What you can do

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BEAUTY -

There are sev­eral life­style changes and steps you can take to boost hair vol­ume and pre­vent fur­ther hair loss.

1 GET THE RIGHT CUT “One of the best things to do is to visit your hair­dresser and have a cut that helps thicken the end of the hair,” ad­vises stylist Ken­neth Stod­dart. “It is pos­si­ble to make the hair look thicker by chang­ing the part to the op­po­site side or take an un­even stag­gered part, which will give lift and ap­pear fuller.”

2 USE PROD­UCTS “Thick­en­ing sprays and body-build­ing mousses will help to give the hair a ‘fuller’ look,” says Ken­neth.

3 IM­PROVE YOUR DIET “Nu­tri­tion is very im­por­tant in main­tain­ing a healthy hair growth cy­cle,” ex­plains tri­chol­o­gist Si­mone Lee. Whole­grains (for bi­otin and sil­ica), lean pro­tein and green veg­eta­bles can im­prove hair re­gen­er­a­tion, while al­co­hol and caf­feine may have a neg­a­tive ef­fect.

4 EX­ER­CISE “Reg­u­lar ex­er­cise is highly ben­e­fi­cial to our health, but heavy ex­er­cise reg­i­mens are of­ten as­so­ci­ated with dis­rup­tion of the hair growth cy­cle, as the body may be put un­der enor­mous stress,” says Si­mone.

5 CARE FOR YOUR HAIR Harsh chem­i­cals on the scalp and hair, and tight braids or hair ex­ten­sions may fur­ther dam­age the hair strands. Use a soft bris­tle brush gen­tly.

6 MIN­IMISE STRESS “Stress can cause the blood ves­sels to con­strict, which can slow hair growth,” says Si­mone. En­sure you get enough sleep and try med­i­tat­ing or breath­ing tech­niques to man­age stress.

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