If your locks are lacking in the volume department don’t stress – you have options. Here, we bring you some top tips when your tresses need boosting.
Maybe you were one of those babies who were just born with a full head of hair and have been rocking a luscious mane ever since. Or maybe you’ve always had baby-fine hair, but there was still a lot of it.
Whatever the tresses you were gifted with thanks to genetics, those same genes coupled with environmental factors can cause hair to thin and fall over time. From hormones to hard water, to the effects of dandruff or product build-up, and even diet and stress – all can combine to strip hair of its vitality, causing hair-loss and thinning.
And while it’s a topic that cosmetic consumer-culture most commonly (and inaccurately!) attributes to men, the reality is that more women are affected by some degree of thinning or hair-loss than we realize. This also includes certain autoimmune conditions such as alopecia which can cause spot baldness or complete and total hair-loss.
That being said, if you’re suffering from unexplained hair-loss, always consult your doctor or healthcare professional. And in the meantime, here are some self-care tips for your scalp that you can ease into.
Heat damage can lead to broken strands and unwanted hair-fall. So, if your hair is already fine to begin with or prone to split-ends and breakage – nix the high heat settings on your flat-iron or blow-dryer and, instead, let your hair air-dry as much as possible before blowing it out. This way your strands aren’t exposed to as much prolonged direct heat and you don’t run the risk of over-drying. Also, your tresses will feel much softer for it.
It’s an adage that never goes out of style – because it’s true. If you’re following a diet rich in sugar and simple carbohydrates, its effects on your hair can be just as sinister as those it’s having on the rest of your body. Instead, try to start incorporating more Vitamin B, selenium, zinc and copper-rich foods into your diet, such as dark leafy greens, legumes, mushrooms, shellfish and whole grains, and see if your strands don’t strengthen over time. Or, try adding a pinch of cayenne pepper, chili powder, or cinnamon to your dishes as these circulation-boosting spices can help improve blood-flow to your hair follicles and encourage growth.
Over time, chronic dandruff can cause hair to fall and become thin. So, keeping your scalp healthy with ensure you (and your hair) stay happy. Regular scalp massage can boost circulation and encourage the release of your hair’s natural oils which can help alleviate dry skin on your scalp which causes dandruff.
Product we love: Oribe Serene Scalp Soothing Leave-On Treatment (RO18.4). It’s aloe, chamomile, and peppermint extracts help soothe your scalp, while it’s exfoliating compounds help release dead-skin build-up. Plus, it’s got a hint of blood-boosting caffeine to wake up your follicles. Buy it online at
Actually, this isn’t so much of a hack as it is a worthwhile piece of advice for those with thin hair or hair-fall. Throw away your hairbrush and considering combing instead of brushing. Using round or thick-bristled paddle brushes can tear your strands more easily, thus causing them to fall out – especially when detangling your hair straight out of the shower. Instead, opt for a wide-tooth comb that allows you to gently separate strands and always start detangling from the ends of your hair first, working your way up to the roots.
Product we love: Ouidad Double Detangler Comb (RO9.9). This essential post-shower tool has a double row of teeth so no strand gets left behind – and neither do any tangles.