Post # 16
Chin length looks fantastic on you. Layering as PP suggested would give it lovely movement. I would swear by root lifting mousse, dry shampoo and a texturizing product. Don’t vigorously dry brush your hair to “stimulate growth” if you have a lot of shed/fallout. An alternative to Nioxin if your hair has gradually decreased in thickness over the past 5-8 years would be something with ketoconazole — these are typically marketed under dandruff shampoos and antifungal treatments, but work well with hormone-related (androgen) female hair shedding conditions. For that product, you would want to shower regularly and use the shampoo similar to a scalp treatment (let it sit). Dry shampoo and prolonged periods between washes can trigger additional (hormonal) hair loss.
Also, try the Nioxin — in generic or other branded formulas. It is unreasonable to expect someone to pay $40 for a bottle of shampoo and that is what Nioxin asks you to do. Big box stores have their own brands of this product now, marketed typically to men, but far cheaper than the salon Nioxin. The generic medicinal component is Minoxidil. Men and women use it alike, so ignore any comment about “male” or “masculine” looking bottles and buy the product anyway.
I’ve heard people anecdotally have success with Biotin (an OTC vitamin), but that often triggers cystic acne or breakouts in women so it isn’t worth it.
I swear by root lifting mousse, a diffuser, a touch of texturizing wax and very, very regular hair trim appointments for well blended layers. You’re a doll and shorter hair really flatters you.
Post # 17
lifeisbeeutiful : yes! I have had overly layered cuts before and have experienced the super thin ends. Won’t do that again! i also had longer side bangs for a long time. I really liked them but decided to grow them out a few years ago. Another problem I have is that my scalp is somewhat dry/flaky the day I shampoo it, but it also gets oily fairly quickly, so by day 2 I have to wear it up and sometimes use a dry shampoo.
indigobee : I have always thought stress might be a factor in my thinning, as well as hormonal birth control. I also have a really hard time going more than 2 days without washing because my hair gets oily so fast
Post # 18
notmeeither : i actually use Nioxin probably once a week. I don’t love the way it makes my hair feel, though. I alternate between a volumizing shampoo and Nioxin, but my hair feels so much better on days that I wash with volumizing shampoo.
I used to take biotin, and never had any issues. I’ve been thinking I need to get back on it.
Do you have brand suggestions for a texturizing product and a mousse?
I do think it’s time for a trip to a decent salon. Thank you so much!
Post # 19
I can almost guarantee you this is where your problem lies! You would be amazed at how thick my hair is and equally amazed how much of it I was losing during a particularly stressful time in my life.
Try to minimise and deal with stress where you can, and schedule regular relaxation time. I promise it will make a bg difference.
Washing your hair every day is so bad for it and will definitely be contributing to the problem! Your hair is getting oily because you wash it so often and it will start to produce less oil if you wash it less frequently. In the beginning, put it up or even wear it in a sleek, pretty upstyle where the oil won’t be noticed, like a bun or type of braid. You’ll notice such a difference in your hair after a few weeks or months.
And biotin and vitamin and protein supplements are great for your hair.
Post # 20
I really like your hair in the last picture!! That’s a pretty length on you! I usually like long hair but I think that cut really suits you well(:
Post # 21
You should really try to stop washing it as often. It’s getting oily so fast because it’s expecting to be washed. If you’re able to space it out more, your scalp will adapt.
I find washing with conditioner and giving myself a good scalp massage with the tips of my fingers basically eliminates the need to shampoo at all.
Post # 22
I would do a lob (long bob) with a blunt cut and straighten it or curl it once in a while if you plan on wearing it down (use a good heat protectant spray). It’s amazing what a difference straightening can do and with thin, basically straight hair should only take 5-10 minutes max. I wash my hair every 4 days ish and if I straighten it right at the start, I usually do not have to do it again till my next wash if I have just been wearing it down the whole time which is nice. It will make it look a lot more professional 🙂
Post # 23
I would also recommend that instead of washing it every other day get a dry shampoo (I like batiste) which will add volume and over time your hair will begin to produce less oils from the washing less, even if it’s just an extra day. I personally would not do layers with your hair texture unless you wanted to style it every day 🙂
Post # 24
One word: Klorane.
It’s a dry shampoo. No, it’s magic fairy dust.
Post # 25
You would look cute with a pixie cut. Bonus is you always look chic without really trying. The hard part is finding a stylist who actually knows how to cut a cute one.
Post # 26
- Wedding: August 2012 - Iowa
I have thin hair also, and this is the style I’m going for…
Of course my stylist totally botched it and did a ton of layers in the back and I HATE it… So this swould be a blunt-cut A-Line bob with NO layers, or long layers. I don’t know what my stylist was thinking last time!
Color can help for making hair look thicker, and a balayage like this is easy to upkeep.
I do blow dry and straighten or curl my hair daily, which helps with body. 2nd-day hair is awful for me, sticks up in all the wrong places. 🙂
I do love the crop cut in your last picture!
Post # 27
mcoutinho : Try a layered long bob. My friend owns a salon and has done my hair for years. After my wedding I did a big chop, and she suggested that cut for a low maitenence cut!