Thinning Hair Sign 1: A Thinner Ponytail
As hair thinning occurs gradually and not overnight, a decrease in hair volume is generally tricky to spot because we regularly touch our hair each time we shampoo.
For those with longer hair, pay attention to the thickness of your ponytail or hair bun—if your ponytail is getting thinner or the size of your hair bun is getting smaller, you might be facing thinning hair.
Depending on how tight your ponytail is fastened and how heavy your hair weighs, these factors can also contribute to hair thinning. So if you notice that your ponytail feels thinner or that it takes more twists of your hair elastic to fasten your hair, you might have thinning hair.
Thinning Hair Sign 2: Your Forehead Looks Wider
Another tell-tale sign is if your forehead starts to look wider as your hairline recedes further backwards. Look back on old photos taken at a few months’ interval. As most thinning hair occurs first around the crown of your head, if you’re facing thinning hair, you might notice a receding hairline based on how much larger your forehead appears to be.
Thinning Hair Sign 3: More Visible Scalp
In addition, you might also notice a widened hair parting with more visible scalp. Since hair thinning first occurs around the crown of your head, you might notice your hair part becoming wider.
A number of reasons could lead to this, including frequent combing which can result in accelerated hair fall, as well as excessive pressure on your scalp along your hair parting from long hours of tying your hair up into a tight ponytail or hair bun.
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Thinning Hair Sign 4: Excess Shedding
On average, it is totally normal and healthy if you shed anywhere between 50 to 100 strands of hair daily, like mentioned earlier. Of course, we won’t be counting each individual strands that fall off our scalp over the course of the day, but if your hair falls in strands, then chances are, you have nothing to worry about.
However, if you notice that your hair falls off in clumps when you run your fingers through your hair or brush your hair, or even on your pillow case from tossing and turning, it’s likely that you are showing signs of thinning hair. You can also keep a lookout for any bald patches on your scalp as these two are usually related.
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Easy DIY Steps To Prevent Thinning Hair
While there are several factors that can result in thinning hair, there are some causes (like genetics, illnesses or hormonal fluctuations) that are beyond our control and cannot be prevented. However, there are still many lifestyle changes you can make and bad habits you can kick to avoid some preventable types of hair loss.
• Avoid tying your hair too tightly. Tight hairstyles such as braids, buns or ponytails could tug at the hair follicles over long periods of time and gradually weakening and damaging them.
• Use a special detangling comb that’s wide-toothed as it is less likely to yank at your hair and cause breakage and damage to hair follicles.
• Keep heat styling tools and chemical processes to a minimum. These harsh treatments can also affect the health of your scalp and hair follicles.
• Protect your scalp from harmful UV rays. Your scalp is just like the skin on your face; so while you apply sunscreen on your face conscientiously, how often do you even care for your scalp? Use an umbrella or wear a hat when you’re outdoors and if possible, apply a UV-protecting mist on your hair and scalp to shield it from harmful UV rays and free radicals.