what causes thinning hair

What Causes Thinning Hair, Remedies & More

Hair thinning affects millions of people worldwide as one of the most common confidence-related problems of the 21st century. By the age of 35, roughly 40% of men experience hair thinning, while approximately 30% of women around the age of 40 suffer from hair thinning. What exactly causes thinning hair for men and women?

44% of women in Singapore over the age of 25 reported hair thinning as their primary aesthetic concern. This number is not as alarming as the cases of men who experience hair thinning or hair loss.

men hair thinning problems

It is important to find the specific cause of your hair thinning problem in order to use the right treatment. If the issue is left untreated, it can rapidly escalate into serious hair loss or considerable bald spots in men.

An early assessment and treatment can more effectively combat the effects of hair thinning, before the hair volume-loss becomes noticeable.

What causes hair thinning?

Hair thinning can be caused by a wide range of factors, both singularly and cumulatively. Most commonly, the primary cause of hair thinning is hereditary. This condition surfaces with aging, and is called androgenic alopecia, which leads to bald spots or a receding hairline in men and thinning around the crown area of the scalp for women.

women hair thinning problems

Medications and supplements can also have the unwanted side effect of hair thinning, depending on how each individual’s body reacts to the drugs. Some side effects of certain medications may include hormonal imbalances and changes, which have been proven to worsen or cause hair loss.

Certain lifestyle habits can affect your hair both directly and indirectly, in terms of impairing its growth and causing thinning. Besides obvious health factors such as smoking, the most destructive lifestyle habits are related to the care and nourishment of the hair follicles and scalp.

Poor nutritional habits will prevent the scalp and hair follicles from getting the required vitamins and minerals for it to thrive, while external factors of improper haircare can weaken the follicles.

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Hair thinning does not always lead to inevitable hair loss when untreated, as in some cases, the causes are merely temporary. For the vast majority however, the causes tend to aggravate over time. Hair that is falling out constantly can eventually reach a point where bald spots and a receding hairline become visible.

Do hair thinning treatments work?

The obvious treatment resides in a hair transplant, which can directly replenish the lost hair volume, but many individuals prefer avoiding surgical interventions. Still, there are plenty of hair thinning treatments to consider and try, with promising results.

These non-surgical hair loss treatments rely on advanced technologies from all over the world to stimulate natural hair growth and boost cell regeneration, as high cell turnovers can also be among the causes of hair loss.

RF treatments

RF RegenULTRA Before and After
Image: Papilla Haircare

Radiofrequency (RF) treatment helps in accelerating blood circulation to the head by up to 50%, helping the oxygen and nutrients to reach the hair follicles more efficiently. This improves the general life conditions of the hair follicles, stimulating their natural growth.

This will not only improve the hair’s density, but also its thickness and immunity against certain damaging factors. Many clients who have tried RF for hair loss have reported zero side effects and an improvement in hair count of over 30% in just a few sessions.

Cell therapy

cell nutrition therapy for hair thinning

Cell therapy uses the combined benefits of stem cell therapy and platelet rich plasma, in a mixture specially created to improve the hair quality. The mixture is then injected into the scalp, triggering a reaction with the hair follicles, in order to repair them and promote their natural growth and strengthening processes.

As a bonus, cell nutrition therapy, like the one offered in top medically-backed hair loss centre Papilla Haircare, takes less than 60 minutes and is a popular non-invasive hair loss treatment for both male and female hair loss.

Mesotherapy (microneedling)

mesotherapy for hair loss

Mesotherapy is commonly used as a form of skin tightening and firming treatment, but the procedure has been adapted to efficiently treat hair thinning. The procedure uses intradermal micro injections to deliver a compound mixture of vitamins, medicine, plant extracts and other stimulants directly into the scalp.

The procedure is mostly pain-free, as the size of the needles generally do not cause significant discomfort. This procedure has also been clinically proven to provide visibly impressive results.

How much do hair thinning treatments cost?

The prices of these treatments can vary depending on the affected areas on the scalp, degree of hair thinning, and location of the clinic. Here is a table with the average costs of these procedures:

TreatmentAverage price
Mesotherapy$250 – $600
Cell therapy$3,000 – $10,000
Radiofrequency treatment$400+

Home remedies you can try to prevent hair thinning

Hair thinning that results from non-medical or external causes can be reversible with effective at-home treatments, if done right. The first thing to consider is actually finding out what exactly causes your hair thinning, as the issue needs to be addressed at its roots.

Getting the right nutrition

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Vitamin deficiency is one of the most popular causes of premature hair loss, as it is easy to overlook the importance of a vitamin-rich diet, by assuming that our regular eating habits will be enough. Sadly, in modern times we tend to consume less-nutritious foods more often, leading to an unhealthy deficit in vitamins such as vitamin A, B and C.

These are quite common in natural, healthy foods, while the much-needed Vitamin D can be obtained through exposure to natural sunlight.

Check your hair care products

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Using the right type of hair products can make the difference between thinning and strengthening. Styling items, such as waxes or pomades, can leave residual matter on the scalp, damaging its natural protective layer. To see if there are any changes to your hair fall, try to go without styling products for a while.

Notably, certain types of shampoo can rinse off the layer of sebum created by the scalp, essentially drying it out. To prevent this from happening, try using a dry-scalp or anti-hair-loss shampoo and monitor the differences.

Release tension with a massage

Lastly, consider getting scalp massages in order to stimulate blood circulation in the scalp, allowing more oxygen and nutrients to reach the hair follicles.

These at-home remedies are most effective when used simultaneously to increase the odds of reversing hair thinning. If no noticeable improvements are made, seek a professional’s help to find out what causes your hair thinning, and which treatments would be most effective in treating it.