30 Most Annoying Things About Having Thin Hair
The 30 most annoying things about having thin hair. Having thin hair is a constant struggle. It’s a constant battle between trying to maintain the precious locks you have left and trying to make your hair look more voluminous and healthier than it actually is with more products than can fit inside your bathroom drawers. You may feel like you are losing half of your hair on a daily basis. Thinning hair can be a sign of aging and can directly impact how “youthful” you look. But you are not alone in the fight for keeping a full head of hair.
Thinning hair and hair loss affects millions of women and men worldwide. Maintaining an unbalanced and unhealthy diet, unlucky genetics, poor hygiene, and even how you style your hair all can play a part in accelerating hair loss. Older women, especially those nearing or entering menopause, begin to lose hair as levels of estrogen produced decline with age. Male pattern baldness is genetic with men and may result in a receding hairline. If your father and his father had it, chances are that you will experience it too.
The bottom line: Having thin hair can be a major struggle. Here are some of the most annoying things those of us with thinning hair deal with daily.
Your Drains are Constantly Clogged
You may be cleaning out your shower drains more often than usual as you curse the hair gods for not blessing you with a healthy head of hair.
You’re Limited in Haircut Choices
Longer, non-layered styles will make your hair look more flat and lifeless, but shorter styles will give your ‘do some oomph. That doesn’t necessarily mean you need to get a pixie cut, though. Just ask your hair stylist to strategically layer your hair for volume.
Hair-Growth Products are a Gamble
Spending money on hair growth products that may or may not work can feel like a waste. They’re not exactly cheap, either!
Bleaching Your Hair Causes Breakage
Bleaching your hair doesn’t directly cause hair to thin, but your hair will be more prone to breakage as it becomes dry and brittle. Split ends are the enemy for those with thin hair.
You Find Hair Everywhere
When your hair is thinning, you tend to find hair in the most unlikely of places, some of which are unsanitary.
Styling Your Hair is Out of the Question
You can spend all the time in the world styling and curling your hair, but chances are your curls fall flat because your thin hair just doesn’t hold heat as well.
You’ve Probably Tried Every Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner on the Market
Anything shampoo and conditioner with “volumizing,” “full lift,” and/or “thickening” written on the bottle is probably already in your shower caddy. Finding the one that works best for you is probably going to take a lot of time and patience.
Your Hair is an Oil-slick and You Have to Wash it Every. Single. Day.
Your hair may be thinning because of your scalp is oily. When your scalp is working hard at producing sebum (and way too much of it), it can lead to clogged hair follicles. Your routine may include washing your hair daily, which is time-consuming.
You Have to Loop Your Hair Tie Around Your Ponytail a Million Times
Every time you throw your hair into a ponytail, you’ll probably notice that there’s more hair tie than hair to tie. Or your hair tie might slip off undetected because there’s not much hair to grab.
Cowlicks are a Constant Battle
When you only have so much hair, the placement of every little strand matters. Cowlicks are hard enough to work with, but adding thinning hair to the mix makes styling your hair much harder.
You Have No Idea Why It’s Happening
Thinning hair is incredibly frustrating, and it also feels unfair. You try to take care of your hair and nourish it with the right products, but nothing seems to work. You might find some comfort in the fact that thinning hair is very common and isn’t necessarily a sign of poor health or hygiene.
You Might Sunburn Your Scalp
Thin hair offers you no protection from the elements. You’re subject to deal with a cold scalp in the winter and sunburns on your head in the summer. You also can’t put sunscreen in your hair, so your best bet is wearing a hat to protect your skin.
It Gets Tangled So Easily
Thin hair is the worst about getting tangled all day long no matter what you do. You can’t shower at night otherwise your hair is an unmanageable rat’s nest the next day, you can’t style your hair because it will just fall down, and you have to carry a brush with you at all times to tame the tangles.
You’ve Tried Every Hair Gimmick On the Market
No matter what it is, you’ve tried it and still, nothing works. You don’t have enough hair to cover Bumpits or Hot Buns. And those air curlers? Don’t even bother.
Humidity Makes Your Hair Even Flatter
Humidity is every girl’s worst hair nightmare, and those with thin hair are no different. Not only does it make hair frizzy, but humidity also makes thin hair stick to your head, making your hair look even thinner.
Your Buns Are Comically Small
You’re already familiar with the frustrations of styling thin hair, but you also have to deal with having incredibly small buns and ponytails. Those with thin hair know you just have to deal with tiny up-dos.
“Wash the Roots, Condition the Ends” Is Muscle Memory
You already know how oily thin hair gets, and washing it every day is necessary if you want to look presentable. If you have thin hair you also know that conditioning your roots is a huge mistake. You have perfected the art of washing your roots but conditioning the ends.
You’re Always Trying New Supplements
You’re a sucker for anything that promises longer, thicker hair. Hair supplements promise to make all your dreams come true, but they just aren’t worth it. Your wallet would be much happier if you ignored ads for these magic pills, but you just can’t resist the temptation of voluminous hair.
You Have Thick Hair Envy
You learn to style your hair and appreciate what makes you beautiful and unique, but you can’t help but turn green with envy over girls with thick, bouncy hair.
You Have Regular Anxiety About Female Pattern Baldness
You’re always checking your scalp for bald patches after showers and when you pull your hair up. The constant hair loss, inability to style your hair, and thinner areas have you worried about going completely bald.
Static Is Your Form of Volume
Humidity makes your hair frizzy and stick to your scalp, and dry weather makes you look like a plasma globe. Your hair gets staticky, and you have been known to accidentally shock people who get too close. Pro tip: try rubbing a dryer sheet on your hairbrush or directly on your hair to get rid of static.
People Always Point It Out
“Wow, your hair is really thin!” is a phrase those with thin hair are all too used to hearing. The worst is when you’re talking about your thin hair problems and someone says, “Your hair isn’t thin!” only for them to touch it and realize that it truly is.
You Can’t Even Use Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo might seem like a godsend for those who have to shampoo every day thanks to their hair texture. File this with all the other gimmicks that don’t work for thin hair. Not only can it make your hair look dirty, but it can also cause your hair to thin even more. No thanks!
Finding a Good Hairstylist Is Next to Impossible
Everyone with thin hair knows a good haircut can make all the difference. Subtle layers are great, but lots of layers are a disaster. The problem is finding a hairstylist that knows how to cut your hair. Finding a stylist that knows which hair products and styling tools to avoid, as well as what cuts are flattering takes lots of time and patience, but they’re out there.
Your Friends With Thick Hair Are Always Giving You Advice
You have to deal with your thin hair constantly, so naturally, you like to complain about it to your friends. They might be good listeners, but they can’t help but offer you advice that would absolutely ruin your hair. “No, I can’t tease my hair” and “no, I won’t spend time blow drying just for it to go limp an hour later” have become a normal part of your conversations with your thick-haired comrades.
The Wind Ruins Everything
Just when you thought styling your hair couldn’t possibly get more difficult, the wind decides to humble you. Besides getting tangled when you wear your hair down, the wind also gives you flyaways and makes your baby hairs come out. If you try and protect your ‘do with a hood you will be stuck with “hood-hair” for the rest of the day. There’s just no winning!
You Can Never Have Bangs
You know how greasy your hair gets, so you also know bangs aren’t an option. If you do, they’ll just get oily from touching your face and limply hang into your eyes. Seriously, do yourself a favor and never get bangs, unless you like being angry all the time.
It Feels Like Your Hair Never Grows
Getting regular haircuts is important for keeping your hair healthy, but you get haircuts much less often than your thick-haired counterparts do. It can seem like years before your hair ever grows an inch, especially when you’re trying to grow your hair out.
Every Single Hair Product You Own Says “Volume”
Not just your shampoo and conditioner. Every. Single. Product. You. Own. Right down to the protective spray you use when you decide to attempt styling your hair with heat. You’ll never stop chasing after thick, voluminous hair.
Your Hair Tie Gets Tangled In Your Hair
There’s nothing worse than taking down a ponytail only to have your hair tangle around the hair tie. You’re all too used to carefully untangling your precious hairs to avoid losing more strands. We get it —styling thin hair is hard, but does it have to be a battle to take it down at the end of the day?