Smooth hair doesn’t have to fall flat.
For those of us with fine hair, smoothening is a double-edged sword. Yes, it does help us keep frizz, a.k.a. public enemy no. 1, at bay, but a lot of the times, the payoff is substantially limper-looking hair—something us finer-haired types are not really willing to risk. This Catch 22 then becomes too much of a headache, so looking for keratin hair products for thinning hair just falls off our list of priorities.
But guess what? Turns out there’s a way we can actually have our cake and hairflip it too. Read on to learn about thinning hair and see exactly how you can care for it at home:
Thinning Hair: The Causes and How to Cope using Keratin Infused Products
What causes thinning hair?
Shedding is a normal part of life; no matter what hair type, length and texture you have you will experience hair shedding at some point. Everyone loses strands on a daily basis. A normal amount of hair loss is considered to be “approximately 50 to 150 hairs daily,” according to Unilever’s Peter Bailey, Global Technical Manager, Hair Care.
Shedding can be attributed to the hair growth cycle which revolves around four key stages. Anagen (the growing phase), catagen (the transition phase), telogen (the resting phase) and exogen (the shedding phase). After the shedding stage, the hair follicle goes back into the growing phase, completing the cycle. When the number of strands in the telogen phase increases and the number of hairs in the anagen stage decreases, this is what leads to thinner-looking hair.
Why is my hair thinning?
If you’re experiencing thinning hair, there are number of reasons why it may be happening. There’s no universal answer to why your hair might appear to be thinning. Below are three top reasons why people experience thinning hair:
1. Age & genetics
Both your age and genetics can determine how your hair cycle functions and, as such, can affect the anagen and exogen phases which will lead to hair loss. According to Peter, “It’s common that the anagen (growing) phase in your hair cycle will decrease in length over time, so the hair may become weaker and thinner after each cycle as you get older.”
“It’s common that the Anlagen (growing) phase in your hair cycle will decrease in length over time, so the hair may become weaker and thinner after each cycle as you get older.”
2. Hormonal changes
Our hormones are constantly changing, especially when you’ve gone through a major transformation such as a pregnancy or menopause. The change in hormones in your body after giving birth can lead to changes in your hair cycle but we recommend that you visit a medical professional for a clear diagnosis.
3. Hair damage
If your hair is shedding or breaking easily, you may want to look into your current hair care routine. How you towel-dry, brush, or style your locks can all make a difference to your overall hair health. So be gentle with your locks. After washing, blot hair softly with a micro-fiber towel to absorb moisture from your hair without damaging the strands.
Keratin Hair Products for Thinning Hair that Don’t Compromise Movement
One of the biggest caveats in using some keratin-infused products is that the same moisturizers that condition and smoothen hair can also weigh hair down. This makes it tricky for those with fine or thinning hair to experience the benefits of a keratin program, as they would rather not risk volume loss.
However, we’re happy campers out there at All Things Hair ever since the relaunch of TRESemmé’s hit Keratin Smooth collection with Marula oil. Non-greasy and chock-full of antioxidants, this “African beauty secret” smoothens and controls frizz without the greasiness, resulting in a seriously smoothened look that still moves.
For best results, I like to start with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo, and follow it up with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Conditioner. My newly retouched blonde hair also means that my strands are particularly #thirsty lately, so I also treat myself thrice a week with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Mask to help smoothen it back to its non-porous state.
Most days this is enough for me to get the (elevated) wash-and-wear look of my dreams, but for when I need a bit more polish—say, on date nights—I like to include a few drops of TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum into my blow-dry regimen, too; it just ties my whole look together, giving it a shine I thought I’d long since lost ever since I started coloring my hair. If you’re in a similar boat, where you want keratin hair products for thinning hair but are deathly afraid of deflating your entire ’do, I suggest looking into products with a lightweight oil to help give you that salon sleekness but without the weigh-down. Good luck!