In the early stages of hair loss, it can be difficult to determine whether hair loss is even occurring. However, there are a few signs to look for.
One early sign of hair fall is your hair looking thin when wet.
This post will discuss why this is and the main causes of hair thinning. It will then outline three natural ways you can combat thinning and regrow a healthy, full head of hair.
Hair Looks Thin When Wet: A Major Sign of Baldness?
In the earliest stages of balding, the changes can easily go unnoticed. Perhaps you notice a bit of shedding here and there, or a general lackluster look, but your hair overall appears the same.
However, when your hair is wet, you can get a very clear picture of your hair loss situation.
Why is this?
When hair is wet, the strands clump together and the moisture weighs down the hair (making it flatter). Without the usual volume, you can get a good idea of how far your hair loss has really gone.
What Causes Hair Thinning?
There are many causes of hair thinning and loss, but the most common is Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA), or Male-Pattern Baldness (MPB).
MPB affects two-thirds of American men, and even women can fall victim to pattern hair fall (in the form of Female-Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL)).
The actual cause of AGA is strongly indicated as DHT, a natural androgen produced from the interaction between testosterone (a hormone) and 5-alpha-reductase (5AR) (an enzyme).
As DHT connects to the androgen receptors of sensitive hair follicles, a process known as hair miniaturization occurs. The hair eventually becomes shorter and thinner as the follicle miniaturizes until it eventually can no longer make its way through the scalp.
Without treatment, this can lead to permanent baldness.
Other common causes of hair thinning include:
- Traumatic injury
- Hormonal imbalance
Fortunately, just because you are prone to thinning does not mean you have to live with it. There are plenty of effective and natural ways you can combat it.
How to Naturally Treat Hair Thinning
1. Eat a Diet Rich in Vitamins and Nutrients
While diet is not the be-all-end-all of hair loss treatment, it is one of the best places to start.
The Standard American Diet (SAD) is full of fatty, low-nutrient foods (such as red meat, dairy, carbonated beverages, and alcohol). When consumed on a regular basis, this can lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
As we know, there are many vitamins and nutrients which play a key role in hair growth. Iron, niacin, folic acid, and the list goes on.
So what can you do to ensure that you are getting your daily recommended value of vitamins and minerals? Eat a rich and varied diet.
Lean meats, leafy greens, fruits, nuts and seeds, and whole grains are a great place to start. These whole foods should make up the majority of your diet.
2. Use Microneedling
Microneedling, also known as mesotherapy, is a treatment method that uses tiny needles to stimulate hair growth. This is done through 1) increased blood flow to the scalp; and 2) regeneration of the scalp’s skin cells.
There are two popular microneeding tools used in the treatment of hair loss: the dermaroller, and the dermastamp.
It is best to start small (using 0.5mm or 1.00mm needle) and with just one session per week. You may find that you can increase the length of the needle (to 1.00mm or 1.5mm) over time.
3. Practice Scalp Massage/Exercises
Without proper blood flow to the scalp, the hair follicles can become ill and even die. This is because blood delivers oxygen and vital nutrients, as well as removes CO2 and DHT.
One way to effectively increase blood circulation is scalp massage and exercises.
Both of these can be practiced anywhere, at any time. They can fit into your schedule, and this makes it possible to perform them each day.
To begin, use your fingertips to massage in gentle circles just above the ears. Slowly work your way to the back of the scalp, then to the top of the scalp, and finally the hairline. You can perform this massage routine for 10 minutes each day for diffuse (all over) hair loss.
In addition, scalp exercises can be done each done in just 5 minutes. There are two basic movements you will use:
- Lift your eyebrows as high as possible.
- Furrow your brows as deeply as possible.
By alternating between these two exercises, you will stretch the scalp skin (especially on the hairline) and improve circulation.
The discovery of hair thinning can be devastating. However, early signs of loss (including your hair looking thin when wet) do not mean you are doomed to be bald.
In fact, there are plenty of natural, chemical-free methods you can try.