Remedies for Thin Hair

There are many reasons for thin, limp hair. This is a guide about remedies for thin hair.
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December 11, 2016 Flag

This is a guide about adding volume to thin or fine hair. When hair is fine or thin you may find ways to style it or some hair products to make it look fuller.

A woman blowdrying her thin and fine brown hair.

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February 11, 2013 Flag

When one of my daughters was little, she had very wispy, very fine hair. A pharmacist recommended Biotin (back then - more than 20 years ago - they were tiny white pills. Now, they are huge!). I dosed her up and her hair improved. Now, as a 25 year old, she has beautiful long thick healthy hair.

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April 6, 2011 Flag

Being 77 year old, my hair is thinning. I can't afford Joan Rivers Cosmetic Hair Color to fill in the thinning area so I tried using my dry powder eyebrow color on my scalp, just like she does on her TV ad. It did a pretty good job of coverage. My hair is light brown almost dark blond.

By Shirley from Mesa, AZ

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August 11, 2013 Flag

I have fine, very straight hair. I would like to know which root lift products are best for giving it more lift and volume. I do use volume shampoos and they help.

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August 13, 20130 found this helpful

Add an ounce of liquid pectin to 8 ounces of shampoo and to conditioner. Wash and condition as usual. You will find liquid pectin with canning supplies. I find the powder pectin doesn't work. Lots of luck

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December 28, 20130 found this helpful

Styling gel such as my favorite; Paul Mitchell Tea Tree, applied to roots only will help. Blow dry against the growth. Usually bending over and partially drying your hair, then finish in the style you want.

The main thing is try to keep the styling product off the ends of your hair, as that weighs your hair down and you won't get the lift from the roots that you want.

Also, lift your hair with your fingers and spray the roots only, keeping the spray off the ends of your hair as it will weigh your hair down, and you won't get that lift.

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September 4, 2007 Flag

My mom's hair is really starting to fall out from chemotherapy. She doesn't want to get a wig(this climate's very hot and humid and wigs can be uncomfortable). Do those horse shampoos really make hair look thicker? They're kind of expensive and mom doesn't want to try until she knows. Or does anybody know of another solution? Any help would be appreciated.

Joan from Chesapeake, VA

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December 3, 20070 found this helpful

Tell your mom not to wash her hair every day. Take a spray bottle with water and let it set for a couple of days and use that on her hair and comb thru. I was taking a medicine that made my hair fall out and I do this and my hair grew back in in a year. Shampoo has chemicals in it that cause hair to dry out and can make it brittle. Washing your hair once a week is all the hair needs to be clean. If your mom lets the natural oils build up in the hair this should help stop the stress on the hair folicule. The medicine she is taking causes stress for your hair and then when you wash it with shampoo makes it worse. I wash my hair once a week and use the water in a spray bottle the rest of the weak use a brush that has wide set bristles as not to pull the hair. Also stay away from putting it in pony tail holders and a short cut will take the weight off the hair folicule and it won't be as noticeable the loss of hair. Also take a vitamin pill daily...To replenish minerals lost from being ill. Hope this helps. I will pray for your mother and hope she will get better. God bless.

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October 8, 20080 found this helpful

The best for losing hair is nioxim shampoo, it'll really work!

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November 4, 2013 Flag

My daughter is 8 years old and she has very fine, thin hair. It grows slowly and breaks, it does not grow long. Please give me advice. I sometimes think maybe it might be the shampoo that's too strong for her.

By Milla

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November 6, 20130 found this helpful

I would take her to see a dermatologist. She may have Alopecia Areata. This is what causes young people to go bald prematurely. Sadly it does affect some girls. I hope this helps. Here is what webmd.com says.

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November 6, 20130 found this helpful

Could be the shampoo...use a very mild children's shampoo. It could also be a lack of fiber in her diet. Hair and nails require fiber to grow strong.

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March 28, 2012 Flag

What can I use for my hair to make it thicker. I have tried everything I see that's a hair thickening product, but no results. I'm feeling so hopeless when it comes to my hair. Everything I try seems to me that I'm only wasting my money on hopeless capsules and treatments. Please help. My hair is so thin that you can even see my scalp. It's very embarrassing for me to go out when I'm looking like this. It breaks my heart. Please tell me what to mix or anything. Please, I'm very desperate. I have straight hair, but it's too thin.

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March 29, 20120 found this helpful

Take 5000 mg. biotin every day and always with a high potency B-complex. Also, please have your thyroid checked, as this is a common symptom of thyroid disease. I hope this helps.

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March 29, 20120 found this helpful

Use shampoo products with panthenol in it. I have very thick hair and made the mistake in buying a shampoo with panthenol in it my hair seem to have trippled, so I KNOW shampoos with panthenol works. It clings to your hair shaft. And as recommended don't wash your hair everyday.

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November 28, 2013 Flag

My hair is too thin. How do I thicken it?

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November 30, 20130 found this helpful

Purchase from vitamin outlets such as Holland & Barrett in UK (not sure of the US equivalent): Silica, or horsetail vitamin tablets.

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December 3, 20130 found this helpful

I do not believe you can "thicken" hair. You might try different shampoos & conditioners, to see if some of them might give your hair some body. Sometimes powerful medications can affect your hair, making less attractive than it was, or poor nutrition can also affect hair quality.

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August 1, 2000 Flag

Does anyone know of something that really works and is really good to plump up thinning hair in women?

By Sharon

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May 14, 20080 found this helpful

This photo was taken 2 yrs ago when I was 56 yrs old. It was at a time when Gliss shampoo and Gliss Conditioner for Coloured/Permed hair was still available.

My natural hair has always been fine. I naively believed at the time this pic was taken, that my hair had suddenly, miraculously become thicker, with swing, as each hair had suddenly gained girth!!! I was able to leave a towel on my hair whilst I applied my make-up, would then remove the towel to find my hair fell into shape and would only have to blow dry the bottom and sides of my hair into shape. The other added bonus was that because my hair was now so healthy, strong and thick that I could wear it long. I managed to grow it much longer than in the photo. (I would never have believed that any shampoo could give such amazing results). Then the black day dawned when I was no longer able to find my beloved shampoo. Gliss had discontinued it.

I have emailed Schwarzkopf many times asking them if any of their current shampoos have the unique ingredient that was used in the one for coloured/permed hair, but alas, have been ignored. I have found sites that supply the information about ingredients in currently available shampoos but I am still trying to find a list of those discontinued (hence my User name). Every shampoo I have tried since, (and that has been many £100's worth I might add!!) all claiming to 'volumise' have been bitterly disappointing. Unlike the prevailing conditioners that offer to deliver 'volume without weight', I, am looking for one that WILL deliver weight, to gain that 'swing' again to my hair. I can't imagine that I am the only woman who wants the swing back in her hair and also likes to wear her hair long.

I know this is a tall order folks, but if there is anyone out there who knows of a shampoo and conditioner that fits the bill, I would be eternally grateful. Better still, if there are women out there who would like to achieve what I did using the Gliss shampoo, maybe we could get together, petition Schwarzkopf to reinstate their miracle product!!!! Here's hoping, fingers crossed!!!

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May 14, 20080 found this helpful

I've recently had great results with Matrix Amplify spray-in volumizer. I haven't tried the shampoo & I don't ever use conditioner, but I just started using the volumizer and love it. It is pricey, though, unfortunately, but a small amount does a lot. Good luck, hope you try it & love it like I do.

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October 31, 2011 Flag

Does the use of horse shampoo such as Equiline cause greying of hair when used on humans? If it does what causes it? Is there a specific way to use horse shampoos for the treatment of thin and falling hair as when I used it it made my hair very hard?

By Z.E from Johannesburg, SA

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November 1, 20110 found this helpful

I agree with louel53. Don't use horse shampoo. Look at your family and friends to see who has the healthiest looking hair. Then, ask them what they use.

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November 1, 20110 found this helpful

Check out the chemicals. I used Orvus for me and my dogs and loved it. Then, seems i read something about carcinogens and had to discontinue. Lots of people use the Mane and tail. They find less harmful chemical than human shampoo. It nourishes hair. Check all chemicals in any product you use.

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August 19, 2005 Flag

I have thin, lifeless, hair with no body. I wear it short. Does anybody have any suggestions to give body to my hair?

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Judy Fom Texas

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August 29, 20050 found this helpful

Hey my name is summer. I am a model so my modeling agency makes sure i take good care of my hair. I used to have short lifeless hair just like you. It wasnt super short but it was ... medium short. What they told me to do was wash it with maximum strength shampoo and conditioner every other day. I used dove. It worked really good. Then after every shower i would blowdry my hair then spray on leave in conditioner and thickening spray. It left my hair looking shiny, soft, and full of life. So thats an idea for you. Thanks for listening. If you wanna ask me any questions you can email me at model_hottie2468 @ yahoo.com (remove spaces)

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August 30, 20050 found this helpful

Pour a small amount (however strong you can stand)of apple cider vinegar into a small jar (any leftover face cream jar will do) of water and keep in bathroom. After showering use qtip, dip frequently and massage your whole scalp with this mixture. Use continuously after every shower. Also helps with dandruff problem. The smell is quite strong so dilute solution until it' weaker or try putting it half hour or hour earlier and then wash it out. It just doesn't give you volume; it increases thickness of hair. My sister who's had thin hair her whole life started this 2 years ago. She first noticed that it gave her more volume but now 2 years later, when she wears her hair in a ponytail the thickness is the same as mine. Quite dramatic.

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December 16, 2014 Flag

I think I need a perm as my hair is very thin and fine. However is perming hair bad for falling hair? Will perming hair cause further loss? I need volume at the top to conceal my scalp. Wearing a wig is uncomfortable for hot weather conditions and it looks unreal.

By Tan BH

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How a wig looks will depend on the style. I never spend more than $50.00 on a wig and when I wear them I get lots of compliments from people I know thinking I have been to a beauty shop and had a complete new hair do, including color change, because my hair is dark brown and I have a couple different shades of red wigs and a couple different shades of blonde wigs. I am 74 and have very little grey in my natural color. As to an answer about perms, you will have to talk to a hair stylist that you are familiar with and that you trust.

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December 17, 2009 Flag

I once had thick shoulder length hair, but I have lost most of my hair and its thickness due to hair extension glue. I have been trying to grow it back, but no results. Please help.

By Sal

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December 19, 20090 found this helpful

I just saw a viewer question about shedding to much hair on Dr. Oz. He said to massage lavendar oil in to your scalp and this helps to stop the hair from falling out.

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December 20, 20090 found this helpful

I never know why women add that crap to their hair, My oldest daughter does this often and I have warm her so much about the damage she does to her hair.

Try washing your hair with hair conditioner only, and skip the shampoo for a couple of months, this will help with the breakage. I don't know of anything that will help with thinning hair. you might want to consult your doctor about that.

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April 16, 2014 Flag

My hair is too fine and thin. What can I do to make it thicker and strong?

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June 1, 2011 Flag

My question is to the person who mentioned that eating walnuts helps your hair, do you mean fresh, or packaged walnuts, does it make any difference? Thanks.

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April 6, 2011 Flag

Due to an allergic reaction, I have had some thin patches in my hair which are growing back in. In the meantime, I find that when I apply strong black coffee to the area, my scalp is tinted a light brown, which blends in with my hair and disguises the thin section! This is only temporary, but might help if you want to disguise thinning hair where the white scalp shows through the thin hair! Its working for me.

By pamphyila from L.A., CA

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October 7, 2010 Flag

I am a middle-aged woman. Does anyone have tricks to camophlage thinning hair on the top (crown) and front hairline? I know this can be a hereditary condition, but has anyone ever heard of it being caused by wearing a baseball cap a lot? In the summer I've been wearing a cap to ward off the sun and in the winter to keep warm, even in the house. It just got to where I would feel so cozy with the hat on, I just left it on. I have tried Toppik, a fiber-type substance you shake on the scalp and hair and it blends the scalp and hair. It works well, but can be messy. Making the hair itself look thicker is no problem.

There are shampoos and products to add volume that work really well. It's when you can see the scalp in such contrast to the hair. I was wondering about using a self-tanner on the scalp where the hair is thin. Do you think it could work? Any other tricks? My hair is brown - would blond hi-lights, especially in the thin areas, disract the eye and give the illusion of hair? Please help with your ideas or experience.

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Clevergirl from Westchester, NY

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Tips for Hiding Thinning Hair

I have heard that hats cause baldness in men and women, but I wonder if that's just a myth. I like Sauve Professionals Thick and Full shampoo and conditioner. I also spray my hair with hairspray before I style. It adds some volume. I wouldn't suggest self tanner unless you do it all over (at least what is visible when you are clothed). My hair is black so I add highlights of bright red and orange-blonde to detract from how thin it is. Maybe go to a salon to lighten or highlight your hair. Or try a beauty college to save cash. If your hair is already fine, perhaps weak, you don't want to risk it breaking off... Or check out local wig shops. You can get falls of hair that you attach with bobby pins or special glue. You might even consider having a weave put in. If nothing else, dress well, smile, and have confidence. That can go along way:) (06/01/2006)

By thriftyboo

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Hi Clevergirl,
I am a hairstylist as well as a salon owner and I will tell you what I know. Firstly, the hat thing. There has been some research that has shown that continuous wearing of ballcaps and such where the scalp becomes sweaty and the sweat is trapped and clogging the hair follicles to the point that it is killing the hairstrand within. So for guys that wear them day in and day out? It may be a "contributing factor".

As for trying to minimize the noticability of yours....you want to make the contrast between your scalp and your hair less. So yes, blonde hilites will help. I would maybe even go for a bit lighter brown all over if you are up for trying that and then blonde hilights in the thinner areas. Just be gentle with the hair don't want to damage the hair that you have.

Not sure if I would try the self tanner or not??? I would be worried about clogging up the hair follicles I guess.
(06/02/2006)

By Justanothercowgirl

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I think baldness or thinning hair is hereditary. I wouldn't color my hair if I were you. My sister colors her hair and keeps it permed and she is the only one in our family of four girls who has a bald spot. I would however, continue to wear some type of hat when I went outside to prevent skin cancer on the top of your head. I think the length of the hair is what is most important when it comes to covering up baldness. Shorter hair looks like more hair. Also, it can be blown dry to cover the places where there isn't much hair. I wouldn't worry to much about it, but rather learn to love the body you have. WE all have things about ourselves that we don't like.
Warm wishes, (06/02/2006)

By Carol in PA

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Have you tried the vitamin Biotin? First magazine had an article about it this year. I have been taking it for four months and my hairdresser has been commenting on how thick my hair is getting. (06/02/2006)

By Meg

Tips for Hiding Thinning Hair

Here are my tips (sorry if they duplicate any above):

Frequent shampooing if your hair tends to be oily (use baby shampoo if you are worried). Also, I don't use the blow dryer too often (except when going out). Instead I run my hands through my hair as it dries and then back brush it. I bend over and brush the hair forward. This makes the hair look fuller. A good haircut is very important. Keep your hair no longer than shoulder length, and your hair layered. A mild body wave (I have heard) can be very helpful.
Finally, good quality, well-matched hairpieces (the less hair on them the better ... as it will look more natural). Some have combs for attachment and then you can use bobby pins to secure them. Try Paula Young if budget is a problem. Ask them to mail you swatches before you buy so you can compare against your hair. Paula Young is online. I am not advertising them, but have used them successfully and am very happy with results. They even have specific pieces for crown and side coverage.

Good luck.

(06/04/2006)

By Anjeena

Tips for Hiding Thinning Hair

Hypothyroidism is a common cause of thinning hair in women. Do you also have any of the following symptoms: dry skin, feeling inappropriately cold, depression, high cholesterol, high or low blood pressure, joint pains?

Ask your doc to check TSH and Free T4 levels. If your TSH is over 3 with symptoms, you should be treated.

Visit About Thyroid for more info. http://thyroid.about.com/

Low ferritin (storage iron) is another cause of hair loss and many of the above symptoms. A serum ferritin test will identify anemia before it shows up on a CBC.

(06/04/2006)

By txthyroid

Tips for Hiding Thinning Hair

My sister, who had beautiful hair, wore wigs for about 20 years. It left her with several bald spots. Her hair has recovered after several years of ditching the wigs. Hair is alive and needs to breathe. The hat is not helping your condition.

Best of luck! (06/05/2006)

By Sheri darling

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I am a 3 time cancer survivor and all the chemo has left me with very thin hair. Being a hairdresser, I really don't like it much. Then I read the following about thin hair and attitude and I feel better!

There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs on her head. "Well," she said, "I think I'll braid my hair today." So she did and she had a wonderful day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had only two hairs on her head. "H-M-M, " she said, "I think I'll part my hair down the middle today." So she did and she had a grand day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that she had only one hair on her head. "Well," she said, "Today I'm going to wear my hair in a pony tail." So she did and she had a fun, fun day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn't a single hair on her head. "YEAH!" she exclaimed, "I don't have to fix my hair today!

Attitude is everything.

(06/06/2006)

By prism

Tips for Hiding Thinning Hair

I have always had thin hair and now it is getting thinner. I wear a simple brimed hat almost all the year during the day when I leave the home.. In the winter it is wool or cloth and in the summer it is a lightweight material. (The brim is great for keeping wrinkles to a minimum.) I decorate them with scarves, belts and jewelry.In the evenings when I go out I wear no design baseball hats. I pull my hair in a tiny ponytail at the back of my head, pull the pony tail out the hole and put a big bow type barrette on my hair above the ponytail at the hole in the back of the cap. I buy all these items at thrift stores . No one knows how little hair I have and I get lots of compliments on my hats. (06/08/2006)

By thrifty 50

Tips for Hiding Thinning Hair

I have been trying to camouflage thinning hair for years. When I was young my hair was extremely thick so when it started thinning, it was very difficult for me to except. I have a lot of medical problems and all doctors have told me that the thinning is caused by my conditions plus some of the meds that I have to take. I am also a cosmetologist which made it even more devastating. My hair is naturally dark blonde. I lightened my hair to a light beige blone and wore it that way for years, but as it got thinner, I just was not happy. My youngest daughter just got married on March 3rd and I was so upset with my hair that I consulted another cosmetologist and she said that I actually was wearing it too light. She went to a darker blonde and then highlighted it and that is looking much better. Also, the haircut is extremely important! You want it short....but not too short. I use a volume shampoo and then styling it, I blow it dry and then use called SUDZZ FX Lemonade Dreamzz Texture Creme and "crunch it" to give the illusion of thicker hair. I have to say, I was very happy with the results and was not embarrassed with my hair (or lack of hair) when attending the wedding. I received numerous compliments.

Please do not use a self tanner. It would only clog the hair follicles and make your problem worse. Hats and wigs are not a good idea either unless you get to the point where you are bald.

I would check with a doctor to see if you can pinpoint the problem. It could be a medical problem that needs attention.

I also like the story that was sent it previously about the girl with three hairs. Attitude is a big part of it. I am attaching a pic of me with all three of my daughters at the wedding so you can see my hair. And trust me, it is so thin that you could see my scalp no matter what. Good Luck. (03/20/2007)

By Lil

RE: Tips for Hiding Thinning Hair

Tips for Hiding Thinning Hair

I also have thinning hair.I found a product called Toppik that is a hair fiber that you shake on where the thinning places are. It really covers them up. It comes in different colors,which mine is light brown but I am really impressed with this product. You can find it at amazon, ebay or several other places I have seen it.It is a little expensive but I think it is well worth it. It stays on until you wash it out. Sure makes me feel better about myself. (08/17/2009)

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