Everything You Need to Know About Your Thinning Hair
What should you do if you just noticed that your hair is thinning?
In the very first stages of thinning hair, the first thing you're gonna want to do is to try and camouflage it. There are products now that can make your hair look thicker than it actually is. So you can keep the same style but start using different products. Instead of a gel, mousse, or pomade, now you should use a texturing spray or a volumizing powder that will create more grip and texture, giving the illusion of thicker hair. A lot of products work to separate the hair, making it look more see-through, but these actually work to make the hair look less see-through. Try Matrix Texture Builder, a dry shampoo with a little grip. Or Matrix Height Riser which adds texture and thickness. Put it on at the roots and rub into dry hair.
Should you shampoo your hair less?
There are a lot of studies out there that say that over-shampooing can clog the follicle so that the hair won't grow. To avoid this you should switch from a regular shampooing schedule to using a cleansing conditioner, which removes dirt and crud but leaves your natural oils. Biolage makes one specifically for fine hair.
Yes, that's the worst problem. Guys that are wearing a hat all the time are creating their own male pattern baldness. They're not allowing the sweat glands to breathe, and they're clogging the follicles, which prevents hair growth. You need oxygen in order to produce the oils that help your hair grow.
What's the next step?
Go as short as possible. Because when your hair is shorter, it looks thicker. People are afraid to change the look that they have had for so many years. They worry that others will notice that their hair is thinning. But people will notice either way, so it's better to change your hairstyle. Then they'll notice your new haircut more than the fact that your hair is thinning.
How do you know if it's time to shave your head?
When you have one spot that is completely missing hair. Whether it's the back donut-hole area or the temples are now so far back that you're all forehead, it's time to get rid of the hair. There's nothing worse than when guys have just a few pieces of hair on top that they try to style. That looks worse.
What about medication?
Start early on by talking to your doctor. There are a lot of medications for male pattern baldness. They tend to work best if the follicles aren't already destroyed.
What about hair plugs?
If you go to somebody very reputable and get them done, they can look amazing. But if you're dealing with hair that is so far gone and trying to re-create a whole head of hair, it's going to look very unnatural. Plugs have come a long way. But there's no cheap way to do them, and they'll take two to three different transplants. It's a pretty invasive process with a substantial recovery time.