Your hair is thinning. That’s not a jibe or a threat, but an absolute fact of life. It’s true that some men will go balder (and sooner) compared with others, but once the harsh realities of adulthood kick in, your once-luscious locks are only going one way: thinner.
It’s all thanks to a little thing called DHT (otherwise known as dihydrotestosterone), a male sex steroid which is converted from testosterone and causes hair follicles to miniaturise, contributing to male pattern baldness. By the age of 50, 85 per cent of men will have experienced considerable thinning, according to the American Hair Loss Association.
But are there ways to fight against the thinning and make your hair thicker? Well, yes, with a few qualifications. This is what the experts have to say.
How To Thicken Your Hair
Whatever your hair type, a proper consultation with a trichologist or dermatologist is crucial. And though the solution is never as simple as grabbing a bottle of something from the supermarket shelf and splashing it on your head for an instant afro, there are a range of treatments available.
“There isn’t one product that works reliably for all, unfortunately,” says Steve O’Brien from the London Centre of Trichology. “We use a lot of natural stimulation-based treatments. This involves applying topical lotions onto the scalp and letting them dry in. They stimulate growth by attracting more blood flow to the scalp and therefore stimulating the root.”
First, Don’t Groom Yourself Bald
Keeping a stylish head of hair can take a fair share of grooming and upkeep, but some of those techniques could be hurting your locks in the long run. “Treatments to avoid would include coloring the hair, blow drying at a high heat or close range, relaxing or straightening the hair, and hair extensions,” says O’Brien. “All of these can contribute to thinning the hair.”