6 Surprising Ways to Hide and Disguise Thinning Hair, Part 2
Welcome back to part two of our short blog series. In our recent post, the scalp and hair care professionals at Active Care began sharing several helpful tips for hiding the appearance of thinning hair. In today’s post, we’ll pick up where left off last time, but in case you missed part one, here are the helpful hints we offered:
- Try using cool styling methods like velcro rollers to prevent damage and promote volume.
- Lighten up dark hair with lighter tones and colors that can disguise hair thinning.
- Go for a shorter cut to give your hair volume with layers.
- For longer hair, layer your locks for volume, bounce, and healthier-looking hair.
- Blowout your hair using the cool and medium heat settings on your blow dryer and enhance volume with a boar bristle round brush.
- Heal your hair from root to tip with a nourishing scalp care treatment.
Six More Surprising Ways to Disguise Thinning Hair
Thinning hair is a common issue shared by men and women of all ages. Whether you are experiencing hair thinning or the early stages of hair loss due to age, genetics, a health condition like alopecia, diet, damaging hair styling practices, or simply from using the wrong type of hair care products for your hair type, you can disguise patches where hair is thin or non-existent by following these five types.
Use Hair Extensions
Hair extensions are a godsend. Whether you want to volumize your hair for a special occasion or on the reg, investing in good hair extensions can temporarily solve your hair thinning woes. Hair extensions, in general, have come a long way since their inception. Today, there are many options to choose from. From traditional clip-in hair extensions to hair toppers and wiglets, each type is designed to deliver instant volume and length.
Hint: Visit a quality salon supply store to find a good selection of hair extensions made from quality fibers and real hair. If you color your hair regularly, invest in hair pieces that are color-friendly. Here are some options for you to consider:
- Hair Extensions - This type is ideal for creating custom volume in the hair all over your head. Generally, a hair extension kit comes with a clip for each side of your head, and three-to-four additional clips that are larger to volumize areas at the back of the head.
- Hair Topper - A hair topper is an ideal solution for thinning issues at the top of the scalp. Hair toppers can conceal sparse spots while adding volume to problem areas.
- Wiglet - Wiglets are essentially mini-wigs that provide more coverage for areas where thinning hair is prevalent. For instance, if you suffer from conditions like alopecia that typically cause hair thinning or hair loss on the top of your head, a wiglet can conceal these issues while creating a fuller of head hair with your natural hair.
Embrace the Gray
Sometimes, gray hair can be a blessing in disguise — especially when you have thinning hair. For those of you who have darker hair colors, the contrast of dark hair with an exposed scalp can enhance the visibility of your hair thinning problems. If you have grey hair coming in, however, this can be a natural way for you to conceal your partial hair loss without much effort.
Hint: Visit your stylist to determine which grey tones you have naturally, and which can be accentuated with semi- or demi-permanent hair color (less damaging for your hair and scalp). Even embracing the grays at the root and creating a transitional color with your natural hair color using balayage techniques or the ombre technique will reduce the appearance of hair thinning just about anywhere on your head.
Choose Your Shampoo Wisely
Using shampoo is an often risky game of chance. Many high-quality shampoos like the ones featured in our Active Care Pro|Gen lines are formulated from plant extracts and other natural ingredients that can replenish your scalp and hair follicles with nutrients and hydration. On the other hand, there are many shampoos that actually do more harm than good, especially when they are the wrong formula for your scalp and hair type.
Some shampoo formulas contain harmful ingredients that are marketed with promising results. Shampoos packed with harmful ingredients like sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrances, sodium chloride, polyethylene glycol, and others can strip your scalp and hair of its natural oils, dry out your hair, and even damage the hair strands. These types of shampoos can contribute to hair issues like hair thinning and hair loss while making your hair look and feel unhealthy overall.
Hint: Do your research. Find a shampoo line made from plant-based ingredients. Then, determine which formula best matches your specific hair and scalp complaints. If hair thinning is your concern, you will want to use products for thinning hair ranging from shampoo and conditioner to serums and more. If you need help choosing a high-quality shampoo, talk to your stylist or contact our team of hair care experts.
Nourish Your Scalp With a Healthy Diet
A healthy scalp and thick hair starts from within. If you are not fueling the systems in your body that regulate and promote healthy cell and tissue growth, you do not have the tools you need to grow full, thick hair. Eating a healthy diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants can promote healthier looking hair, which can help you conceal areas where the hair is thinning. What’s more, nourishing your scalp with a nutritious diet can encourage hair growth in conjunction with a scalp care treatment and hair thinning treatment regimen.
Hint: Eat foods that promote hair growth. Eating foods that are rich in protein and other goodies can help encourage healthy cell and tissue production. Here are some foods to add to your diet to help prevent hair thinning and hair loss:
- Sweet Potatoes
- Fatty Fish
Take Steps to Prevent Hair Loss
Another way to conceal thinning hair is by preventing partial hair loss, to begin with. Here are some helpful hints to follow:
- Familiarize yourself with your family history and genetic traits to prevent hair loss early on.
- Find ways to manage stress to prevent stress-related hair loss.
- Limit the use of chemicals on your hair.
- If you are prone to thin hair or hair loss, try to limit how often you wear hats.
- Invest in quality styling tools that promote healthy hair, not damage your hair.
- Focus on your scalp health to encourage healthy hair growth.
- Avoid using high heat when styling your hair.
- Gently comb and brush your hair when wet or dry.
- Use essential oils and oil masques (coconut oil, olive oil, etc.) to nourish your scalp and hair.
- Get a scalp analysis.
- Use only high-quality hair care products.
Activate Your Hair
Adding volume to your hair can help reduce the appearance of thinning hair. At Active Care, we offer several products infused with plant extracts that are designed to naturally rejuvenate your scalp and hair. The Pro|Gen Active Care Hair Volumizing line is specially formulated to tackle hair thinning issues by nourishing the scalp and hair with energizing elements, restore moisture, and give the hair that added oomph that makes your locks look full, shiny, and soft.
Be sure to check out our line of supplements specially formulated to stimulate the health of your scalp and hair.