I’m pretty much thinking that all of us can name at least one hair pet peeve that we’ve got. Me personally? I think it would have to be the fact that while the left side of my head has hair that is super thick and grows pretty fast, my right side is somewhat thinner and likes to trail about an inch behind. When I tell you that it annoys me to no end, words simply cannot express! But what I’ve also come to accept is I’m not a rare person in this case. As you’re about to see, the reality is most of us have to endure this very hair-triggering issue. The way to work through it is to know some hacks that can help the thinner side to get thicker and perhaps even “catch up”—even if it’s just a little bit. Hair Is Thinner
What You Should Do If One Side of Your Hair Is Thinner Than the Other
1. Accept that it’s completely normal.
First and first, you must acknowledge that, despite how unpleasant it can be, having one side of your hair that is weaker and thinner than the other is entirely natural. Although our bodies’ left and right sides resemble one another, they aren’t exactly the same. If you pay close attention, you might see that one of your feet is bigger than the other, or that one of your breasts is bigger than the other. Therefore, yes, even if your hair isn’t perfectly even on both sides, it will still match the rest of your body from head to toe. Even if I understand this, it doesn’t make things any less grating, especially
2. Don’t always put tension on the thinner side.
Now that you are aware that Mother Nature (and occasionally even heredity) play a key role in why one side of your hair may be thinner than the other, let’s look at some additional behaviors that you may be engaging in that may be contributing to the “worsening” of the situation. One of them is having your hair styled the same way all the time. For instance, if your part is always on the same side, your ponytail always leans to one side, or if you always brush or comb your hair on the same side. Your thinner side may get significantly weaker over time or your thicker side may sustain greater harm as a result of the ongoing strain and friction. This is why it’s beneficial.
3. Switch up sleep positions.
I already know that sleeping on my right side more often than my left is a factor in why my hair on the right side is thinner (and grows more slowly) than on the left. The right side of my body’s blood vessels are constricted for the entire eight to eight and a half hours that I sleep each night. My scalp and hair follicles receive less blood circulation the less blood there is flowing through them. And when my scalp and hair follicles aren’t receiving the nutrients they require, that can undoubtedly slow down the growth of my hair. You are similarly affected. We all have a preferred sleeping position, but if you’re determined to
4. Massage the thinner side more often.
A head massage is never harmful to anyone. There are actually a number of reasons why it ought to be incorporated into our self-care practice. Scalp massages provide numerous health benefits, including the ability to soothe emotional stress, lessen headaches, enhance sleep, and, without a doubt, improve hair quality. A stronger head of hair, on both sides, results from scalp massages that increase blood flow to the area, strengthen the roots of your hair, and help distribute your hair’s natural oils evenly (so that your tresses receive more moisture while experiencing less breakage). This is especially true if you massage your scalp with some warmed Jamaican black castor oil (the warmth promotes blood flow and the oil itself is packed with nutrients).
5. Put the shears down.
Theoretically, you’d assume that if you simply cut your hair on the shorter, thinner side, everything would be OK. WRONG. In the end, all this will accomplish is prevent you from ever measuring actual inches. So what happens when one side is obviously shorter and thinner? A preliminary cut—hopefully more of a trim—to simply even things out is OK. After that, though, attempt to devote more time to taking care of the thinner side so that your follicles can become stronger, that side of your hair can thicken, and perhaps there will be a bit more improvement, in terms of length. And after how much time should you cut or trim again? as long as your goals remain positive
6. Give it time.
When it comes to caring for the thinner side of your hair, the adage “patience is a virtue” could not be more accurate. I’ll be honest and admit that it took me about nine months to really notice any progress toward “evening out” my right side, but I did see some. Take these advice to heart, develop a regular hair care routine, and give it some time if you want your thinner side to become thicker. If you do it on both sides of your head, I’m ready to wager that your hair will become stronger and healthier. #wink.
Merian Mismmo, the creator of Bounce Curl, has recently added a scientific twist to the formulation process for natural hair care. Merian, a curly girl with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, used her knowledge and resources as a chemist to create Bouncing Curl. She started loving her hair at the young age of 10, when she discovered how to accept her naturally curly hair. Her family supported her in using natural, handmade ingredients to care for and maintain her curls, which would later serve as the basis for many of her Bouncing Curl products.
While she was pursuing her degree in her early 20s, she began to develop an interest in the hair industry, she explains, “I really love the chemistry and how the process moves from individual ingredients to finished product.” She later began to volunteer and work in a laboratory where she started to formulate her own gels. The endless days in the lab where she tirelessly worked to mix acids, analyzing bacteria, and reading the IR spectrum led the creation of her first and most popular product, the “Bounce Curl Light Creme Gel.”
The secret to Bounce Curl’s success is a unique blend of ingredients like black seed oil, essential oils, and extensive testing to update any products using the green chemistry principles. Merian is devoted to working up close and personal with each product she creates and is passionate about sourcing their ingredients from top of the line manufacturers and testing each product for quality control. We got the chance to chat with Merian and get to the 411 on how to read ingredients, hair loss and the secret to healthy hair growth.
How would you describe the formulation process for your products?
I started working in the cosmetic industry in 2010. At that time, cosmetic chemists were old school and still using bad preservatives and cancer-causing ingredients in their formulas. I was hip to social media; I connected with potential consumers online and knew what they wanted. The main concept is not too surprising – create products that do not have cancer-causing ingredients in them! Also – create products that do not have extremely toxic ingredients in them either! Here is a list of ingredients we do not use: Silicones, Parabens, Sulfates, PEG’s, DEA/MEA, Propylene Glycol, Formaldehydes, Phthalates, Animal Testing & JUNK. Bounce Curl products are Color Safe & Vegan. This list will continue to grow as scientists keep discovering toxic contaminants. In addition, we are Cruelty-Free and you can find Bounce Curl listed on the PETA website confirming that we do NOT test on animals.
What are your tips for reading and understanding ingredients? How does the Think Dirty app help to navigate this process?
We are proud members of the THINK DIRTY app. This is an app that allows users to learn about potential hazards of products (and their ingredients), indicating those containing known carcinogens (cancer causing agents), hormone disruptors, and allergens. The app assigns a product rating of 1-10 for brands and products indicating how “clean” they are. A rating of 0-3 indicates a product is very green and clean; ALL Bounce Curl products earn a 0-2 rating!
We have items at Bounce Curl that are 100% organically scented with essential oils. Two of our other products (products) have a synthetic aroma that was developed by our founder and mixed with all-natural substances. The Think Dirty app rates the fragrance’s components as “low & green.”
I think the Think Dirty app is a great tool for consumers; they can quickly look at and understand what toxic ingredients are in their beauty products. Think Dirty provides consumers with an independent review and published articles instead of the misleading and unconfirmed information that can be found everywhere on the internet. We are confident in the high quality and “cleanliness” of our product ingredients and that is why we chose to submit our products to a credible certification resource like Think Dirty.
Bounce Curl advocates for using “clean ingredients” in their products, why is this important for achieving healthy hair?
“Clean ingredients” can have many different connotations. Our clean means that Bounce Curl products won’t contain any known ingredients that can cause cancer or get absorbed into the bloodstream and potentially create illnesses. We also stay up-to-date with ingredient changes. Scientists are regularly developing new solutions that result in better and more innovative preservatives/ingredients for hair products. Bounce Curl will always explore and evaluate these new options. For example, 10-20 years ago, companies were using formaldehyde-releasing preservatives in their cosmetics because that was the only available option for preserving their products. I am a member of the Chemist Society, I stay updated with the development of new, innovative ingredients. Bounce Curl is committed to staying current with the latest and best ingredients that follow green chemistry principles after confirming they perform well in our formulas.
What is your favorite holy grail product from your collection and why?
I have fine textured hair and I love volume. I love to use Bounce Curl Gentle Enzyme Clarifying Shampoo, Super Smooth Conditioner, and Light Crème Gel to style my hair. It provides light hold and lots of volume; it does not weigh down my hair.
The Bounce Curl Alcohol-Free Hairspray was recognized as one of our 2020 BOB products, what are your tips for using hairspray to style your hair?
My best advice is to use it after you have finished styling your hair. To provide hold, spray 2-3 pumps while holding the hairspray 6 inches away from your hair. If you want volume, you can spray a little on your hair pick and pick your roots with it.
What are your tips for healthy hair growth and what challenges to expect along the way?
Healthy hair comes from within. I always recommend eating foods with protein, iron, and zinc. I also suggest using a great hair vitamin with biotin. Bounce Curl Vitamins help my hair tremendously.
Also, do not use heat on your hair. I used to use my hair diffuser at warm heat, but I noticed that it would cause split ends. That caused me to cut my hair more often. Lastly, many women will experience hair loss at one point in their life. This is NORMAL. Do not panic.
In a recent Bounce Curl blog post, here’s a list of reasons for hair loss.
Acute trauma – Surgery, physical injury, or psychological trauma
Diet – Lack of protein, nutritional deficiencies, low vitamin levels, dramatic weight loss.
Hormonal changes – A sudden hormone change, like pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause can commonly cause hair loss in women.
Illnesses – Autoimmune diseases, anemia, PCOS, thyroid issues, skin conditions (such as psoriasis), etc.
Mechanical stress/Chemicals – Certain hair care practices can cause trauma that damages hair follicles, which results in hair loss; for example, permanent color, bleach, or perms. Flat-ironing, curling irons, or blowing out the hair too often causes a similar effect. Wearing your hair in tight ponytails or buns may also exacerbate the issue.
Medications – Thinning hair or hair loss is a possible side effect of some medications or treatments. For example, chemotherapy/radiation.
Stress – Stress and anxiety can cause large clumps of hair to both weaken and fall out, which can eventually lead to bald spots.
It’s important to note that if you are experiencing unexplained and severe hair loss, you should consult with your doctor. They will help you get to the bottom of the issue; it can be temporary or an indication of something else that might be going on.
What are the biggest misconceptions when it comes to caring for curly hair?
There are people with incorrect opinions about oils and butters in hair products. Some people will say they only use water soluble products. I am not sure they realize that, if they use hair creams or conditioners, these include ingredients that are derived from oil such as cetearyl alcohol (which is not water soluble). I do not think that oils and butters are bad for curly hair. They provide slip, shine, and nourish the curls.
On Instagram, I also find trends about certain components. I believe there are many false beliefs regarding them. On my IGTV, I discussed my thoughts about them. Some of these trends advocate ideas I disagree with, such as “proteins are terrible for hair” and “glycerin is the enemy.”
What are some lessons you’ve learned along the way as an entrepreneur?
I have learned to do things that I never thought I would! From making major business decisions to driving a forklift in my warehouse. The biggest lesson I have learned is to be organized. When you own a business, you have about 100 different tasks and jobs, big and small, and sometimes they all seem to need your attention at the same time. In a single day, you might see me cooking things in the lab, moving pallets in the warehouse, picking and packing orders if my employee is out, printing labels, resolving customer service issues, editing videos, taking photos, managing finances, hiring employees, helping other entrepreneurs with questions and the list goes on & on. I have to be organized or else I will become stressed out. To help manage my stress, I love to do yoga at least 2-3 times a week.
Did you have any curly mentors or leaders you looked to when getting into the hair space?
I was very young when I came into the industry and I never had the chance to have mentors. The only mentor figure was my grandmother even though she didn’t have curly hair. But she taught me how to use ayurvedic & middle eastern ingredients in my hair as a kid. When I founded Bounce Curl, I felt like I was always doing the teaching.
Light Moisture line
Medium Moisture line
Extra Moisture line
Stylers (that have no moisture level)
Currently, the Bounce Curl medium moisture line is available. This winter, products will be added to our treatments line and our extra moisture line. I am still working on products for the Bounce Curl light moisture line. Going forward, we will continue to add products to all product lines.
There you have it, What You Should Do If One Side of Your Hair Is Thinner Than the Other
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