What is the most effective way to solve my thinning hair problem?
A hair transplant is a surgical procedure in which hair is cut from the part of your head where it is not thinning and is surgically implanted into the section where it was falling out from. After the hair transplant, this section of your scalp will appear as if it just got a crew cut. It will take several months for your hair to grow in this section. A hair transplant can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $20,000, with the average being $10,000. Today's hair transplants can provide a natural looking result, unlike the "plug look" of yesterday. But you may want to try something less drastic first. Read the next section which explains the most reliable treatments that are non-surgical: Rogaine, Propecia (for men and women of post-menopause age only) and the Hairxax Lasercomb
<Is there a reliable way to solve my thinning hair problem that doesn’t cost so much?
The next most effective way to solve the thinning hair problem is with a combination pill and topical regimen. Propecia is a prescription pill which will help regrow hair in men that are balding at the area at the back of the top of their heads.
This prescription pill will help stop the hair from falling out. Propecia has also been prescribed for women of post-menopause age. This is because it cannot be prescribed for women of child-bearing age because it can cause birth defects. Propecia is not prescribed for women very often because there are not many studies with women of its long term effects. The pill should be combined with a Rogaine regimen. Rogaine is a topical solution that can regrow hair, when applied to the areas of the scalp where thinning hair is a problem. Rogaine can be used with women, as a matter of fact, there is a formulation created just for women. Another option which will thicken existing hair to cover the balding area, while slowing down hair shedding is the Hairmax Laser Comb
Can hair loss ever be caused by hairstyles?
Traction alopecia, also known as tension alopecia, is a type of hair loss caused by too much tension on the hair from tight ponytails, weaves, hair extensions, cornrows, braids, tightly pinned hair, etc... This type of hair loss results in bald patches, or widening areas of visible scalp. The balding usually occurs at the hair line or where the hair is parted to create such hairstyles. This type of hair loss can be permanent if not caught early on. If you notice this condition, stop wearing the offending hairstyle immediately so you can let the hair grow back in. Massage the area frequently to encourage hair growth. Check out the HairMax LaserComb to help make the remaining hair thicker to cover the balding area. If you must wear hairstyles such as those listed above, only do so once in a while, although it's best not to ever wear such a hairstyle again. If you catch this type of hair loss early on and stop wearing the offending hairstyle the hair should grow back in a few months. If it does not grow back, this means the condition is permanent and unfortunately the only treatment for permanent traction alopecia is hair transplantation or restoration. Rogaine will not grow the hair back. Anyone with hair loss may want to consult a dermatologist.
How do Celebrity Hairstylists give thinning hair body and volume?
Celebrity hairstylist Crystal Tesinsky puts the celebrity’s hair in a ponytail high on top of her head before the star has her makeup done. After the makeup is done, she takes the ponytail out and then shakes the hair out. This gives the hair body without any products, which lasts for a few hours.
Another trick celebrity hairstylists use is to wait until your hair is 80% dry and then apply a volumizing product at the roots (volumizing sprays are easiest to use). Then pick up two inch wide chunks of hair and spritz them right at the roots (do not put volumizing products on the rest of hair strands or you will weigh hair down). Then flip your head forward and blow dry the hair underneath with a brush. When you raise your head, don’t brush your hair, but use your fingers to style it. You can also use velcro rollers, and roll 2 inch sections of hair. Leave in hair for ten to twenty minutes, blast with the “cool” setting on the blow dryer, remove rollers, shake curls lose, and then tousle hair using fingers or a wide-tooth hair pick.
Many celebrities use hair extensions, not for length, but for width. Pieces of hair are woven into their natural hair to give it more body and volume. Of course this can be very expensive. See our article called Hair Extensions
What other tricks are there for adding more volume and body to my hair?
Like shine, volume and body depend on clean hair. If you keep your hair clean and it still looks lifeless and limp, there are several tricks to add volume and body.
The best method of adding volume and body to the hair is to get it cut in a shorter, layered style. If you like to keep your hair long, get it layered around your face, or sides or perhaps a second layer added toward the bottom, similar to the styles sported by the long-haired super-models. The layers add instant width and movement to the hairstyle.
Another way to add volume to thinning hair is to color the hair . Coloring your hair instantly thickens the individual hair strands by coating them with dye. This only works with permanent color, however,
If you do not wish to take such drastic measures to add volume to your thinning hair, try a volume-building product, like Fat Cat, by Redken (found in salons), which will temporarily plump up your locks.
A no-risk method of adding body to the hair is to use a body-building shampoo and conditioner, and then to blow-dry your hair while hanging your head upside down.