I'm a 22-year-old female and have always had fine, thin hair -- in terms of both the hair shaft diameter and the number of hairs on my head. If a hair transplant is not appropriate for all over thinness, are there any other procedures that currently exist or that are being researched that might help?
What Are the Options for Naturally Thin (Not Thinning) Hair?
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Hair Loss Info
Even thin hair can make a difference in some cases. If, however the donor area itself is thinned out, the chances of a hair transplant helping become even less. The other thing to do is to identify a possible treatable underlying cause for the hair loss and treat that.
Options for Naturally Thin Hair
Unfortunately at the present time hair transplant is the only viable option. However, if the donor hair is thin and sparse even this will not work.
Hair replacement surgery is not beneficial when treating diffusely thin hair. Your best alternatives include hair extensions combined with products which coat the existing hairs improving shaft diameter.
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Extensions, gently attached, can help provide fullness of hair
Many hair salons offer various versions of hair extensions which can add fullness to your hair. however, you must be cautious that they are added loosely. SoCap is one brand that uses adhesive pads to gently attach the extensions to other hairs. Do NOT recommend beeswax or other adhesives that can pull on your hair when they are removed.
Rogaine may also help slightly thicken hair as it is growing out. Finally, shampoos with wheat protein can thicken hair. Toppik is a brand of keratin protein that can be scattered into the scalp and provide camouflage where needed. See your dermatologist for other options.
Hair Transplants are not the answer for naturally thin hair
Hair transplants are probably not appropriate for the condition that you described in your question. Hair extensions, volumizing shampoos, and hair thickening agents are worth a try as enhancements for your hair.
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