Thinning, often mistaken for alopecia, is generally referred to as the “moderate” hair fall, while alopecia is referred to as excessive hair loss. Thinning does not occur in large patches on the head but you gradually experience that a small portion becomes thinner or scantier than what is on the other parts of your head.
Treating thinning is much easier than alopecia because it gives you enough time to act. Thinning develops gradually, during the slow phase, treatment is possible to minimize the hair loss as a result of thinning.
How do You Identify Thinning?
Have you noticed a certain quantity (more than the usual little) of hairs pulling out as a result of combing? or realized that there’s a lot of skin at the scalp of your hair, these are common symptoms of thinning, others just experience overall thinning.
So, when experienced get it treated or consult your doctor for assistance. On the other hand, alopecia is the medical term used to describe the loss of hair from both the body and the head. However, loss of hairs present on the head is more common and dreaded than in other parts of the body. So what are the causes of alopecia?
Before we move on, thinning occurs in both men and women and is not the same thing as alopecia, but if not treated early and properly can develop into alopecia.
What Causes thinning?
Many ideas have been propounded on the causes of thinning. Thinning and alopecia generally has some common causes. Majorly these causes include
- Family tree, of course, most importantly it boils down to the genetic makeup of an individual. Although treated, naturally and synthetically, it is a major cause of baldness in both males and females.
- Medical conditions, which houses both illnesses and infections, do not take infections lightly, anemic conditions also cause hair loss, and so proper treatment is necessary to avoid escalation which may lead to alopecia.
- Hormones – Mostly new mothers will experience hair loss as a result of hormonal changes.
- Improper dietary requirements, the diet constitutes 80% of a healthy hair structure and as such must be treated very sternly too.
Please note that there are more causes of thinning generally but the above listed are the most major causes.
What Causes Thinning Hair During the Winter?
Ever noticed how much more hair gets lost during the winter? Why, arid air. Winter is associated with dry air which is in no way needed by your hair because once the hair becomes dry it becomes brittle which easily breaks and eventually falls.
Winter also brings about the loss of luster and shine which may be a reason why it appears to be thin. With this important discovery, about the dryness that winter comes with, we’ve identified the cause, treatments and avoidance won’t be a problem.
Mostly, thinning starts out simple, we lose few strands sometimes, lots of strands (for dry scalps), when styling – over styling our hairs, but it isn’t mandatory to lose numerous strands every single time. Healthier hairs don’t fall excessively. If this happens more than once, it should be a cause for concern.
5 Tips to Keep Your Hair from Thinning this Winter
If you have identified winter as the cause of your thinning hair, these tips will help you reduce the impact of winter on your hair. If winter is not the cause of your thinning, then you should first identify the cause. Then apply a treatment which is specific to the cause of your thinning.
- Winter Diet: A little change to your diet this winter can go a long way to save your hair from thinning. In the winter, lots of vitamin, zinc, and biotin are very helpful combatants of thinning. Taking a lot of protein also helps. The dairy products contain fatty acid which stimulates hair growth.
- Winter Styling: During the winter it is of utmost importance that you avoid hairstyles that tug at your scalp to avoid the strands pulling out by themselves. Ponytails will save your hair from unnecessary thinning during the winter.
- Winter Attitude: Winter usually brings with it the holiday we all love. As such, you should try to be stress-free during the winter. Your attitude during the winter should scream stress free, while you’re being stressed, your nutrient absorption levels are greatly affected, even when you’re on the proper diet needed for healthier hair.
- Winter Products: Some hair products can save your hair from thinning, especially in the winter. During the winter it is highly advisable to use hair thinning shampoos to prevent further thinning and add fullness to the hair. Don’t forget conditioning, treatments that help the scalp.
- Appropriate Treatment: Winter or not – of course, winter encourages thinning but if there’s already been thinning before the winter periods, there is a need to re-examine the cause of thinning. Understanding the cause of your thinning will help you treat it better.