The Science Behind Thinning Hair

Thinning hair is never a pleasant thing, no matter whether you’re a man or a woman, young or old. While this issue tends to occur as we age, there are also other causes for thinning hair that are not connected to the natural cycle of your hair, and which can depend on your current circumstances – for example, a poor diet can result in thinning hair.

At KSL we want you to know what causes thinning hair and how you can deal with it, as we consider this issue extremely important – and personal to people who suffer from it.

Thinning Hair?

Apart from being a natural occurrence as we get older, you might also notice a widening parting or receding hairline in the mirror, or even extra hairs on a brush, when that shouldn’t happen. While it’s normal for people to lose about 100 hairs a day, if the number is higher you should go to a professional, especially because hair loss and thinning hair can cause emotional distress. If you’re young and don’t present any signs of illness, then this means the problem lies with other conditions.


What Causes Thinning Hair

Hair thinning and loss can be traced back to certain illnesses (some even linked to the thyroid), medications, drinking too much alcohol, smoking or even being exposed to sun for a very long time. Chemotherapy treatments are also heavily linked to this problem, although it’s temporary and your hair can easily return to normal – sometimes to an even stronger version of itself!

Our brain can influence our body, so it’s only natural that our emotions can have physical manifestations. Stressful events, in particular, can lead to hair loss and thinning hair, since the production of new hairs is interrupted for a period of time.

Hormonal changes, usually likes the ones that accompany pregnancy or menopause, can also affect the hair and cause it to become thinner.

How to Deal With This Issue

You can take supplements and vitamins that help with both hair loss and thinning hair, such as zinc and iron, or evaluate your diet to ensure that you’re consuming these elements in adequate proportions. If not, a simple change in diet might be enough to fix the problem. There are also several styling options that can help you disguise or add volume to your thinning hair.

Avoiding harsh chemicals in your shampoo or conditioner can also help you, so ensure that you only choose mild products, even if it’s just a mousse for styling. You should also avoid hair extensions that pull on your roots, as that can actually make the problem worse, because it cuts off the blood circulation to the follicles.

If none of this seems to be working for you, you might want to consider hair treatments, as restoring your hair can make it look like it used to.


Thinning hair can happen naturally, but more often than not it’s related to a variety of factors that can be minimised. At KSL we strive to offer you the best solutions for your hair issues, so feel free to contact us at 0141 2486603 anytime. You can also follow us on Twitter and Google+, where we keep you updated with news and offers!

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