How Hair Thinning And Loss Affects My Clients With Xavier Velasquez

How Hair Thinning And Loss Affects My Clients With Xavier Velasquez

Wondering if it’s safe to color hair that’s thinning or shedding? Need tips for styling hair while regrowing? Female hair loss is nuanced and emotional, bringing with it a multitude of questions about hard-to-pinpoint causes and how to move forward. And when we first start to notice more hair in the shower drain, one of the first people we turn to is our stylist. Part beauty maker–part therapist, our stylist is often one of the most knowledgeable resources. We tapped into our Virtue® stylist ambassadors to get their expert insight and reassure you––you’re not alone. Expert Stylist Xavier Velasquez weighs in.

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Is hair loss or thinning among your clients common?

Hair loss is fairly common among my clients, but not always talked about or addressed.

Why do you think this is?

We’re living in chaotic times, so hair loss is a side effect of that. I think it’s not addressed because there is certain shame or insecurity around it.

Have you seen an increase as of late in hair loss among clients?

Yes, whether it’s a side effect from past COVID trauma or just added stress, hair loss has definitely increased among my clients.

Are you hearing from them any common remedies or things they’ve tried on their own? Any common trends?

I hear people say they are styling less when they experience hair loss. Also, I’ve seen that people often take supplements for a month or two and then stop when results aren’t seen.

Do you feel your clients are emotionally affected by hair thinning or loss?

Yes, I think hair is something that carries a lot of emotion, so when hair starts to thin inexplicably, it definitely takes a toll.

In what ways do you see them or their attitude transform when they see progress with growth and thickness?

When a client feels any sense of restoration through hair gain, their confidence is up ten fold. Even with baby hairs and new growth, it gives the feeling of hope, thus making them feel happy and confident.

Any advice on caring for fine or thinning hair?

Be kind not only to your hair but also to yourself. Nourishing hair with a great conditioner on the ends prevents further stress to the strands. Treat yourself to a little head massage––circulation promotes blood flow to the follicle. And try to eat a healthy, balanced diet. Getting healthy, thick hair is a job on the inside just as much as it is on the outside.

What tips and tricks do you have for styling fine or thinning hair?

Low heat! Start with lightweight products like Healing Oil and Flourish® Volumizing Styler, and blow dry on low-to-medium heat; it helps keep fullness. Applying too much heat, especially at roots, collapses volume.

As a stylist, how do you treat hair that's thinning or shedding?

With hair that’s thinning or shedding, I really try and be mindful of the products being used, but also the amount of physical tension I’m applying while brushing or combing.

In what ways do you get creative to give the illusion of more or fuller hair, or to protect existing hair?

I typically do an in-depth consultation to come up with a game plan to create the illusion of more hair. Cutting hair slightly more blunt, cutting bangs, or creating face-framing layers can give them the illusion of fullness.

About Xavier


Xavier Velasquez is a sought after hair stylist at the renowned Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon in New York City, as well as a Virtue ambassador alongside Creative Director Adir Abergel. Xavier's gift for natural, effortless, and sophisticated style has made him a coveted choice for creating looks for Fashion Week runways, magazine editorials, global ad campaigns, and red carpet events.

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