Hair loss vs. hair thinning: what's the difference?

Have you noticed that your hair has lost some of its natural thickness but you’re not s

Have you noticed that your hair has lost some of its natural thickness but you’re not sure why? We explain all about the difference between actual hair loss and hair mass decrease.

Hair loss vs. hair thinning: what's the difference?
Hair loss vs. hair thinning: what's the difference?

Hair loss and hair thinning - also known as hair mass decrease - may seem like two sides of the same coin, but it’s important to understand the distinction when looking to combat your haircare problems. Read on to find out what the difference is and how you can tackle these hair issues.


Hair loss:
In medical terms, hair loss deals with a reduction in the number of hairs attached to the scalp. The average person who brushes their hair every day, loses between 50-100 strands per day, according to experts. If you take a look at your hairbrush the hair strands should be approximately the length of your hair and have a tiny white bulb at the end, which indicates that this hair was at its natural shedding stage and ready to come out. It’s when hair starts coming out in clumps or throughout the day every time you run your fingers through your hair there should be cause for concern as this could significantly impact the quantity of hair you have. Hair loss occurs as a result of certain factors (see below) that affect the hair’s life cycle, considerably shortening hair growth.

When it comes to factors responsible for hair loss, genetics has a role to play in the majority of cases, with men more likely to suffer than women. Hormones can also make a difference to your hair, with many women reporting a phenomenon of sudden hair loss shortly after giving birth. Other factors that can affect hair loss include stress, new medication, fatigue and diet (for example changing to a vegetarian or vegan diet), as well as ‘classic’ exposome factors such as pollution and tobacco. If hair starts to fall out in worrying amounts, you should always go to your GP to discuss what might be causing this.


Hair thinning:
While hair loss can be a fast or prolonged process, depending on the cause, hair thinning - also described as hair mass decrease - is generally felt more gradually with age, resulting in fewer, smaller and weaker hair follicles. Two main causes of hair mass decrease have been identified: physiological hair ageing that comes as a natural process of growing older, and damage linked to external environmental factors such as pollution, dyeing hair and using the wrong products. Visible symptoms of hair mass decrease commonly include thinner hair fibers, reduced hair density, and weaker or more fragile hair that lacks volume and is prone to breakage. Women often notice a decrease in hair mass as their ponytails start to feel less voluminous.

So if you’re experiencing reduced hair thickness and quality, the solution lies in improving your hair’s strength, resistance and overall health to ensure an optimum growth cycle. Following a tailored haircare regime, specifically designed to visibly thicken, strengthen and restore hair fibers, such as Vichy Dercos Densi Solutions, can really help. These thickening hair products are enriched with nourishing molecules, including restoring rhamnose, protective ceramide and anti-oxidant vitamin E, and help restore thickness and shine to lacklustre hair. Coupled with a tailored haircare regime, pay careful attention to your hairstyle and hair care techniques. Constant brushing, blow-drying and styling hair can cause havoc with already weakened strands. On top of that, keeping to a good diet can also really help to improve the quality of your hair.



This article is intended as general information only.  You should seek advice from a professional before altering your diet, changing your exercise regime or starting any new course of conduct.