Hair thinning: Learn how to Treat this Problem

Specialist teaches how to avoid hair thinning and explains if it is possible to reverse this situation

hair thinning: learn how to treat this problem


You know when we comb our hair and the strands come out in large quantities in the brush? Or when the elastic goes around more than usual when fixing the highlights? So, these are some of the signs of the hair thinning process , which, if not treated correctly, can lead to significant hair loss.

However, stay calm! Although it is desperate to think about losing the highlights, if the problem is treated in advance, the situation can be reversed , see?! Follow and understand:

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Causes of hair thinning

In most cases, thinning is just a symptom of a bigger problem: androgenetic alopecia. According to dermatologist Daniel Cassiano, this condition is mainly caused by hereditary factors , being characterized by a continuous fall of the locks in which the wires become thinner and smaller until the total interruption of growth.

However, in addition to genetics, other factors may be involved in worsening hair thinning, such as hormonal changes. "Changes in the thyroid and imbalances in cortisol levels in times of stress, androgen hormones, such as testosterone, and female hormones in phases such as menopause and pregnancy can cause and accentuate the thinning of wires", warns the doctor.

Also according to the expert, the quality of food is also fundamental in this process. “Restrictive diets, low-protein diets, long periods of fasting and iron and zinc deficiency, for example, also worsen the picture”, he says.


Learning to identify the problem

According to Daniel, the thinning can be easily identified when noticing that the locks are coming off the scalp in more than 100 hairs a day . “It is necessary to keep an eye on the sharp decrease in capillary density or volume, or even observe the appearance of flaws”, he explains.

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Now, if instead of the hair falling out, your hair is getting thinner, the ideal is to visit a doctor to confirm the diagnosis. “Androgenetic alopecia is a progressive condition, meaning it tends to get worse quickly if left untreated. Therefore, it is best to see a dermatologist as soon as possible to start treatment”, recommends the doctor.


The use of chemistry in the hair

It is essential to know that all chemistry can aggravate the process of thinning and hair loss, see? “The use of progressive dyes and brushes, for example, promotes an aggression of the hair structure, from the cuticle to the cortex, causing deproteinization and breakage of the threads ”, warns the dermatologist.

So if your hair is showing signs of falling out, it's important to avoid these procedures until the condition is controlled, ok?! 


Care of the locks

According to the professional, in relation to care at home, there are not many secrets. Those with an oily scalp can wash their hair daily, while those with drier hair can take care of it every other day. 

The conditioner , according to him, should be avoided by people who have short hair , since it should be applied only to the ends of the strands so as not to harm the scalp. “After washing, the hair must be dried very well using a towel. It is important to wait for your hair to dry completely before combing it, as wet hair is more susceptible to damage. And never sleep with wet locks,” he advises.

In addition, it is recommended to avoid heat tools, such as a hairdryer and flat irons. However, if these items cannot be missing from your hair routine at all, don't forget to apply a heat protectant first.


So, is it possible to reverse the thinning of the wires?

According to the expert, yes! But the sooner treatment is started, the better and faster the results will be. Treatment is individualized on a case-by-case basis according to the diagnosis. In general, the dermatologist may recommend the use of lotions formulated with specific actives for hair growth and, depending on the situation, nutritional and hormonal supplements.

Source: Daniel Cassiano, dermatologist and member of the Brazilian Society of Dermatology (SBD) and the Brazilian Society of Dermatological Surgery (SBCD).