How Keratin Treatments Affect Thinning Hair

Smooth hair doesn't have to fall flat.

For those of us with fine hair, smoothing products are a double-edged sword. Yes, they do 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 fine-haired types are not really willing to risk. This Catch 22 then becomes too much of a headache, so looking for keratin treatment for thin hair just falls off our list of priorities.

But guess what? Turns out there’s a way we can actually have our cake and hair flip it too. Read on to learn about keratin treatment for thin hair and see exactly how you can care for your hair type at home:

For best results, wash with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner. This duo is great for controlling frizz without weighing down hair, as it’s formulated with hydrating Moroccan Oil.

If your strands are particularly #thirsty, treat yourself with Suave Almond + Shea Butter Moisture Mask to help smooth it back to its non-porous state.

For when you need a bit more polish—say, on date nights—include a few drops of TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum into your blow-dry regimen, too. Look into products with a lightweight oil to help give you that salon sleekness without harming thinning hair.

So, 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.

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The right hair products can help give your thinning hair a fuller appearance.

If you’re experiencing thinning hair, there are a 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:

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.”

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.

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Damaged hair can cause thin hair.

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.