Anyone with a pet will notice the phenomenon of animal shedding, the natural process by which animals lose and re-grow their hair, and now scientists believe they can unlock thinning hair remedies by observing this process.
Female hair thinning is perhaps not as common as male pattern baldness, but it does affect tens of thousands of women every single year. Scientists believe that by studying the natural hair shedding and re-growth process found in animals, they may unlock answers to hair loss and thinning hair. Women, like animals, begin to lose their hair due to hormone changes in the body. If hormones cause hair loss, why can’t they provide new thinning hair remedies as well?
Pet owners may notice that their animals grow thicker, longer fur when the weather turns cold. This is because hormones in the skin, and various signals in the body, trigger extra growth that keeps bodies warm during winter months. In warmer months, that extra hair begins to fall out in clumps to keep animals from becoming overheated.
Hair follicles are cells, and respond to internal as well as external signals in animals, a trait that researchers believe was lost to human evolution. Some researchers believe that manipulating the environment around hair follicles could trigger growth behavior and allow humans to re-gain this natural re-growth trait. Rather than manipulating the follicles themselves (the cells), one group of scientists is working toward a treatment that will target the scalp. The belief is that a healthy scalp will trigger healthy new hair growth. The current research could lead to the formulation of new thinning hair remedies, but the animal hair study is still in early stages.
Living with female thinning hair
Women have a lot of different options for managing their hair problems in the interim. Hair plugs may be used to replace lost hair on a permanent basis, wigs and weaves on a more temporary one. But many hairstyles for thin hair utilize only natural hair to achieve the illusion of fullness and volume. There are many different styling tricks women can use to hide thin and bald patches. Strategic cuts using layers will give hair lift to create a look of fullness. And it’s always an option to adds curls or waves to hair to give it an overall look of texture and fluffiness that adds an illusion of thickness even to thinning hair.
Women who wear their hair long often experience trouble making their locks look thick. Long hair is heavy with its own weight, and has a natural tendency to look limp and flat that makes hair appear thinner. Keep long hair regularly trimmed to avoid uneven, thin ends that will make tresses look fine and thin. Add a few short layers near the scalp to create a look of thickness around the top of the head. Rich color, featuring highlights and low lights, also tends to make hair look healthier and thicker in any length.
Discover more tricks for keeping your locks lovely in our free special report, Expert Solutions for Thinning Hair and Female Hair Loss Treatments for Women Over 50.