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