Did you know that hair loss is the number 1 hair concern in the UK? I’ve been there, and maybe you have been too, hair loss sucks. When you’re washing or detangling your hair and clumps are coming out that is a lot more than usual and your noticing your hair getting thinner, you know something is wrong. Hair loss is actually super common and can happen for a variety of reasons.!
For some, hair loss can be a gradual process and you may notice it happening slowly thinning at the top or for others you could begin to lose clumps of hair.
I am also starting to notice my hair thinning of recent but I think this is down to excessive shedding from manipulation. I haven’t been detangling my hair properly before bed and often leaving it in buns causing knots that result in alot of shedding when I do actually detangle my hair properly.
How To Stop Hair Loss
Dieting and Hair Loss
Now I have already written a blog about how to eat your hair healthy and if you haven’t read it yet, I suggest you pause reading this and go and read it now. Click the link here. What you eat has such a massive impact on your hair because it is what fuels your hair to grow. Drinking a lot of water and eating foods containing protein and fatty acids really promote hair strength and growth and can keep your locks looking luscious and long. If you are struggling with hair loss you might want to look at your diet and see if you have made any recent changes that could be impacting your hair.
Scalp Care and Hair Loss
Your hair grows out of your scalp, so its common sense that looking after your scalp can help you to prevent hair loss. You want to make sure you keep product buildup to a minimum. Scalp skin is some of the thickest skin of the body with 5 layers, and it carries more blood than the rest of your skin. Your scalp also contains many sebaceous glands, which produce oil, or sebum, that protects hair. Because of the abundance of sebaceous glands, it’s important to clean your scalp thoroughly. If oil builds up, you can end up with clogged hair follicles or dandruff. Dandruff is caused by bacteria that get trapped in the oil and produce fatty acids that cause itching and swelling. This causes the skin cells on your scalp to replenish more frequently, and flakes of dead skin can get caught in your hair and fall to your shoulders. Too look after your scalp, make sure you give yourself regular scalp massages and use a shampoo brush to really keep it clean. Click here to read more about caring for your scalp.
Avoid Tight Hairstyles
It is easy to put your hair in hairstyles like braids, weave or cornrows which are low maintenance and protective styles. But this can be doing more damage than good. When you are under stress, your hair can become weaker at the root so tight hairstyles like these can pull the hair out and weigh the hair down which will show when you take your hair out. Alternatively, wear your hair in simple plaits or twists or wrapped in a scarf. Protective hairstyles are great but make sure it isn’t tight. Not only are these styles tight but they make it difficult to moisturise your hair which is key to health and length retention.
Your hair is made of keratin, which is a type of protein. Proteins are built from amino acids, which are formed as a result of the reaction of cell enzymes and biotin. The biotin in your body contributes to the production of healthy hair and nails, by providing an essential ingredient in the process of hair growth. There are many ‘vitamins’ that promote hair growth and health such as Sugarbear hair, Perfectil and Hairburst. These include important ingredients such as Biotin which help improve hair growth and strengthen hair. I have used biotin pills before, however, one of my friends showed me there is some other alternative (cheaper) vitamins that can improve hair health, strength and growth such as fish oil pills. The essential omega-3 fatty acids nourish hair at the follicles, where each strand connects to your scalp and can help strengthen the hair reducing breakage and dryness.
I really hope that these tips help you yo combat and prevent hair loss. Your hair is amazing and health is a new beauty so let’s get that healthy happy hair.
– Paris x