Minor or moderate hair loss is commonly referred to as thinning hair. It does not necessarily cause baldness unlike widespread hair loss but gives the appearance of thinner hair spots on the head. It happens gradually and hence one is be able to determine the causes and the best treatment measures.
Does someone need best supplements for thinning hair or it can be done without taking it?
Thinning hair may be as a result of lifestyle habits, genetics or even both. Some medical conditions such as skin disorders, treatment for autoimmune diseases, birth, and immune system deficiencies are linked to thinning hair.
Lifestyle habits that cause thinning hair include over treating hair, use of harsh hair products, wearing hair too tightly, deficiency of iron, folic acid and other minerals in one’s diet, and uncontrolled stress.
Less commonly, it may be caused by eating disorders, high fever and hair pulling.
Best supplements and home remedies for thinning hair?
- Scalp massage: applying pressure with the fingertips after washing to encourage blood flow. A handheld scalp massager to remove dead skin cells may be used.
- Use of essential oils: essential oils are derived from certain plants and are mainly used in aromatherapy and other types of alternative medicine. Lavender oil has previously been used for those with pattern baldness. Before using, one should do a patch test to check for any allergic reactions.
- Anti-thinning shampoos: these are effective for provision of hair volume. They also contain vitamins and amino acids that create a healthier scalp that generates more hair with time.
- Intake of multivitamins: for malnourished and people with eating disorders, new hair may fail to grow. Intake of iron, folic acid and zinc will prevent hair loss.
- Folic acid supplements: folic acid is vital for generation of new cells. For thinning hair, it is thought to help hair follicles generate new hair in areas that may have suffered hair loss.
- Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids: these are refereed to as essential fatty acids as they cannot be made by the human body. Premature hair loss may be related to inflammation which omega-3 helps the body fight. Omega-6 is effective for overall skin health and with relation to hair, the scalp.
- Minoxidil: this is a hair loss treatment product that when applied directly to the scalp may result into thicker hair on balding spots. It is available in liquid or foam and can be bought over the counter. It may cause side effects such as scalp irritation or growth of unwanted hair on face and neck. The brand name for minoxidil is Rogaine.
- Spironolactrone(Aldactone): this is a prescription for those with thinning hair related to androgen production. It is an anti-androgen.
- Finasteride(Propecia): it is a prescription for hair loss in men only.
- Corticosteroids: these are prescriptions for conditions that are linked to hair loss due to underlying inflammation.
- Laser therapy: it is used by dermatologists and skin specialists. At-home laser therapy for hair may be done to regrow hair.
- Hair transplants: in cases where thinning hair gradually leads to advanced baldness, hair transplants may be an option.