How To Take Care Of Thin Hair

Everyone’s hair is different, and some people naturally have less hair than others.

Whilst thick and voluminous hair may seem attractive to some, many people also appreciate the benefits of having thin hair. Indeed, thin hair is often quicker to wash, dry, and style than thick hair and can look stunning.

As with any hair type, to keep thin hair healthy and looking its best, it is important to know how to care for it.

Illustration of hair thickness

Thin or fine hair?

Fine hair may sometimes be confused with thin hair, however, the two are quite different. If you have fine hair, then the strands of your hair are very thin in diameter. Thin hair does not refer to the diameter of your hair, it refers to how many strands you have. One test to see if you have fine hair is to take a single strand and roll it between your fingers; if you cannot feel the strand then your hair is fine. Of course, it is possible to have both thin and fine hair.

What are the causes of thin hair?

Having thin hair can be perfectly natural, or it can be caused by a person’s lifestyle or health.

If you’ve always had thick hair and find that it suddenly begins thinning, particularly if it happens all at once, then there may be an underlying cause.

Some possible causes of thin hair include:

  • Genetics – some people genetically have thinner hair than others, which is perfectly natural and nothing to worry about.
  • Age – As some people get older their hair may begin to naturally thin a little, if it doesn’t happen very suddenly, this is likely to be a perfectly natural part of ageing.
  • Health conditions – Many different health conditions can cause your hair to thin, some of the most common culprits include skin disorder or infections, thyroid problems or autoimmune conditions.
  • Lifestyle – Your habits and lifestyle can play a big part in the health of your hair. Some common lifestyle factors that can cause thin hair include:
    • Stress – Some people may find that when they are under a prolonged period of stress their hair thins.
    • Diet – If you’re not getting all the vitamins and nutrients that a healthy and balanced diet offers then your hair may become thinner. Iron and folic acid are particularly important for healthy hair.
    • Over-styling – The more you mess with your hair, the more damaged it can become and the more hair loss you may experience. Over-styling or treating your hair with heat treatments, colour treatments, perms, and relaxers can all increase hair loss and thinning.
    • Having a baby – Many women experience post-partum hair loss during the year after pregnancy which can cause hair to fall out and become thinner.

What products should you use?

If you do have thin hair, then one of the most important things you can do to protect your hair from becoming thinner is to treat it gently, using natural and nourishing hair products and avoiding products that contain harsh or synthetic ingredients.

Organic and natural hair care products are gentle and nourishing, they are also usually vegan, cruelty-free, and produced using ethical and sustainable ingredients and processes.

Woman with long, healthy beautiful hair

What products should you avoid?

Many of the big-name hair products that you find in high street shops and supermarkets contain harsh synthetic ingredients that can dry out and damage your hair, leaving it prone to tangles and breakage, two problems that can leave thin hair looking even thinner.

A lot of these products also contain silicones. Silicone coats the strands of hair, which can keep it looking shiny in the short term, but as the layers of silicone build up it can weigh down thin hair, leaving it looking dull and flat.

What hair care routine should you follow?

Perfecting your hair care routine can help to keep thin hair looking at its best.

Our top three tips for healthy and shiny thin hair are:

  • Look after your scalp health
  • Use natural hair care products
  • Follow a gentle hair care routine

Although we can’t offer one definitive haircare routine suitable for everyone with thin hair, we’ve come up with a gentle routine that can be adapted according to your lifestyle and personal hair requirements.

Every 2-3 days: Wash your hair

People with thin hair often find that their hair gets greasier faster than those with thick hair. However, it can be beneficial to avoid washing thin hair too often as washing and styling can increase the rate that hair falls out.

When washing your hair:

  • Use natural hair care products.
  • Avoid brushing your hair until it is almost dry.
  • Avoid using heat to dry and style your hair.

Once every two weeks: Apply a natural, intensive treatment

Intensive, deep conditioning treatments are great for keeping your scalp and hair in tip-top condition. Deep conditioners penetrate the skin and scalp to provide intensive nourishment and hydration.

You can either buy a ready-made intensive conditioner for fine hair from a trusted natural and eco-friendly brand or make your own inexpensive treatment at home.

Some popular, natural hair treatments and masks that you can make at home include:

  • Egg mask
  • Hot olive oil treatment
  • Aloe Vera treatment

Every 6-8 weeks: have your hair trimmed

Having your hair cut every 6-8 weeks helps to banish damaged and split ends. If your hair is quite thin, keeping on top of your trims can also help to make it appear thicker.

Can you make hair thicker?

Whether you can thicken your hair really depends on the reason you have thin hair and your current hair care routine.

Tips to encourage thicker hair include:

  • Stop colouring your hair or treating it with chemicals
  • Stop using heat to dry and style your hair where possible
  • Switch to all-natural hair care products
  • Have your hair trimmed every 6-8 weeks
  • Look after your scalp
  • Address any health problems
  • Eat a healthy and balanced diet
  • Use a microfibre towel and sleep on a satin pillow

If you’re looking after your hair, and it looks and feels healthy, then we say embrace thin hair and all of the benefits that it has to offer.


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