Help! My Hair is Thinning in the Crown!

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Thinning Hair in Your Crown

Ideally, the goal is to have a full head of hair without excessive shedding, breakage, or thinning.  Unfortunately, this is often not the case for women’s hair care as hair loss is the most common reason to see a dermatologist.  We’ve discussed in our hair care guide and other blog posts how to combat certain hair issues, but we wanted to make sure our readers get good insight on thinning hair in the crown of the head.  If there’s any confusion as to what the crown is, it’s the middle point on the top of the head.

So, why might you be experiencing thinning in your crown?

Tight Styling

Braids, twists, cornrows and other styles that use synthetic hair tend to be tight on the head and pull on the scalp despite being such cute styles.  That tight styling not only creates thinning edges over time, but the tension can be too much for the crown of the head too.  If you’re experiencing thinning in your crown, think about how tight your styles are and how often you’re getting these tight styles.  Consider asking your hair dresser to tone down the tightness of the braiding and consider using some protective styling in between braiding to give your hair a rest.  Whether or not we care to admit it, our hair does need to breathe from tight styling to remain healthy and keep a healthy scalp!

Chemical Processes

Hair, while relatively strong, is still quite fragile.  Chemical processes like dyes, relaxers, and texturizers not only displace moisture within the hair strand, but also change the structure of the hair, making it weaker and more susceptible to breakage.  If applied incorrectly, these processes may not only damage the scalp, but create a thinning in the crown of the head.  Some of these processes can be too harsh for your hair or scalp even when applied correctly and can still cause thinning in your crown, over time.  If your thinning crown could be related to these chemicals, strongly consider eliminating them from your hair regimen to allow your hair to heal.

Lack of Moisture

Moisture, moisture, moisture.  We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again, moisture is important!  Often, the scalp and the hair in the crown and surrounding areas are neglected when it comes to moisturizing.  What you end up with is a dry area of hair that is not only suffering from splitting, but leads to an unhealthy scalp not allowing for proper growth.  And when a lack of moisture is coupled with other hair issues, it becomes the type of environment where thinning can occur!  Be sure to keep the crown of your hair as well as every part of your hair and scalp moisturized and oiled.

Dermatological Reasons

Everyone’s skin and scalp is different.  While some products may contain known irritants that can cause scalp reactions, you may have an allergy to an ingredient that is generally regarded as safe.  Allergic reactions on your scalp, though uncommon, can lead to hair loss, thinning, and scalp problems.  Other dermatological diseases and conditions, such as a contact dermatitis, may also be responsible for your thinning concerns.  Beware of using any hair products that are not adequately preserved or have been exposed to bacteria.  With this type of thinning, you may also be feeling itchiness and dryness.  To handle this situation, please consult your local dermatologist, who may prescribe special shampoos, steroids, or other remedies.

Diet & Nutrition

Your body needs its nutrients and minerals.  So does your hair and scalp.  If you’re deficient in the nutrients your body needs, this not only takes a toll on your general wellness, but could also reflect in hair loss around your head.  Consult your physician for guidance, ensure your diet contains vegetables and fruits, and consider taking a multivitamin daily.

Genetics & Biology

Male-patterned baldness is common while female patterned baldness is much more uncommon.  This could be due to genetics or other problems related to hormones and may be the culprit in thinning as well.  This option is far less likely, but if you’ve addressed all the above issues, it may be useful to talk with your physician about this possibility.

There are several reasons that could lead to thinning in the crown of your head, most of which are above. Try to identify those reasons in your life and take the steps to eliminate those issues!  You can take control over your hair and its health today!

Thanks for reading!

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– The Team at

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