Thinning hair is a prevalent complaint among men and women of all ages. And just like headaches and acne, there is no shortage of products on the market claiming to help alleviate its symptoms. But with drugstores stocked with hair-thickening products touting all sorts of claims, it can be difficult to decipher between them and determine which work, which are safe and which are not. Before you burn a hole in your pocket there’s a few things you should understand when it comes to purchasing hair-thickening products.
The good news is if you want the appearance of thicker hair, most products promoted as hair thickeners are completely safe to use. However, it’s important to remember that these products cannot change the natural density of your hair. Instead, they work by coating the hair shaft for a thicker appearance—nothing more—and once you wash your hair, the temporary results will disappear.
Look for hair-thickening products containing ingredients that coat the hair shaft like hydrolyzed keratin or dimethicone, which will coat the hair shaft and create a thicker appearance. According the Association of Dermatology (ADA), Minoxidil is currently the only topical medication approved by the by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regrow hair and slow future hair loss , which will actually increase the density of thinning hair and create noticeably thicker hair.
If you have a lot of thinning or bald patches, you’re probably experiencing hair loss. Because hair loss is chronic and progressive, a drug store solution will most likely not be able to give you a more voluminous or thicker look. Proven solutions are really the only option to permanently replace lost hair. The earlier you seek treatment for hair loss, the more treatment options will be available. So if you’re losing hair, skip the hair care aisle and consult a hair loss professional.