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by: Better Not Younger
February 01, 2021
When people talk about thick or fine hair, they are usually referring to the diameter of a single hair strand. Density denotes how tightly packed hair follicles are on the scalp. Hair can be thick with low density (meaning the fibers are more spaced out), fine with high density (when strands are growing right next to one another), or some other combination.
To determine your hair thickness, pluck a strand, and compare it to a sewing needle thread. If your hair fiber matches the thread's width or comes close, you have thick hair. If your hair is a lot narrower than the thread, you have fine hair. You can also take the hair and roll it between your fingers; if you feel nothing, you likely have fine hair.
Your hair density can be measured by looking in a mirror. If you notice scalp skin without touching it, you probably have low-density hair. Knowing the thickness and density of your hair will give you an idea of improving it to get the look you are after.
The effects of menopause are highly influential on our hair’s texture and health. Our bodies go through age-related changes that affect our scalps, which in turn affect our hair. Our thick hair will likely become grayer and finer and require more attention to restore thickness and sheen.
Hair strands are made up of protein and remain rooted in our scalps for about two to seven years. Factors including your diet, age, and genetics influence its overall health and how fast it grows.
As we mature, our hair’s life cycle is shortened, and thicker hair is replaced by new, finer hair. Sex hormones like estrogen and progesterone usually stimulate hair follicle cell growth and keep hair in the growing phase; however, hair is left unprotected when these hormones decrease.
Testosterone's metabolic derivative, dihydrotestosterone (DHT), damages our follicles, resulting in progressively weaker hair production. DHT may also cause some follicles to stop producing hairs altogether.
Despite these changes, there is hope! Take steps before and during menopause to thicken your fine hair, starting with volumizing shampoo from Better Not Younger.
Most volumizing shampoos dry your hair and scalp because they are formulated to achieve lift by aggressively washing away dirt and oil with sulfates. Many companies utilize sodium laurel sulfates (SLS), sodium laureth sulfates (SLES) attain this result. This may be a good idea if you have greasy locks; however, those of us with fine hair need a gentler solution.
The issue is that sulfates work too well and end up stripping away water-proofing oils, proteins, and anti-microbial peptides created by our body’s natural biome. This leaves our scalps vulnerable to dryness, irritation, and inflammation.
Better Not Younger’s Wake Up Call Volumizing Shampoo contains no harsh sulfates, parabens, or other drying ingredients. It adds volume and thickness to thin hair with:
Try these additional tips to thicken your fine hair:
Better Not Younger is more than just hair care. We are a company founded on the principle that beauty should not be defined by age. Introduce Better Not Younger products into your hair care routine to enjoy thicker, healthier hair at any stage in life.
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