Why hair loss isn’t al­ways some­thing to get stressed about

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - FASHION / BEAUTY - ÷ Keris Weir, MG Hair Bou­tique, 153e Union Street, Lur­gan, tel: 028 3832 5543 KerisWeir

As the sum­mer ap­proaches and the weather changes, an in­creas­ing num­ber of women are rais­ing con­cerns about hair loss.

The good news is that in nine out of 10 cases, it is per­fectly nor­mal.

Our hair sheds in cy­cles ev­ery three to six months — and usu­ally around this time of year.

At any one time, one-third of our hair is shed­ding, one-third is grow­ing and the other third is stay­ing put.

Es­pe­cially in the shower, peo­ple be­come alarmed when they see the hairs that are left be­hind after wash­ing, and this will ap­pear even worse if you have coarse hair.

The truth is that we all lose about 100 hairs a day. Usu­ally this is un­no­ticed be­cause it ends up in our hair­brush and in the shower.

But dur­ing the nat­u­ral shed­ding cy­cle, we will lose twice that ev­ery few months.

There are so many myths about hair loss, which can be alarm­ing. The worst thing peo­ple can do is to go onto Google.

Every­one is dif­fer­ent and most peo­ple can man­age hair loss by fol­low­ing a few sim­ple steps at this time of the year.

If you are con­cerned and your hair loss seems pro­longed, I would ad­vise that you talk first of all to your hair­dresser.

It could be some­thing as sim­ple as your diet and a lack of vi­ta­mins.

Caffeine-based sham­poos are great for help­ing re­store nu­tri­ents in the hair, and there is a wide range of them on the mar­ket, from bud­get buys to more ex­pen­sive sa­lon sham­poos.

It is also good to wash your hair in luke­warm or cool wa­ter. Hot wa­ter can dry out the hair and cooler wa­ter will stim­u­late the scalp more.

A good hair and nail sup­ple­ment full of for­ti­fy­ing nu­tri­ents can help re­duce hair loss and help keep hair healthy.

When styling your hair, don’t use any wands or straight­en­ers heated to over 180 de­grees. Wash­ing your hair ev­ery day is not good for it be­cause you are strip­ping it of its nat­u­ral oils. Ide­ally, it should be ev­ery two to three days.

For any­one with fine, lank hair, dry sham­poos are great for adding vol­ume and body and can help pro­long the wash­ing time. I would also rec­om­mend that you get your hair trimmed ev­ery six weeks. This is a ques­tion I am asked of­ten in the sa­lon.

Every­one’s growth is dif­fer­ent, but it is im­por­tant that the dead ends are trimmed off the hair reg­u­larly be­cause they are very brit­tle and can snap fur­ther up into the healthy hair and leave your hair with strag­gly ends.

At this time of the year, it is also good to use a mask once a week. This will help hy­drate and nour­ish the hair com­ing into the sum­mer months.

Fi­nally, if you feel your hair is shed­ding more than usual, don’t panic. In most cases, it is per­fectly nat­u­ral. Your hair­dresser can check for patch­ing, and in nine out of 10 cases hair loss is nor­mal.

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