Washing Thinning Hair – What Method Should You Use? How Often Should You Do it?
When your hair is thinning or shedding, the simple act of washing or shampooing your hair can be a traumatic event. That’s because as soon as you attempt to wash it, a lot of hair will typically come out. This can cause a sense of panic when you feel as though you can not afford to lose anymore of what is already thinning hair.
People often ask me if they should wash their thinning hair less. They figure if they skip a few shampoos, this will save them some hair. I understand this thinking and I even tried this method, but in the end, it backfired. I’ll explain why in the following article.
Regular Hair Washing Is Necessary, Even For Thinning Hair
If your hair is thinning or shedding, it’s a reasonably safe bet that you have some hair or scalp issue. Whether you’re dealing with AGA (androgenic alopecia), TE (telogen effluvium), autoimmune hair loss, or some scalp issue, this process will often leave a great deal of inflammation in its wake. Regular washing (with the right shampoo) is one way to combat this.
Also, I can not stress enough how important regular washing is if you’re dealing with androgenic hair loss. You need to regularly remove the androgens and DHT from your scalp. You do not want to give those follicles any reason to clog or become more miniaturized.
How Often Should You Wash Thinning Hair?
This depends upon how long your hair is, how oily it gets, and what type of shampoo you are using. I wash my hair every day because, through a lot of experimentation, I’ve found that in the long run, this is the way to go. When I was shedding badly, I went through a period of time where I was washing every three days. Not only did my hair look even more limp, but my scalped itched and I ever suffered from even more shedding as the inflammation worsened. Sure, I saved some hairs at first, but eventually this regimen caught up with me because within a weeks’ time, I wash shedding buckets.
People with longer hair are often able to wash a bit less and can go to an every other day schedule without much problem. Sometimes, you’ll have to experiment to see what works best, but I can not stress enough that it’s not the hair washing that’s making the hair fall out or thin (unless you’re having a reaction or response to your shampoo.) The hair that comes out when shampooing was going to come out soon anyway as it was already in the resting phase and it’s fate was already sealed.
Sure, manipulating your hair sped up a process that was already in progress, but it did not contribute to more hair loss than you would have already had somewhere down the road.
How To Gently Wash Thinning Hair
Although you should shampoo regularly, nothing says that you can not do this as gently as possible. It’s important to get your scalp clean, but you do not need to press hard or use a lot of pressure to accomplish this. Just applying the product at the scalp and gently working it through will usually suffice. You do not need to finger comb or pile your hair on top of your head. Just gently apply the product and make sure it’s covered your scalp.
I know of people who actually put their shampoo in one of those applicators for hair dye. The long nozzle ensures that you’re putting the shampoo right on your scalp without needing to manipulate your hair too much. Also, I know people who will gently lower their hair in a sink full of water to rinse it rather than letting the shower water pull down their strands when they rinse.
Sometimes, people tell me that conditioner makes more hair fall out. I see nothing wrong with trying a spray or leave in condition if this is the case. Essentially, you want to use some sort of conditioner so that your hair is manageable for styling and behaves. You can usually accomplish this with lightweight spray conditioners so that you spare your hair some pulling and manipulation.
But keep in mind that firmly embedded and healthy strands of hair will not come out even with pretty aggressive tugging. Being gentle with your hair can help very in psychological terms. But scientifically speaking, you’re typically only delaying the inevitable. And you’re usually much better off treating the cause of the thinning hair rather than trying to alter your shampooing regimen.
Source by Ava Alderman