How To Stop Hair Thinning At Temples
Most people will experience a degree of hair loss at some point during their lives. Whether it is because of your genetics, styling habits, hormones, stress, or other health conditions, hair loss will affect nearly all of us. Just like there are various causes of hair thinning, there are also several different areas you can experience thinning.
Some people lose hair along their hairline or part, whereas others lose it on their crown. Generally, different hair loss patterns are based on whether you are male or female. However, when it comes to hair loss around the temples, both men and women can experience this hair loss pattern. Let’s take an in-depth look at the causes of temple hair thinning and how to stop it.
What Is Temple Hair Thinning, and What Causes It?
Your temples are the regions on the side of your head that is adjacent to your cheeks and eyes. It is above your ears and below your forehead. Your temples follow your hairline, so people with hair thinning in this area often notice their hairline recedes or thins out. Generally, women experience thinning in this region, whereas men encounter a recession of their hairline from their face.
Numerous factors can cause temple hair thinning. One of the leading factors is androgenic alopecia, or male or female-pattern baldness. There is little understanding of what causes androgenic alopecia, but abnormal dihydrotestosterone levels (DHT) may be the culprit.
Similarly, there is a general consensus that your genetics may play a role in this condition. If you have family members with hair thinning or baldness, you will want to keep a close eye on your own hair, as hair loss often runs in families.
Other factors that may lead to thinning at your temples include:
- Hormonal shifts during pregnancy, postpartum, and menopause
- Thyroid disorders
- Eating disorders
- Side effects of some medications including birth control pills, mood stabilizers, antihypertensives, and acne medications
- Vitamin deficiencies, including vitamin B12 and vitamin D
- Hair-pulling behaviors or tight hairstyles (like cornrows and high ponytails)
How to Stop Hair Thinning at Temples
The first step in treating thinning around your temples is to figure out what is causing this problem. Meet with your doctor as early as possible to get to the bottom of the cause. In most cases, this type of hair thinning is due to male- or female-pattern baldness. Regrettably, there is no cure for this condition.
However, you can slow hair loss with specific lifestyle changes and re-grow your hair with professional-grade hair products. If your temple thinning is due to a health condition, styling choice, or habitual practice, you may be able to reverse hair thinning.
Here are some strategies to employ if you have temple hair thinning:
Treat any underlying health conditions -
If a health condition is causing hair loss, make sure to follow your treatment plan from your doctor. You may be prescribed medication to treat your condition. For example, if you have a thyroid disorder, you may need to take thyroid medication daily. By correctly taking your medication for several weeks, your hair should start thickening.
Avoid hairstyles that damage your hair -
How we wear our hair is a form of self-expression. Yet, if your hairstyle is causing thinning, you may need to consider changing it before you lose too much of your hair. Here are some hairstyles and habits that can thin your hair:
- Styles that cause tension, including tight ponytails, buns, cornrows, and braids.
- Frequent use of hot styling tools, including blow dryers, straighteners, hot rollers, and curling irons
- Permanents or other chemical texturizers
- Hair dye (including highlights)
If you have a hairstyle that is hard to maintain without using any of the above styling techniques, it may be an excellent time to see your stylist and ask for a new style. One that is healthier for your hair and emphasizes the hair you do have on your head. By ridding yourself of these harsh styling practices, your hair may likely grow back to its original thickness.
Correct nutritional deficiencies -
The standard American diet (S.A.D.) is lacking in critical nutrients that support hair growth. Because we have replaced foods high in protein, omega-3’s, minerals, and vitamins with highly processed foods and refined sugars, we are getting less of the good things to support hair growth. Hair is made of the protein keratin and requires plenty of nutrients like zinc, biotin, and magnesium to grow healthy hair.
You can address this by eating more wholesome, healthy foods. A good rule of thumb is to mostly eat foods that do not have a label, such as meat, vegetables, and fruit. Of course, there are benefits to eating other foods, such as dairy products, but we generally do not need as much of these foods.
Take a hair growth supplement -
Hair supplements ensure you are getting the right nutrients for hair growth. Supplements can be especially helpful if you cannot meet your minimum daily requirements for essential nutrients through your diet. Consider trying the Revita Nutraceutical Tablets for Hair Growth Support from DS Laboratories to guarantee you are getting the right nutrients to correct temple hair thinning.
Practice stress-relieving activities -
Chronic stress is permeating populations worldwide, and there are significant health concerns caused by stress. For example, the rise in diabetes, heart disease, obesity, depression, and anxiety may be partly due to chronic stress. Therefore, reducing your stress is not only beneficial for your hair but also your overall health.
The following are examples of evidence-based stress-relieving activities you may wish to explore:
- Gratitude practices
- Daily self-care rituals
- Talk therapy
- Doing hobbies
- Get better, longer sleep
Use professional-grade hair re-growth products -
Hair products have come a long way since the discovery of minoxidil in the 1950s. If you are struggling with hair loss, consider using products that contain Nanoxidil 5%.
Nanoxidil is a clinically-tested, dermatologist-approved solution for restoring hair loss caused by androgenic alopecia. Historically, we have been unable to treat androgenic alopecia because hair loss is encoded in our DNA. However, with Nanoxidil, we can now penetrate deeper into the scalp to stop the mechanisms that cause hair loss. Nanoxidil works by:
- Opening ion channels within your cells
- Provides antioxidant effects
- Reduces inflammation
- Suppresses DHT
- Prolongs the growing phase of the hair growth cycle
- Increases the expression of vascular endothelial growth factor
Unlike other hair re-growth products and medications (like finasteride), there are no side effects to Nanoxidil, and it is appropriate for use in both men and women.
For a complete selection of hair re-growth products, shop our entire line at DS Laboratories, or take our hair assessment to find the best products for you.