Changing hair part to reduce thinning: great or terrible idea?

large forehead due to thinning of hair

  • No. Changing your hair’s part won’t help you reduce thinning. It’ll just give you a different look and add volume.
  • Hair thinning isn’t related to where you part your hair. So, even if you change your parting, the problem will persist.
  • Instead of trying to hide the problem by changing your parting, you should look for the reasons why your hair is thinning out. Only then will you be able to find a solution to the problem.


In my salon, many women ask me if changing their hair’s part will reduce thinning.

This idea has been around as a kind of myth among people for some time now.

But I have to tell you that  it isn’t the real solution to thinning hair. 

I wish it were that simple.


If you change your hair’s part, you won’t reduce thinning. Instead, it’ll change up your look.

It’s a good alternative if your hair sticks to your scalp because your roots will be upright and add more volume.


 Unbelievably, thinning happens to many women, with different hair types, different shapes, and lengths. 

There are many reasons for thinning hair, and the solutions are different in each case.


Your hair may be thinning at the ends. Alternatively, it may be thinner from the mid-lengths down. Also, all your hair may be thinning.

In this article, we’ll analyze the causes of thinning for each particular case one by one and the options to solve it.

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Situation 1: The ends and mid-lengths are thinning

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If you notice that your ends or mid-lengths are thinning, don’t be shocked!

It’s most likely due to hair breakage instead of total hair loss.


You may feel that your hair is thinning. However, it may suffer breakage, and that’s why it feels thinner.

This is fantastic news. Hair breakage isn’t treated in the same way as hair loss, which is more worrisome. 

Unbelievably, hair breakage is quite frequent. Your hair may be so brittle and dry that ends up breaking.


 Other thinning cases are due to keratin treatments or formaldehyde straightening.  These harmful formulas end up thinning the hair irreversibly.

In most cases and depending on the length, this happens from the mid-lengths to the ends of the hair.


 That’s why changing your hair’s part doesn’t solve the thinning problem. It just adds a bit of volume to your hairstyle,  and makes it look different from the usual way.

Still, you can do much more to prevent thinning and to regain lost volume.


What can you do to stop your hair from thinning?

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  • Don’t expose your hair to formaldehyde treatments because they damage and thin the hair noticeably.


  • Ask your stylist to give you a good haircut. Straight cuts are the most appropriate in cases of thinning. Alternatively, a shaggy cut will make your hair look even thinner.


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  • Don’t do tight ponytails or hairstyles that pull the scalp. They can split your fragile hair. If you have to tie your hair back for any reason, do it with rubber bands and fabric materials.


  • Avoid hair dyes and bleach on already bleached hair. Only do root touch-ups and don’t overexpose all of your hair. Remember that bleached hair is more prone to breakage.


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  • Avoid excessive heat on fragile hair. When styling your hair for an event, always use a heat protectant. This will prevent breakage and subsequent thinning.


  • Take the time to do restorative treatments and use specific products for fine hair. You can use a thickening shampoo to add volume and an anti-breakage or strengthening shampoo to avoid breakage. Take the following into account:


wash with sulfate-free shampoo

  • If your hair is naturally fine, I recommend alternating the thickening shampoo with the strengthening shampoo.


  • If your hair is normal to coarse, I recommend only using an anti-breakage or strengthening shampoo.

Inforcer by L’Oréal Professionel is an ideal anti-breakage formula and is formulated for hair that is thinning and breaking at the mid-lengths and ends.


As you may have noticed,  changing the parting of your hair doesn't solve the thinning problem. However, there’s lots you can do to keep your hair from thinning from mid-lengths to ends. 

Now let's see what you can do if all your hair is thinning.


Situation 2: All your hair is thinning

We have already seen that changing your hair’s part doesn’t solve the problem of thinning hair. It can only change your look and add volume. You can do many things to prevent your hair from thinning from mid-lengths to ends.

In turn,  if you notice that your hair is thinning from the root, you should consult a dermatologist because the causes could be different. 

It could be temporary or a symptom of a more specific problem.


Menopause, habit changes, stress, vitamin deficiency, or a strict diet can influence the thinning of your hair.

 These internal and hormonal changes aren’t solved at the hairdresser's, or by changing the hair’s part. Instead, you should get specific medical treatments. 


If you notice that your whole hair is thinning, you should ask a dermatologist who will investigate the causes and find the best solution.



Now you know that changing your hair’s part won’t reduce thinning hair. The only thing you’ll achieve by changing the parting from left to right, from right to left, or from side to center is to hide or delay the real problem.

The best thing to do is to start looking into the real causes of your thinning hair to find a solution.

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