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Thinning hair can seem like a taboo thing to talk about. But the reality is that close to 50% of people in the United States alone have some degree of hair loss for various reasons. While hundreds of products on the market promise to help thinning hair, many make claims they can’t back up. If you’re on the hunt for ways to add volume and luster to your locks, read on for different ingredients that help aid in hair regrowth and repair for thinning strands. Also, talk to your regular stylist for ideas about helpful styles, salon-quality products, and hair-friendly prep steps to round out your routine.

What Causes Thinning Hair?

Everyone’s hair is different, and even thinning hair is different from naturally thin hair. Some causes of thinning hair can include

  • Familial history (hereditary hair loss)
  • Extreme stress
  • Diet
  • Medication
  • Subpar haircare such as harmful heat styling, chemical styling, coloring, and infrequent/improper washing
  • Underlying medical conditions

Industry-Recommended Ingredients for Products That Combat Thinning Hair

No matter the underlying cause, treating your thinning hair with nutrients and vitamins is a great idea. Start by looking for these specific ingredients in the products you buy. They will help nourish and repair your hair the way you’re looking for.


Histidine is an amino acid that absorbs excess copper from the hair. By removing the excess copper, it shields your hair more effectively from UVA and UVB rays that can cause your hair to become brittle and break off prematurely.

Niacin (Vitamin B3)

Niacin, otherwise known as vitamin B3, is a vitamin the body naturally produces that improves blood flow. Supplementing the naturally occurring niacin your body creates helps improve the flow of nutrients to your hair follicle, making it stronger.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a commonly used ingredient in skincare known for its anti-aging properties. But did you know it can have similar benefits for hair, too? Due to its antioxidant properties, vitamin E can reduce oxidative stress on the scalp (which can inhibit healthy hair growth and make existing hair shed too quickly). Products with vitamin E, like Kérastase’s Specifique Masque, can help deeply moisturize your hair and reduce hair breakage. 


Hair products that contain caffeine can help slow down hair loss. These products are designed to suppress excess testosterone in the hair root for both men and women. Having too much testosterone in the hair follicle has been linked to balding.

Hyaluronic Acid

Helping prevent dry scalp and increasing the strand diameter in the hair, this sugar holds water and helps to keep skin hydrated and plump. Products with hyaluronic acid have significant benefits for those dealing with thinning hair. With its ability to expand hair strands and soothe dry scalps, it’s a double whammy for ensuring shedding slows while giving you more volume. Trying a shampoo with hyaluronic acid is a great first step so you can see a noticeable difference in your hair.

Keeping the hair you have strong is also an important factor in stopping your hair from thinning further. Strengthening ingredients that are thought to help renew and repair existing hair are:

  • Ginseng
  • Biotin
  • Collagen
  • Aloe Vera

Thinning hair doesn’t have to be a constant battle. By using products enriched with these ingredients, you’ll be on your way to seeing thicker, fuller, healthier hair. In addition to using quality products for thinning hair, such as Kérastase’s diverse product lines, invest in your hair by going to a salon for professional treatments. Thinning hair requires special care that licensed professionals can give while ensuring you have a look you love. Avoid DIY hair coloring services or treatments — turn to experts who use salon-quality chemicals, products, and techniques.

At Deseo Salon & BlowDry, we commit to providing our guests with an unrivaled client experience, as well as helpful and knowledgeable information for all hair types. If you are in the Jefferson Park area and want to find your new hair home, then book an appointment with us today. We look forward to helping you enhance your natural beauty!

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