We all have an experience of looking down in the shower and panicking at the sight of a big hair lump stuck on the drain. This usually follows by panicking some more while drying our hair with a towel or brushing it and suddenly realizing we have thinning hair

As we get older, we tend to lose some of our hair, its natural thickness and therefore lose overall hair volume. This is usually medically referred to as thinning hair.

Thinning hair might be the result of some serious health condition or just a souvenir of our ancestors’ genes. In any case, it is an extremely unpleasant situation to deal with, decreasing our self esteem and confidence. 

In this article we’ll review the causes and symptoms of thinning hair. We’ll also provide some proven home remedies for it, but mostly we’ll discuss one of the most effective solutions: scalp micropigmentation for thinning hair.

Thinning hair’s cause

Thinning hair is mostly moderate hair loss. However thinning hair will not necessarily result in baldness unlike acute hair loss.

One good thing about thinning hair is that it usually happens gradually, therefore you have enough time to diagnose and treat it.

female thinning hair
Studies show that having thinning or no hair on top can significantly increase your chance of developing some skin cancers, particularly squamous cell carcinomas and basal cell carcinomas. This is mostly due to sun exposure.

In order to prevent or treat thinning hair, you must first know the scientific reasons behind it. Thinning hair is usually the result of teamwork between genetics and lifestyle habits.

The following are some of the most important causes of thinning hair:

Genetic thinning hair

Genetics is the strongest cause in most thinning hair cases. This means that you’ve gotten it either from your maternal side or paternal or unluckily enough, from both sides.

Genetic hair loss usually shows up as thinning hair in women and as baldness in men. If you are wondering how genetic thinning hair works, this is the process:

Because of specific genes in some people, the hair follicles become sensitive to the male sex hormones (aka adrogens). Meaning when they come in contact with it, the hair growth slows down or even stops, causing thinning hair. 

Battling with genetic thinning hair is like a fist fight. The stronger the genes’ fist, the lesser your chance is to win. Though you may have options of treating it if your genes’ fist isn’t that strong.


Some diseases cause thinning hair as a major side effect. For instance:

  • Thyroid 
  • Lupus
  • Hashimoto’s Disease
  • Psoriasis
  • Graves’ Disease
  • Crohn’s Disease and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • PCO or Polycystic ovary syndrome 

Life changes

Sometimes people go through changes in their life that can not be classified as habits but they can have a major impact on health conditions, for instance childbirth, breastfeeding, extreme weight loss or stopping birth control pills.

Lifestyle and habits

This one is a pretty important factor in causing thinning hair, especially if you don’t have genetic hair loss or if your genetic thinning hair is not super strong, habits and lifestyle should be definitely considered as an important cause.

Food and diet

When we talk about lifestyle, usually eating habits come to mind and indeed they are truly effective. Some of the eating habits that affect your hair include:

Eating unhealthy food: we’ve all heard of this one pretty much throughout our entire life and pretty much for many health problems. But in the thinning hair case, it means foods that are not rich enough in iron, folic acid and minerals or worse, foods that cause deficiency of the mentioned. These items help follicles produce hair naturally.

Beauty habits: Dying your hair too much or using too many beauty products on your hair can ultimately result in thinning hair, especially in women. In addition to chemical products, pulling your hair really high and tight can be an unhealthy hair habit.


Stress could be categorized both in lifestyle and diseases, especially if it’s serious in some people such as anxiety disorders or clinical depression.

Now we cannot emphasize this one enough, stress is a major cause of thinning hair. Actually it is pretty much a major factor in most health issues. Some people even experience sudden hair loss after they go through a major stressful life event such as losing someone.

Symptoms of thinning hair

If you see any of these signs, then it might be worth it to visit a dermatologist or physician:

Gradual thinning on top of head

This is the most common type of hair loss, affecting people as they age. In men, hair often begins to recede on the forehead at the hairline. Women usually have a broadening of the part in their hair. An increasingly common hair loss pattern in older women is a receding hairline also known as frontal fibrosing alopecia.

Circular or patchy bald spots

Some people lose hair in circular or patchy bald spots on the scalp (in some cases even in the beard and eyebrows).

Skin irritation

If Your skin has become itchy or painful for no apparent reason, this might be another symptom of thinning hair. You might experience hair falling out soon.

Sudden loosening of hair

Some people experience loosening of hair, especially after a physical or emotional trauma. This can even escalate to high amounts of hair falling while combing, washing or pulling your hair into a ponytail. This type of thinning hair usually solves itself after the trauma goes away. However it might be a good idea to visit your doctor urgently if you see this symptom. 

Full-body hair loss

Some conditions and medical treatments, such as chemotherapy for cancer, can result in the loss of hair all over your body. The hair usually grows back.

Patches of scaling that spread over the scalp

This is a sign of a ringworm. It may come with by broken hair, redness, swelling and sometimes oozing.

Natural hair parting is starting to widen

This is mostly noticeable in women. If you feel like parting your hair shows too much of the scalp in comparison to before, this could be a symptom of thinning hair.

Hair fall out at a much higher rate than normal

According to the medical statistics, losing about 50 to 100 hair strands per day is pretty normal. However if you feel that this amount has changed, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on your hair to make sure everything is ok.

About 80-90% of our hair is growing at all times and the remaining 10-15% is in a resting phase, meaning it doesn’t grow or fall out. This resting hair sheds or falls every two or three months, allowing new hairs to grow in their place. Therefore losing up to 200 hair strands per day is perfectly normal.

How to prevent thinning hair

The following are recommendations for preventing hair thinning. If you are already experiencing heavy thinning hair, it is best to see a doctor and start hair loss treatments. Hair loss prevention methods might be too subtle for you at this point.

  • Include more protein packed foods in your daily diet
  • Let your hair down a few days a week and allow for natural drying of hair instead of blow drying.
  • Include enough iron and vitamin D, A and B12 in your diet.
  • Take stress seriously. Start working on your stress levels. The easiest place to start would be taking yoga and meditation classes. 
  • Wash your hair regularly to keep the scalp healthy and fresh. Use mild shampoos and don’t tug your hair harshly while washing it.

If you are already suffering from thinning hair …

If you have thinning hair in moderate form, then prevention methods or lifestyle changes are probably not enough for you at all. At this point the biggest concern is usually to cover up the thinning hair and areas without hair. We have a complete blog post on surgical hair loss treatments and non surgical hair loss options, but here we’ll focus on scalp micropigmentation for thinning hair, since it is non surgical and has proved highly effective.

Scalp micropigmentation for thinning hair

Scalp micropigmentation is in fact a cosmetic hair tattoo which inserts pigments into the first layer of the skin, creating the effect of hair follicles on the scalp. If it is done in enough volume, it will give the illusion of hair or shaved hair to the client. 

SMP for thinning hair is done in about 3 sessions, it is cost effective and doesn’t have any down time. You can get the effect you need and walk right out of the door. 

scalp micropigmentation for thinning hair
Scalp micropigmentation for thinning hair in men
scalp micropigmentation before and after results
Scalp micropigmentation for thinning hair in women

Other treatments for thinning hair

There are various options for treating thinning hair.

Non surgical treatments for thinning hair include:

  • Medications for hair loss such as Minoxidil
  • Cosmetic hair loss treatment
  • Mesotherapy
  • Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
  • Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP)
  • Lifestyle changes including Nutrition and dieting, Hair care, Natural supplements and boosters

Surgical options for treating thinning hair include:

  • Hair transplant
  • Scalp reduction for hair loss
  • Rotational flap surgery
  • Tissue expansion

Each category has its own pros and cons. We suggest reading about them carefully before making an appointment for one.

Frequently asked questions about SMP for thinning hair 

Now we know that choosing a treatment for your hair loss is not an easy job. Although we have lots of content on scalp micropigmentation, we have also decided to list a couple of questions about SMP for thinning hair. In our experience many of the clients have these questions beforehand. If you have other questions as well, make sure to contact us through email or the chat box below the page to get the answers you need. 

Does Scalp Micropigmentation for Thinning hair have side effects?

Scalp micropigmentation for thinning hair is one of the safest methods for treating hair loss. The only possible side effect might be allergies to the pigments. However if you have a history of allergies, you can ask the tattoo artist to do a test patch before starting the whole process. 

After the procedure you might also experience some redness and inflammation on your scalp, which is completely normal and will go away after the SMP healing process is over.

Does Scalp Micropigmentation for Thinning hair work for both men and women?

Most people think that scalp micropigmentation or hair tattooing is just for men. That is odd though since mostly women care about their hair more than men, right? 

Scalp micropigmentation for thinning hair can be done on both males and females.However as mentioned earlier, thinning hair is mostly seen in women and men usually experience it as baldness. In any case it can be done on both genders. If you want to do SMP and keep your hair long, you should also make sure that it will look natural on you. 

Does scalp micropigmentation cause hair loss?

This is a question we get a lot from our clients. Even people who are suffering from extreme hair loss and mostly bald are worried that SMP might damage the remaining of their hair. But we can safely assure you that scalp micropigmentation will not in any harmful way affect your existing hair. As a matter of fact it can even have a positive impact on it. Here’s the science behind it:

The human Skin has three layers:

  • The epidermis which is the outermost layer of skin. Epidermis provides a waterproof barrier and creates our skin tone.
  • The dermis which is beneath the epidermis. Dermis layer contains strong connective tissue, hair follicles, and sweat glands.
  • The hypodermis which is the deepest layer. It contains subcutaneous tissue made of fat and connective tissue.

As you can see the hair follicles are located in the second layer of the skin, whereas in scalp micropigmentation, the needles only penetrate the first layer of the skin. So they never even reach near the follicles. Therefore it will not harm your existing hair or cause more hair loss. In our experience SMP for thinning hair has even an effect close to microneedling for hair loss. 

sweet spot or perfect depth for SMP
The pigments are inserted in first layer of the skin or the shallowest one, marked as the “sweet spot” in the illustration above.

How can I hide my scalp with thin hair with a hair tattoo?

Absolutely. People who have thinning hair are usually embarrassed by their scalp skin showing. This usually happens because the hair volume decreases drastically especially with age and the scalp is visible.  However you might be able to cover it up with scalp micropigmentation. In order to make sure that is doable, we suggest you read our post on Norwood and Ludwig scale. These are scales that show the degree of hair loss. You can use them to make sure SMP will look natural on your head. For instance if you have hair thinning at the front of your head, then SMP with long hair probably won’t look pleasant. It’s better if you shave your whole head and do SMP. But hair thinning at the crown can be nicely covered with scalp micropigmentation.

Which one is better, scalp micropigmentation for thinning hair or transplant? 

Before you tire yourself with this question, you must first check to see if you are a candidate for hair transplant, because not everyone is eligible to do hair transplant. If you are not a candidate then your problem is solved. Usually if you have moderate hair loss in the front of your head and have enough donor hair, Hair transplant will work for you.

Now if you have thinning hair at the crown (back of the head), scalp micropigmentation will most likely be your best bet.

Now it might be interesting for you to know that some people choose to do both hair transplant and scalp micropigmentation for thinning hair, and that is to cover the scar of surgery on the scalp. 


So there you have it: everything you need to know about scalp micropigmentation for thinning hair. We discussed causes of thinning hair, its symptoms and possible methods to treat it, especially scalp micropigmentation. Once you know the causes and symptoms you can catch it early and start treating it in an efficient way. 

If you are considering scalp micropigmentation for thinning hair, we suggest you check out our gallery. We have a section dedicated to before and after images of scalp micropigmentation for thinning hair. Also you can check this booking link to see our prices and payment methods at ELKA SMP.