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Shampoo for Thinning Hair

Here's What Actually Makes a Shampoo Perfect for Thinning Hair

Thinning hair is becoming a major cause for concern in recent times. This problem has led to many products that claim to be a solution to hair loss. This article explains the different types of shampoos for thinning hair and the things to look for when buying one.
Ashwini Kulkarni Sule
Last Updated: Mar 7, 2018
Hair loss is a major cause of concern for both men and women of all ages today, due to a stressful lifestyle. Everyone tries to solve the problem of hair loss in their own way. So, there is really no dearth of hair care products for thinning hair in the market. Of all the solutions that claim to cure hair loss, shampoos for hair that is thinning are the most popular; the reason being their cost and ease of application.
Types of Shampoos
They are available in two varieties: one that adds volume to hair, and the other that has a deep cleansing formula which stops hair fall. You will have to choose the product as per your needs. If you have a major hair fall problem, then it is always better to go for one which has hair loss preventing properties. Volumizers may make your hair appear full, but may end up damaging it.
Ideally, any shampoo should be slightly acidic with a pH within a range of 4.5-5.5. Alkalinity makes the hair brittle and frizzy. Volumizers use this property of alkalinity to add volume to your hair. Such products will make the surface of your hair rough and stiff. The stiffness of hair makes them stand out, thereby adding volume to your hair. They increase the diameter of every hair, so that the added effect results in fuller and thicker hair. So, such products are not good for you in the long run. You can consider using them to add volume to your hair temporarily, but definitely don't use them as a cure for thinning.
Deep Cleansers
Deep cleansers are the shampoos which not only clean the dirt and grime, but also nullify the effects of DHT (Dihydrotestosterone). This is a byproduct of testosterone and 5-alpha-reductase, an enzyme found in the scalp. The effect of DHT is such that it sends false signals to the cells that control hair growth, thereby causing the hair to fall. The ingredients in deep cleansing products for thinning aim to prevent hair loss by nullifying the effects of DHT. These shampoos eradicate the root cause of hair fall, hence can be considered a better option.
While buying any product, always look at the ingredients. The ingredients used must be capable of neutralizing DHT. Also, look at the pH balance of the shampoo. Remember that an alkaline product with pH levels more than 7 can render your hair weak and brittle. Hence, do not opt for temporary volumizers, but go for ones that can truly stop your hair from falling.
Excessive hair fall is often an indication of something gone wrong in the body. Hence, if your hair is falling more than average, then you should consult a physician to diagnose the underlying problem.