Are you aware that you lose around 100 hair strands a day? This is part of your hair’s natural cycle but you also grow back new hair to replace what you’ve shed. However, if this natural cycle is disrupted, you may begin to see some signs of hair thinning, hair loss, or a receding hairline. While these hair problems are quite common to everyone, regardless of gender or genetics, some of the things you do may make your hair thinner.
Additionally, you might not be aware that you’re causing any damage. Below are some habits that may contribute to your hair problems.
Here Are 10 Habits That Make Your Hair Thinner (And How To Avoid Them)
“Despite some of the claims, a shampoo or conditioner won’t be able to stop or slow hair loss, nor help with a receding hairline or thicken hair that’s becoming thinner…” – Anabel Kingsley
1. You Don’t Shampoo Frequently Or You Shampoo Too Much
There are too many misconceptions about how often you need to wash your hair. Some argue that you should not do it frequently because it will lead to hair damage. Others disagree on this because shampooing helps to keep the scalp healthy.
But trichologist Anabel Kingsley, who is the daughter of the late hair expert for celebrities, Philip Kingsley, stated that you ideally need to shampoo your hair every day or every few days, depending on your hair type. She compared shampooing to having a good skincare regimen for your facial skin, which you also need to do every day.
Like the skin, the scalp has sweat glands or sebaceous glands that secrete and produce the sebum or oil. This is what keeps the hair from drying out. It is what nourishes the hair follicles on the roots. However, the sebum may mix with other pollutants that penetrate your hair, thus causing a build-up that affects its form, appearance, and quality.
Because of this build-up, Kingsley recommends the following frequency for shampooing:
Fine Hair – People with fine hair have more hair per follicle, so it can easily get greasy at the end of the day. You likely have to get rid of this grease by shampooing daily.
Coarse Hair – People with coarse hair, on the other hand, should not go without shampooing for more than three days.
Meanwhile, according to Cleveland Clinic dermatologist Dr. Melissa Piliang, when you don’t wash your hair every one-to-three days, then the build-up on the scalp will lead to seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff) and inflammation. These can contribute to itching, scratching, and hair breakage. It may also lead to slow hair growth and thinning hair.
But if you shampoo too often when your hair type is not fit for this, you may risk turning your hair brittle and dry. If your hair becomes fragile, you will also have hair breakage that can make your hair thinner. Use a conditioner to prevent hair damage if your hair is becoming dry.
2. You Use A Hairbrush Roughly
Kingsley does not advise using a hairbrush because the hair can easily get caught in between the bristles and tangle up. Instead, she recommends a wide-tooth comb for grooming your hair so that there will be less hair pulling and hair loss. You also need to use gentle strokes to detangle your hair and not vigorously brush or comb it.
3. You Over-Groom Your Hair
Hair expert Kingsley also doesn’t believe in the myth that you must brush or comb your hair for 100 strokes a day to keep it shiny. Grooming your hair works to untangle and smooth its surface. If it’s smooth, the light will reflect better; that is why it looks shiny. You still get this positive effect if you comb or brush your hair with less than 100 strokes. What is more, you won’t make your hair thinner by over-brushing.
4. You Don’t Get Your Hair Trimmed Regularly
How long has it been since your last hair trim? Experts say that you need to get this done at least every two months to facilitate a healthy hair growth. Some people do away with hair trimming because they want to maintain the length of their hair. The thing is, broken and damaged hair won’t grow out unless you get a trim.
Usually, hair damage is concentrated on the edges so you really have to cut the ends. You can get a quarter-inch cut and still keep the approximate length but your hair will still benefit from the trim.
5. You’re Using Too Much Heat On Your Hair
The tools you use to style your hair – such as flat irons, curling irons, and hair dryers – can cause hair breakage. These can weaken the scalp and the fibers on the hair shaft. It can also dry out the cuticles of the hair’s outer layer, making your hair thinner.