How To Regrow Thinning Hair

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With the disturbing image of Naomi Campbell’s thinned hairline making its way around the web once again this year (check out my write up from last year in HAIR PROBLEMS SOLVED: Combat Premature Baldness), it only made sense to do a deeper dive into the subject of thinning hair.

World- renowned dermatologist and hair restoration surgeon Dr. Umar provides answers to a topic so many of us are concerned about.

Q: Why does hair thin?

A: Miniaturization Is one of the most common causes of hair thinning. In women who experience female pattern baldness, there is likely to be other variables that contribute to the condition besides genetics. Usually this includes hormonal imbalances and environmental factors which exacerbate the interaction of their sensitive hair follicles with DHT, stress, pregnancy, certain medications, crash dieting, anemia, iron deficiency, use of chemical dyes, and relaxers have all been implicated in female hair loss.

Women will typically experience hair thinning on the top part of their scalp which may or may not spread to other regions. In women, because the hairline is often spared, mild to moderate thinning is easily camouflaged by use of extensions, hair products etc.  Hair thinning in women should be evaluated by a dermatologist with the objective of excluding treatable secondary causes such as thyroid disease, nutritional causes, medication etc. A blood test is often part of the evaluation process.

In women of African descent, the most common cause of hair loss is traction alopecia which results from hair grooming practices that exert a sustained pulling force on the hair roots. Examples of such grooming practices include, hair weaves, braiding, ponytails etc.

In addition to changing your hairstyles to protect your hair, here’s how to regrow your hair:

Moisturize your hair.
One of the best things you can do to your hair is keep it moisturized. Having adequate moisture encourages fast growth and protects hair from breakage and split ends.

Additionally it keeps the hair looking bright and feeling soft. Before you can even start considering store-bought moisturizes make sure that you are already moisturizing the natural way; drinking enough water.

When it comes to moisturizing from the outside, try to do it every day. This ensures that your hair is always adequately hydrated. Some of the best ingredients for black hair moisturizers include olive oil, coconut oil, grape seed oil, and pure shea butter.

Protect your hair ends.
Every three to four months you should trim your hair. This gets rid of any split ends allowing your hair to continue growing properly without further damage. When trimming, you only need to cut about a 1/2 inch maybe a bit more depending on your hair.

To keep your ends in great condition, use…