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Thin Hair vs. Fine Hair: What's the Difference?


One of the biggest misconceptions about hair is that thin hair and fine hair are interchangeable. In fact, it's common to actually have fine hair with no thinning whatsoever! And conversely, its common to have thick hair that's thinning too!



WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FINE HAIR AND THINNING HAIR?


While most people think thin and fine hair are the same, they’re actually two very different things. Fine hair means your hair’s individual strands are smaller in diameter (compared to say coarse hair that has a thicker diameter) while thin hair is about the amount of strands you have. Putting it another way, thin hair means you have less hair follicles which is why people with thinner hair often have more visible bits of their scalp.



SO WHAT CAUSES THINNING HAIR VS. FINE HAIR?


Fine hair is genetic so there isn’t necessarily a ‘cause’ as such. It’s the equivalent of some people having curly hair and some people having straight hair.


Thinning hair is sadly a bit more complicated and can come down to a number of things from hereditary issues, stress and trauma, diet plays a huge factor in our hair, some medicines can affect our hair, and the environment can also come into it too.



IS THERE ANYTHING YOU CAN DO TO TREAT THINNING HAIR?


When someone is experiencing hair thinning the first thing you should do is see your G.P. to ensure there isn’t any underlying health condition. Our hair is a great indicator for our bodies overall health, so if there is a sudden change to our hair it’s absolutely worth getting it checked out. Additionally, your G.P. can also refer you to a Trichologist (Specialist Hair Doctor) or Dermatologist where necessary. Once you’ve ruled out any serious issues, there are a number of great products you can use to manage and even in some cases reverse your thinning hair. If your after a natural product (with some great scientific evidence behind it) you might want to look at Our Hair Growth Elixir which contains key ingredients scientifically shown to increase overall hair density!


LIKEWISE, CAN YOU TREAT OR IMPROVE FINE HAIR?


As fine hair isn’t technically a problem you can’t ‘treat’ it but what you can do is use products that can volumize your hair and give the illusion of thicker locks. They work by lifting your hair away from the scalp, creating the appearance of more hair volume - and you can also spritz a little hair spray at root level to hold that volume longer. Another trick is to use a little dry shampoo at the roots as this can help create more texture for your hair bind to, again creating the illusion of more volume. One other thing you do want to look at is the health of your scalp, if you have overly oily locks in particular, this will weigh down your hair and give it that thin, lifeless look that fine hair is often associated with. If this sounds like your hair then it’s definitely worth looking into a Scalp Scrub as these, when used regularly, can rebalance your scalp and reduce the amount of sebum being produced, thus resulting in less oily locks which will automatically make your hair look thicker and fuller. A great Scalp Scrub is Our Purifying Scalp Scrub, containing Himalayan Pink Salt and Apple Cider Vinegar which actually rebalances your scalps pH to healthy levels!


DO LIFESTYLE FACTORS AFFECT OR IMPROVE BOTH CONDITIONS?


Absolutely!! And we’re so pleased you asked this because it’s literally the forgotten factor in hair care. What you eat, how you feel, and even how you style your hair can affect the health of your hair. As your hair grows from the root, it absorbs vitamins and nutrients but your body prioritises these in terms of need, at times of high stress your hair will receive a lot less of these key nutrients as your body will send these to higher priority parts of your body (like your heart). If you’re eating a nutritionally poor diet, then there won’t be any spare goodness to reach your hair and it’ll suffer as a result. The best thing you can do for your hair to keep it healthy is have a balanced diet, rich in protein as this makes up 91% of your hairs structure.


Additionally, you want to support your hair by not over-washing (wash every other day at the absolute most if you can), giving regular conditioning treatments, and avoid regularly styling your hair in a high ponytail or any hairstyle that tightly pulls your hair as this can lead to Traction Alopecia.


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