In my teens, I used to have a very thick, full head of hair that I actually kind of hated. It was wavy, coarse and I had a hard time styling my mane. My best friends during that time were the barber’s thinning scissors and a straight razor. My hairline was ridiculously low that I had to periodically head to the barbershop for a trim and have the baby hairs on my forehead shaved off. Gone are those days.
As I hit my twenties, the texture of my hair changed, it became less wavy and the strands became noticeably less thick which actually made my hair easier to manage. A few years later as I entered my thirties, I noticed that not only did my hair shaft look thin and fine but my hair was also noticeably less dense. It would be flatter and harder to add volume to. Soon I had a difficult time creating styles with my hair brushed up because of the now visibly “receding” hairline, which was in stark contrast to how things were in my teens.
Oh, how we always want the things we do not have. I miss my thick hair and it has become quite a frustration. And I’m sure other men my age share the same sentiments. Research shows that men’s and women’s hair start to become thinner when they hit their twenties or thirties. Male-pattern baldness is irreversible but there are treatments and products available out there to thicken and improve the texture and density of thinning hair. It is easier to style, hair strands appear thicker and some treatments even encourage hair to grow back. I tried out a few of them with some very impressive results.
KIEHL’s Ultimate Thickening Shampoo, SM Aura
This antioxidant-enriched shampoo is infused with thickening polymers with a unique combination of cationic and styling fibers that add mass to hair fibers. Naturally-derived proteins and an Omega-6 essential fatty acid derivative fortify and texturize thinning hair while a combined blend of nurturing vitamin E and rosemary, peppermint, and cedar wood essential oils stimulate and refresh the scalp.
AVEDA Invati™, SM Makati
A daily regimen comprised of an Exfoliating Shampoo, Thickening Conditioner and Scalp Revitalizer. Designed for people who have signs of hair and scalp aging such as thinning, loss of volume, lack of density, or a tighter and drier scalp. For best results, use the full Invati™ system daily, which includes a twice-daily application of the Revitalizer. Twice a day keeps visible thinning away.
LAB SERIES Age Rescue+ Densifying Shampoo and Conditioner, Rustan’s Makati
The Age Rescue+ Densifying Shampoo and Conditioner system elevates Lab Series’ anti-aging skincare expertise now in a hair care system for men. Formulated with 3D Renoplex™, the system combats the 3 major signs of hair aging – dullness, dryness and density loss. It features advanced technology that helps rescue and repair hair from the visible effects of aging including thinning hair.
KERASTASE Densifique, Leading Salons
Luxury professional hair care brand Kerastase creates the Densifique line to treat and protect mature, aging and thinning hair. Formulated with Stemoxydine, a state of the art densifying molecule proven to grow dormant hair while Hyaluronic acid gives bounce and plumpness to the hair.
Use the shampoo and conditioning mask daily with the Hair Density Activator treatment to thicken and create new hair. After three months, up to 1700 new hairs are revealed based on a test on 101 individuals in placebo.
L’OREAL PROFESSIONNEL Serioxyl and Aminexil, Leading Salons
For severe thinning and hair loss, it’s time to bring out the big guns. L’Oreal Professionnel and your trusted hair stylist recommend a serious solution with the Serioxyl and Aminexil Range. The Fuller Hair Kit with shampoo, conditioner and a densifying mousse with glucoboost and incell technology nourish the scalp and makes the hair fiber dense, thick and strong. The Thicker Hair Serum with intra-cyclane is the first anti-thinning serum that provides immediate thickness while the Denser Hair Serum activates new hair growth that awakens dormant follicles to create new hair. Aminexil Advanced is a six-week treatment which is the most potent variant in the line that promotes the growth of strong, firmly anchored new hair.
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