Whether you are born with fine hair or age is catching up onto your scalp, having thin hair is a real struggle that many experiences! No matter how glam your makeup is or how great your fashion style is, you still look like a wet cat…
If you can relate, here are five ways to ease your struggles.
- Add Waves to Your Tress
- Choose the Correct Shampoo
- “Hidden” Hair Extensions
- Healthy Diet for Healthy Hair
- Regular Hair Treatments to Unclog Pores
Pro Tip: You have thin hair if your ponytail circumference measures less than two inches (5cm). Thick hair generally measures four inches (10 cm) or more.
1. Add Waves to Your Tress
If you’ve had a straight hairstyle your whole life, it’s time to reconsider your options. As a general rule of thumb, wavy hair will add more volume to your hair and make it look thicker.
Add Waves to Your Tress
However, bear in mind that perms can be damaging to your hair when it is not done or taken care of properly. You may run into other tricky hair problems, such as split ends or dry, brittle hair.
These gorgeous hair extensions are also readily available on any online marketplace, and it is super affordable to boot!
It is recommended to get your hair done in reputable salons to ensure that you are getting the best products and treatments on your hair. Consult your hairstylist to get your preferred perm (e.g. cold vs hot perm, Japanese/Korean vs Digital Perms). After your perm, make sure you use chemicals-safe shampoo, conditioner and heat protective products when styling or blow-drying your hair.
2. Choose the Correct Shampoo
If you’ve been trying to give your fine hair a little more volume, you’ve probably tried all of the things: styling your hair in different ways, using mousse, texturizing sprays, dry shampoos, etc.
However, to be honest, the secret to full, thick hair starts with a good foundation—like using a shampoo for fine hair that’ll give you the volume boost you’re looking for. The right shampoo not only cleanses your hair gently, but it can also encourage hair growth and give your hair more volume.
Here are some ingredients to look out for when choosing your shampoo.
- Avoid artificial colouring, preservatives, parabens and sulfates to minimize hair loss. These ingredients are commonly added to produce foamy lather in your shampoo, but these ingredients can strip away protective oils and breakdown proteins that make up the hair shaft. Choose a shampoo that indicates 0% parabens, sulfates, colouring and preservatives!
- Add volume to your thin hair, choose shampoos that are volumizing. However, if you have an oily scalp, bear in mind that certain volumizing shampoo contains moisturizing ingredients, which may add more moisture to your already oily hair. Ingredients such as argan oil, aloe vera, vitamin E, biotin and amino acids are great additions to encourage hair growth and thicken your hair.
3. “Hidden” Hair Extensions
Did you know that you can get a fuller head of hair instantly with less than $10? Meet the ground-breaking invention of the century: Clip-on Hair Extensions.
Hair Extension clip-ons are ideal for adding length and volume without causing damage to your own hair. And here’s the thing: You don’t have to be a professional hairstylist to put these locks on! The application process is super simple and easy that beginners can do it in a matter of minutes.
However, bear in mind that attaching the clip-ons to your hair for long periods of time can cause hair breakage. Reserve them for days when you need to take some hair-flipping photos outdoors!
4. Healthy Diet = Healthy Hair
External fixes aside, it is important to manage your diet to maintain healthy hair.
When you don’t get the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that your body needs from your diet, your scalp health will be affected too.
Here are some hair-healthy diet tips:
- Limit Your Sodium Intake. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends limiting sodium intake to 2300 mg daily for adults, which is about 1 teaspoon of salt. High levels of salt can be toxic to hair, as sodium deposits can build up around the hair follicles and prevent important nutrients from being absorbed efficiently.
- Avoid Fried Food. When you have too much grease in your diet, your scalp will produce more sebum to get rid of the excess oil in your body. The excess oil can attract and trap dirt, clogging your hair pores and inhibiting hair growth.
- Eat More Leafy Vegetables and Fruits. Vegetables and fruits are rich in vitamins and minerals that your hair needs to grow healthily.
- Drink At Least 2 Litres of Water Everyday. Your scalp, just like your skin, can become dehydrated, making for a poor hair growth environment.
- Eat more protein. Your hair is composed primarily of protein, so including adequate amounts in your diet is vital to hair growth.
5. Unclog Pores with Regular Hair Treatments
Did you know that thinning hair can also be caused by clogged hair follicles? In fact, this is very common in Singapore as we perspire more in the hot and humid weather.
When the scalp is not cleaned properly, excess sebum or dirt may clog hair follicles and inhibit hair growth. This limits hair growth, as there is less space for hair to grow out from each hair follicle. Worse off, you may not be able to clear these clogged pores with normal shampoo! To ensure that your scalp is clear of clogged pores, it will be best to consult professional hair experts for hair treatments and analysis.
Detailed Hair & Scalp Analysis
At Beijing 101 Hair Consultants, premium-grade Chinese herbs are used to concoct our signature Deep Cleansing Scalp Mask. This award-winning hair solution is guaranteed to cleanse every nook and cranny of your scalp and unclog your pores from excess sebum and dirt.
Detailed Hair & Scalp Analysis
Just like how you would go for monthly professional facials to deep-cleanse your skin and achieve that healthy-looking glow, your scalp also needs deep-cleansing with regular hair treatments to allow your hair to grow healthily.
Scalp care is something that we often ignore until the consequences become visible. If you are experiencing thinning hair and would like to get your scalp health checked, reach out to us here!