Hair loss and thinning are more common than you think and can happen to anyone. *According to Dr. Eric Schweiger of Schweiger Dermatology Group in NYC.(1)
Causes range from ‘androgenetic’ or hormone-related hair loss to stress-related hair loss, called ‘telogen effluvium,’ and dandruff.
Medications, vitamin deficiencies, thyroid disorders, excess styling, and autoimmune disorders can all cause hair loss and thinning.” (1)
So, what’s a girl to do? I’ve had a Love/Hate Relationship with my hair all my life! HA! I always wanted thick, shiny hair, but that didn’t happen.
As the years go by, my hair has gotten shorter and thinner, mainly on the crown of my head ugh.
NO one wants thinning hair, right!
So, I have been experimenting with different options to improve my relationship with my hair for the last several years!
I have tried different hairstyles, hairpieces, and DIY hair care products to find something that worked.
I’m happy to say; that I found a hairstyle and some DIY products that finally give me the fuller hair that I have always wanted!
Yippee! And I mean, Yippee!!! (all of you with thinning hair know what I’m talking about)
For the first time in my life, I can say, “I really like my hair.” (I don’t want to commit to saying I love my hair; I don’t want to mislead anyone, but I really, really like my hair now! 🙂
Here’s how it all began!
I started experimenting with different hairstyles and DIY hair care products after I had a small patch of benign skin cancer removed from the top of my head.
So, there I was sitting in the dermatologist’s exam room, as he was cutting out the spot, and seeing chunks of my already thinning hair falling into my lap while holding back my tears 🙁
All I imagined was that I had a huge bald spot on the top of my head. Well, fortunately, it only left a small bald spot.
Still, it wasn’t easy to cover up. Also, after surgery, I developed seborrheic dermatitis, so my head was very itchy. Ugg.
*Side note: When the Dr. was stitching up the area where he removed the benign skin cancer, he and his assistant had to pull the skin together pretty tight to stitch it back together. So, I did get a mini eye lift from the whole experience… Bonus!!!
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OK, so now I had these two new problems to solve:
- My new bald spot (I will be sharing the solution I found in this post.)
- And my itchy scalp (Read more on healing itchy scalp HERE).
Here are the options I looked into to cover my bald spot:
- Supplements to help grow hair
- DIY Dry Shampoo
Attach to your hair using clips or combs. They are easy to work with, washable, and affordable. And they come in an array of colors, and most of these options come in synthetic or real hair.
Here are a few more options when it comes to hairpieces:
Wigs – A full wig would be a good choice if you have significant hair loss.
Pros: They are quick and easy to put on. Plus, you could have fun wearing different hairstyles and colors on different days and occasions.
Cons: It could be hot, and clips can be uncomfortable after wearing a while
Wiglets/Toppers – Good choice for short thinning/balding hair on the crown of the head.
Pros: Natural-looking, easy to clip on, blends nicely into your hair, cool to wear
Cons: Clips can be uncomfortable after wearing a while
Integration hairpiece – These are great for short to long thinning/balding hair on the crown and sides of the head. You clip on and then weave your hair into the hairpiece.
I wore an integration hairpiece for a while but didn’t feel it was right for me, at least not for right now.
Pros: Very natural-looking, lightweight, and cool to wear
Cons: Clips can be uncomfortable after wearing a while
Pros: Easy to get these vitamins from eating healthy food and taking a high-quality Multi-Vitamin. Plus, great for overall health too.
Cons: This could take time for new hair to grow, with no guarantee there will be new hair growth.
DIY dry shampoo
My original thought for trying DIY dry shampoo was that since dry shampoo has color in it, my scalp would then have color on it.
This way, it would deflect light off my scalp and cover up my bald spot, and it worked!
After applying the DIY dry shampoo to my bald spot, it concealed it, and I am soo happy with the results!!!
How to make DIY Dry Shampoo:
- 4 Tbsp. Arrowroot Powder – dry shampoo blends are built around a base of organic arrowroot powder, a super lightweight starch that becomes invisible once applied.
- 1 to 3 Tbsp Cocoa Powder – gives the dry shampoo the color. This combination is good for light to med blond hair or med. to dark brown hair.
- Mix in a mixing bowl and store in a 4oz mason jar.
Your hair color will determine how much cocoa powder to use. (The lighter your hair, the less cocoa you will use, and the darker your hair, the more cocoa you will use.)
I suggest starting with 1 Tbsp of cocoa powder and mixing; then, you can add more at 1 tsp of cocoa powder until you get the best match. That’s it!
After I had been using my DIY dry shampoo for a while, I started to notice some unexpected benefits, and it has turned out to be so much more than just covering up my bald spot; It also has:
Added fullness to my thinning hair
It hides that see-through to the scalp look of thinning hair
It helps cover my roots, so it prolongs the time between coloring
It’s a win-win all the way around! Since I discovered that DIY dry shampoo worked at helping these other concerns, too, I needed to learn how to apply it a little differently.
Therefore, when I started experimenting with dry shampoo, it wasn’t as simple as just putting the DIY dry shampoo in the hair.
Because if you put too much dry shampoo in your hair, it makes your hair look and feel like straw. Plus, it won’t be easy to comb through.
On the other hand, if you don’t put enough dry shampoo in the hair, you wouldn’t get the fullness you want, either. Because of this, it was trial and error when I first started using dry shampoo.
Pros: Easy to make and apply.
Cons: It can make your hair feel dryer (totally worth it for fuller hair!) and can leave color on your pillowcase (easy fix, I put a bandana over my pillowcase so that it won’t get discolored).
Steps for applying DIY shampoo!
- Finger dry your hair. Best to not use a hairdryer on thinning hair
- Use a good hair oil with rosemary essential oil, add 8 to 10 drops per oz. of argan oil and apply to the tips and top of hair only, don’t apply the oil to your roots
- Apply oil to the hair before applying the dry shampoo
- Add dry shampoo with a powder brush – Dip the powder brush into DIY dry shampoo, turn the brush with hairs facing up, and lightly tap the handle on the counter so that the powder will fall into the brush hairs
- Lift sections of your hair and apply the DIY shampoo to the scalp and roots only
- TIP: the shorter the hair, the less dry shampoo you need. Start with a small amount and add more as needed
- Allow the dry shampoo to sit for a few minutes
- Work into the scalp and hair with your fingers to distribute evenly
- Backcomb hair at the roots, on the top, and sides of the hair, for extra lift
- Lift hair and spray under the hair with hair spray
- Style as usual
I know the first tip of putting oil on thin hair doesn’t seem like a good idea, but hear me out. Applying oil to the hair first will counteract the dry powder, so your hair won’t feel as dry.
The hair oil I recommend is Argon Oil. This oil is lightweight and won’t weigh your hair down. It won’t make your hair look greasy either as long as it’s applied to the tips of your hair only, not on the scalp!
*Argan oil, also known as Moroccan oil, is derived from nuts produced from Argan trees. Rich in fatty acids, antioxidants, and Vitamin E. Argan oil makes your hair look incredible and has many protective qualities. (3)
It is sometimes referred to as “liquid gold” due to its rich golden color. All-natural, organic Argan oil is best to use since it is minimally processed and contains no chemicals or additives. (3)
If you decide to give DIY dry shampoo a try, you may need to experiment with it a few times before getting the right balance. I would give it a test run on the weekend when you have time to play with it.
I definitely, wouldn’t try the dry shampoo before a big meeting, first date, or a big event, just in case you put a little too much dry shampoo in the first time; just sayin! 😉
This is “How I Thicken my Thinning Hair!” by using DIY Dry Shampoo! Don’t forget to look at how to heal an itchy scalp HERE!
Leave a comment below and let me know what you have tried in helping your thinning hair, and please let me know if you have any questions about the DIY Dry Shampoo. I am happy to help!
Here’s to liking (loving?;) your hair again!
P.S. Update: I have found that I get the best results when I apply the DIY dry shampoo mainly to the roots at the crown of my head. I have less dry hair and overall better results with lift and fullness! 🙂
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(1) – Schweiger Dermatology Group in NYC,
(2) – Healthline
(3) – LA TOURANGELLE Artisan Oils