Good news or bad news first? Ok, let’s do bad news.
Because we tend to be cyberchondriacs, we asked Dr. Nicole Rogers of Hair Restoration of the South if there was anything to worry about if our hair was falling out by the handfuls. Of course, the answer is, “It depends.”
Hair loss can happen up to three months “after childbirth, high fevers, general anesthesia, crash diets, or prolonged major illness” said Rogers. She also cited that for 40 to 50 percent of women, hair thinning is genetic. (Thanks, mom and dad!) If your life has been relatively chill or hair loss has continued beyond that 3-month period, “It is a good idea to see a physician,” advised Dr. Amy McMichaels, Professor and Chair of the Department of Dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
“A short term shedding that stops very quickly is not usually a problem, but a persistent hair loss can be a marker of a deeper problem, either with general health or of inflammation in the scalp that should be addressed. Anytime there are symptoms, such as pain, itch, or burning in the scalp, one should see a doctor for more evaluation,” added McMichaels.
But, good news: There are steps you can take to ward off (at least the appearance) of hair loss. Here are some of the best tricks we have found.
Cream of the Crop
This company invented some magic dots that create volume in your hair all day long. Worth a shot?
Full Thickening Cream
The Shampoo That’s Full of It
This stuff not only makes your hair look fuller, it also strengthens it to prevent breakage, and clears pores on the scalp to allow for further hair growth.
Bonus Tip: Since we are talking about shampoo we might as well tell you to stay away from dry shampoo if you've got thinning hair. The stuff absorbs grease but then just sits on your scalp, blocking pores and preventing hair from growing healthily.
Invati Exfoliating Shampoo
Comb Over That’s OK
We asked the good people at Sephora what the most popular item for hair thinning was and they said this brush. The brush is great for creating major volume, they said, and they were right!
Bump: Boar Teaser
The Mighty Bun Maker
Don’t have enough hair for a bun? Not a problem! If you can get your hair up in a ponytail, a full-looking chignon can be yours!
Donut Buns, Set of 3
Bobbing for Compliments
That being said, the tugging and pulling that occurs from getting your hair into a ponytail or bun is not doing your hair any favors. It’s time to let your hair down for a little bit. If you are really accustomed to wearing your hair up, try a looser ‘do using bobby pins.
Hot Tools 2" Bobby Pins
We worship this stuff. Spray some at the roots and your hair won’t just lay flat on your head. We haven’t seen so much volume since the 80s!
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
In a Crunch
Did someone mention 80s? Mousse has gotten a bad rap the past few decades but it really works wonders when it comes to adding bulk. The key is to apply it on wet hair.
Bumble & Bumble Thickening Full Form Mousse
While You Were Sleeping
Is your hair breaking in the middle of the night? Try silk and satin pillowcases -- they are more gentle on your hair.
Slip Silk Pillowcase
To really eliminate any friction between your locks and your pillow, invest in a night cap, hat, turban, or scarf.
Grace Eleyae Satin Lined Cap
Old-School Beauty Tip
Turns out grandma was onto something with those velcro rollers. Put these on still-wet hair and let hair dry. You’ll wind up with a bouncy, voluminous locks that will last two to three days. It’s a blowout with none of the damaging blowing.
Hot Tools Self Grip Rollers
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