Brittle Hair vs Hair Thinning – What’s the Difference?

Is your hair thinning or is it brittle? Sometimes, it can be hard to tell, and not knowing what the problem is means it can be difficult to find the answers. Here, we help you spot the difference, so you can get the right treatment.

Brittle Hair

Brittle hair is similar to dry skin in that there are different levels of dryness. Brittle hair is dry, dull, frizzy, broken, full of split ends and lacklustre in appearance.

If your hair:

  • Feels spongy when wet, and a mass of tangles
  • Fades quickly once colour has been applied
  • Feels dry and rough to the touch
  • Lacks elasticity

it is brittle. And this means there could be nutrition issues or hormone imbalance.
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Other external factors cause brittle hair such as UV rays, chlorine and all kinds of chemicals that attack our hair on a daily basis. Over-styling hair using heat also contributes to brittle hair. The recent trend for blow drying and straightening hair, for example, can quickly dry out hair leaving it brittle and damaged.

Thinning Hair

Thinning hair can be related to brittle hair. When your hair is dry, you may find a lot of hair shedding when you brush. Most people shed between 50 and 100 strands of hair a day but when the amount of hair loss increases, this can be a problem.

Thinning hair in women, for example, is more common than you think. If you think you have thinning hair, look for the signs below:

If you wear your hair up in a ponytail, does it feel and look thinner?
In women, the front hairline stays in tact – unlike male hair loss patterns – but the top thirds of the scalp seems thinner with less volume.

New hair may feel finer or thinner.

It is possible to lose hair in the short term too, as result of stress, allergic reactions of styling damage. But, overall, hair loss is in the most part, due to genetics.

Help for Brittle Hair

  • Cut down on heat styling, using cooler settings on hair dryers and consider using a heat protection spay on your hair.
  • Use shampoo and conditioners that are moisture-replenishing.
  • Use a conditioner on parts of your hair that are most brittle, such as the ends.
  • Don’t brush wet hair – use a wide tooth comb until it is completely dry.

Help for Thinning Hair

Thinning hair can zap self-esteem but there are treatment options available. However, avoid remedies that promise to restore your hair in a few months or reverse the process completely. If your hair is thinning, it is a problem that requires the expertise of a specialist clinic and team.

Here at The Wimpole Clinic, we’d be only too glad to help diagnose and treat any issues you may be having – so why not get in touch and see what we can do for you?

The Wimpole Clinic offers FUE Hair, Beard & Eyebrow Transplants, PRP & Trichology. Talk to a specialist ☎ 020 7935 1861.

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