We love it. Thick, shiny, run-your-fingers-through-it-hair. But the long and short of it is… it's completely natural for our hair to change in volume and density over time.
The problem with thinning - damaged hair is not always what's visible. It's how it rocks a woman’s self-esteem. For women, who put so much emotional value on their hair, it can be absolutely devastating for their self image and emotional well-being.
The American Hair Loss Association estimates that women make up roughly 40 percent of Americans experiencing thinning hair and the majority of women will experience some thinning by midlife.
SO, WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS?
Most people lose between 50-100 strands a day. But, why?
Usually means a reduction in volume as well as less physical hairs on our head. As strands diminish in number, there is a lack of density. Thinner hairs tend not to grow past a certain length.
HOPE FOR THINNING - DAMAGED HAIR
There is HOPE! There are simple things we can do to nourish the scalp, strengthen weak and damaged hair, and help it grow denser, fuller, and more beautiful looking.
- Treat your hair well: Start in the shower. In addition to using BIOTA Botanicals’ Herbal Shampoo and Conditioner (and/or our Advanced Herbal Serum), with its clinically tested formula to combat thinning- damaged hair, take time to gently massage your scalp for a few minutes a day. Here’s the good news, you can do double duty here – as you gently massage your scalp, so that our Herbal BioComplex B11 can get to work. Try singing two rounds of “Happy Birthday” to yourself twice (that’s about 2 minutes!).
- Nourish your body, nourish your hair: Proteins, essential fatty acids and proper vitamins all go a long way when it comes to maintaining a healthy head of hair. For example, B vitamins, folates, biotin, iron-rich protein all help create red blood cells, which in turn carry oxygen and nutrients to the cells – including those in the scalp, follicles and hair. If we don’t properly feed these cells, they literally starve, which can cause thinning, slower hair growth or weak and thinning hair that is predisposed to breaking. Vitamin C which helps to form collagen, which your hair needs for healthy growth and foods rich in beta carotene are instrumental. And, zinc which supports healthy hair.
- A little TLC goes a long way: Invest in a good brush and a wide toothed comb. When blow drying, take care to use a lower setting and be gentle (no pulling and tugging). If your styling routine includes hot styling tools (e.g., flat irons, curling irons) try to stop the sizzle by using a moisturizing product for protection. If you are a chronic wearer of super tight, high-on-the-head ponytails and similar styles, change it up every now and then.
- Monitor your health – COMPLETELY: Manage your stress and find a way to “decompress.” Stay hydrated to help absorb necessary vitamins and minerals.