patches or all-around thinning hair, consider this: "If you have areas of the scalp and hairline that are thinning, try a camouflaging product to conceal those problem areas. Cosmetic products like Toppik Hair Building Fibers are made of keratin protein, which bind to the hair to thicken the individual hair shaft and hide the light color of the skin on your scalp that you otherwise would see," says Dr. Zeichner.
- Reduce scalp inflammation. "If you have flaking in the scalp or dandruff, it means that the scalp is inflamed. This inflammation may interfere with hair growth. Make sure to use an anti-dandruff shampoo that contains zinc pyrithione like Dove Dermacare Scalp Anti-Dandruff Shampoo," advises Dr. Zeichner. "The active ingredient reduces levels of yeast on the skin that promote inflammation. While it will cleanse your hair, make sure to rub it into the scalp, thoroughly. Let it sit while you sing the alphabet before rinsing so it has enough time to do it's job." Can you hear us belting out our "XYZ?"
- Try to stimulate hair growth from the outside in. "The prescription topical, Minoxidil, is one of the best studied hair stimulating treatments available," explains Dr. Zeichner. "It works by enhancing blood flow to the scalp and extending the active growth phase of the hair itself. Look for the name brand like Rogaine because it ensures penetration of the product and has ingredients that minimize scalp irritation."