How to Get Thicker Hair

by Viviscal Hair Expert on February 11th, 2020
how to get thicker hair

Originally published on December 7th, 2017

Why Is My Hair So Thin? 5 Possible Reasons

We know how frustrating and stressful it is to not have an explanation for why your hair is thinning. That’s why we want to offer you some possible reasons and solutions.

Below are five possible reasons why your hair is so thin and treatments for each.

    1. You are Over-Processing Your Hair


Frequent chemical treatments may be a reason why your hair is so thin. Bleaching, perming, or using relaxers damages the outer cuticle layer, making it impossible to hold onto moisture. It can leave you with stringy, gummy, thin hair strands that eventually fall out due to their weak structure. 

Thin Hair Strands Solution:

Depending on the damage, you may need to stop treatments entirely until the damaged hair grows out. Use hydrating products, reduce exposure to chemicals and heat, and allow your scalp time to regrow stronger hair. 

    2. You Are Not Managing Stress Well

Prolonged and unmanaged stress can cause many health issues, and thinning hair is one. Stress has been shown to damage stem cells, keep the follicle in an extended resting phase, and reduce hair growth. Telogen effluvium and alopecia areata are two types of hair loss associated with stress, and they can cause patchy balding spots on the scalp.

Thin Hair Strands Solution:

You will need to find methods to manage your stress and cortisol levels. Incorporating meditation, yoga, or low-intensity walks into your routine can help manage stress levels. The best way to reduce stress over time is by creating small, daily habits that you can do consistently.   

    3. You Have a Poor Diet

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Insufficient nutrition can lead to thinning hair strands. Nutrients like iron, zinc, vitamins, and amino acids help healthy hair growth, and deficiencies can lead to thin hair. A poor diet can look like a lack of variety in foods you eat or a severe calorie or food-group restriction.

Thin Hair Strands Solution:

Make sure you consume nutritional foods that support thick and healthy hair growth. If you have difficulty getting the necessary vitamins and minerals, take Viviscal Hair Growth Supplements to help nourish thin hair and promote existing hair growth.*

    4. You Wear Tight Hairstyles

Wearing tight hairstyles often could be a reason your hair is so thin. Traction alopecia can occur from wearing your hair in tight styles like ponytails, buns, or braids. The tight pulling can cause trauma on your scalp and create a thinning hairline.

Thin Hair Strands Solution:

Stop putting your hair in tight styles and give your hair a break. The less pulling on your scalp, the better. If you need to put your hair up, try looser styles and avoid rubber or elastic bands, as these can pull out your hair. Also, try to avoid wearing rollers or hairstyles while you sleep. If you have traction alopecia and need help with hairstyles, here is our guide on the best hairstyles for traction alopecia

    5. You Have an Underlying Medical Condition

You may have a hormonal imbalance or genetic condition contributing to thin hair. Alopecia areata is a disease that causes your immune system to attack your follicles and cause hair loss. Hormonal imbalances and changes like polycystic ovary syndrome, pregnancy, or labor can cause thin hair.  

Thin Hair Strands Solution:

It’s best to consult your doctor about treatments for health issues that cause thin hair. While there are ways to naturally help your hair grow thick and strong from the roots, your doctor may offer you a treatment plan specific to your medical condition.

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What do you do to make your hair roots stronger and thicker? Tell us in the comments!

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