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Caring for Your Thinning Hair

Shampoo, styling, and hair care tips for women with thinning hair.

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Coloring products swell the cuticles and add more texture while leaving the hair’s integrity, Kutcher says. A combination of highlights and lowlights can create contour and the illusion of texture. Demi-permanent colors can also be good for thin hair. Kutcher says those products work like a shellac on wood - they coat the strands and build up over several applications, adding thickness.

At home, women can do their best to keep hair healthy and reduce breakage. Kutcher recommends letting it dry naturally after washing, using a mousse, thermal protectant, and drying just briefly on medium heat while brushing with a round boar’s hair brush.

When using any kind of heated styling appliance, don’t let it get intensely hot, Barbosa says. Use the lowest heat possible and never use curling or flat irons on wet hair.

Aside from her cherished headbands, Rosenthal uses small clips to gather her hair in sections, to make it look fuller. She uses “granny clips” to make pin curls at night or braids it before bed so it has more volume the next day.

Rosenthal used to worry that she would be bald by the time she was 50. Although she has moved beyond awkward dating moments (she has a partner now who loves her hair), she is still self-conscious.

And though she has essentially made peace with her hair loss, she still seeks ways to make it look as good as she can.

“I’m not a vain person, so I hate that it bothers me,” Rosenthal says. “I looked at extensions and wigs, but I try to do the things that help me stay most true to myself and at the same time help make me feel better about how I look.”

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Reviewed on June 13, 2012

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