How to Tackle Troublesome Thinning Hair

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I’ve never been one to have long, thick flowing locks of hair. I’ve never even been a wash-and-go kind of gal. In fact, I’ve struggled for years with what I’ve been told is a lot of thin hair that alternates between straight and curly. Plus, I have this feeling that the older I get the thinner and more unruly it will be. Hair thinning is not uncommon. Up to 42% of women will notice some hair loss in her lifetime. (Source:  2014 Gallup). Which is why I was happy to get the chance to interview celebrity stylist and Women’s ROGAINE® Brand Ambassador, Jill Crosby so I could understand how to tackle this issue as soon as possible.

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[Me]: How can you tell if your hair is thinning or going to thin? Is it something you can tell by looking at your parents’ hair? 

[Jill]: The average amount of hair loss in a day is anywhere from 50 to 100 hairs a day. More than that is considered above average and could mean thinning hair. Your parents hair loss can be a telling sign, especially for hereditary hair loss– but not always. Keeping track of our loss is important and identifying the type of loss you are experiencing and working with professionals to develop a treatment plan you begin early is key.

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I don’t know, you guys. Maybe I should have started as early as possible? 

My current beauty routine involves using a cleansing conditioner on my hair in the shower each morning and then adding a curl cream and an oil before blow drying it with a diffuser. I alternate between wanting to chop off all my hair and just letting it grow out.

[Me]: Which is better for thinning hair: keeping it long and wearing it up or cutting it short? What difference does it make if you have curly hair?

[Jill]: Every women has different styling needs because each woman has not only different amounts of thinning, but different textures and qualities to their own hair. Some may look better short while others longer, work with stylist to help determine what will look right for you.

Okay, but what about color? As you may recall, I’ve dyed my hair red in the past. I also had what I refer to as the “blond incident” in college. Not a huge fan of blonde on myself.

[Me]: If you do have thin hair, which colors are better? I’ve heard that highlights can help hide thin hair but as a brunette I don’t want to necessarily have to become a blonde!

[Jill]: I have had my journey with thinning hair. I am a blonde and yes, you have heard correct that color can hide the issue of thinning hair, but no …you don’t need to be a blonde to do this. The point of using color as a camouflage is to stay in close range of your skin tone and your natural color palette. For example, if you are very light skin and you have thinning hair and you choose to color your hair very dark there will be a huge contrast and typically you’ll be able to see the light pass right through your hair, straight to the scalp. Keeping away from extreme contrast is the point.

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Yeah, that might have been too many highlights….

So, even though I’m only 36 it’s pretty clear that I’ve struggled with my hair my whole life. Among women who experience hair thinning, 76% of women start to notice after the age of 30.  (Source:  2014 Gallup) What, if anything, can I do now?

[Me]: What, if any, lifestyle changes can women make to arrest hair loss?

[Jill]: Take an inventory of what is working and not working in your life, do the best you can to change the obvious contributors which could be contributing to the deterioration to your wellbeing. From there, some of it may have nothing to do with what you are doing and could be a result of heredity—hereditary hair loss is real and it can be passed down from your mother or father’s side of the family. If this is the case, starting a treatment program with Women’s ROGAINE® foam as soon as possible will be the best course of action you can take.

Thanks, jill! I’ll keep that in mind. In fact, adding Women’s ROGAINE® to my nighttime routine might be something I start in the near future since for best results, Rogaine should be used at the first sign of thinning or hair loss (vs. last resort), as part of a proactive anti-aging regimen. It’s simple since you don’t have to do anything other than squirt some on your scalp and let it dry and it’s compatible with hair color and other styling products.  I can totally add it before I wash my face and brush my teeth and read play Criminal Case in bed.

What about you? Do you think you’ll struggle with thinning hair? Are you already? Do you think you’d ever try Women’s ROGAINE®? If you do, you can find a coupon here. Why not try it? What do you have to lose? Hopefully less hair!

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

3 replies on “How to Tackle Troublesome Thinning Hair

  1. Judy

    How interesting that you got to chat with a Rogaine Professional. Like you, I have always struggled with thin hair although I’ve been told I have thick strands, just not very many. And I don’t feel I am loosing any hair so the term “hair loss” doesn’t really apply to me. I experimented with the Rogaine brand some 30 years ago and when my style was super short, I did feel it had more body using the product. However, my current hairdresser has given me another brand of hair loss treatment to try and I find it to be extremely drying to my 62 year-old locks. I admire your journey and encourage you to keep trying. There are SO many products on the market currently it is mind boggling but I’ll bet there is one out there for you. BTW – I think your hair always looks fabulous. Your natural brown color is amazing! Enjoy it until the gray starts to creep in 🙂

  2. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    I’ve definitely had moments where I’ve panicked about hair loss. I’ve noticed I especially start to lose more hair than usual when I’m stressed, which starts a nasty cycle of stressing about my stress level haha. This is really interesting, though – I didn’t know so many women dealt with hair loss.

  3. Emily @ Out and About

    I LOVE the collage of your pictures as a child! You are adorable!

    My mom has talked at length about how she used to have very thick hair, but it has gotten progressively thinner over the years. Likewise, I’m noticing thinning trends for me, too. When I was younger and wanted to wear my hair in a ponytail, I used to be unable to fit all of my hair into one of those standard-sized clips. Now I can. Plus, every time I wash my hair, I feel like there’s a big clump of hair that ends up in the shower drain. These things all make me very sad. =(

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