Losing your hair is one of the most traumatic things someone can go through and sadly more and more women are experiencing hair loss than ever before. But it's hard to know what to actually do when you are losing your hair and how to stop the shed from getting any worse.
With this in mind we thought we’d focus this week’s article on what steps you should take if you think you’re suffering from or are starting to see hair loss (be it stress, FPHL, Covid related etc.)
First And Foremost ALWAYS See a Doctor
Your hair is a great marker for your overall health, so if you suspect you are suffering from hair loss then it’s imperative you check there’s no underlying causes, such as your gut, hormones, or even your thyroid.
By seeing a qualified Medical Professional you can not only pinpoint what may be causing your hair loss but also may be able to come up with a good action plan to treat it.
Eat More Protein
Your hair is made up of 80–90 % protein and is dependent on it to thrive, so by increasing your protein consumption you’re giving your hair the exact ingredients it needs to sustain itself.
Eat protein at each meal and aim to eat 3 meals a day. Vegans especially need to make sure they are combining in their food properly, for example grains and pulses should be combined together to ensure you get your full quota of amino acids which are the building blocks of protein.
Wear Loose Hairstyles
We all know extensions can cause traction alopecia but did you know any hairstyle if repeated day after day can actually have the same effect. So, if you're constantly pulling your hair into that ponytail, you may want to rethink it. If you do need to have your hair up for work, look at options like 'Pony O' instead of elastic band ties as these are far less pulling on your hair.
Check Your Vitamin Levels
Vitamins D and B12 are essential when it comes to your hair. Low levels or deficiencies in these vitamins could slow your hair growth rate or cause thinning but did you know most women in the U.K. and across Europe are considered to be deficient in Vitamin D?? (Thanks Blighty!)
Ask your doctor to test your vitamin levels before taking any supplements so you know exactly what ones you may need to take and which ones you can skip.
Check Your Iron
Low iron levels can result in hair thinning. Including more red meat in your diet or taking an iron supplement may help resolve the issue but do this ONLY AFTER consultation with a qualified Medical Professional. Iron supplements can be extremely dangerous if not life threatening if taken in the wrong dose so it’s always worth checking before you do anything with them.
Take Good Care of Your Scalp
Try using products that will exfoliate the scalp. It will help loosen build-up and will stimulate new growth (check out Our Purifying Scalp Scrub if you haven’t already which is specifically designed for this purpose!) You may also want to try incorporating a scalp massage into your hair regimen. Scalp massages have been found to improve circulation to the scalp, which can help stimulate hair growth and reduce stress. We recommend doing a simple scalp massage every time you shampoo as it'll quickly turn into a routine and part of your shampooing process making it easier to remember to do!
Condition Condition Condition
Without conditioner, your hair can easily become dehydrated, brittle, and damaged over time leaving your hair looking thin and emphasising any hair loss you may have.
A lightweight conditioner will help moisturize and keep fragile hair strong. A top tip for using a daily conditioner is to only use it on the ends of your hair and not on your roots – this way you avoid the limp, flat feeling while ensuring you get maximum benefits. You also want to invest in a more intense conditioning treatment and look to do this once every week or so to ensure you are optimising your hair care and keeping your existing hair in tiptop condition (hello Our Healthy Hair Mask).
Your hair is a reflection of your health, so if you're skipping exercise or eating a lot of junk food, your hair may be trying to tell you something. Make sure to stay hydrated, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly. Stress contributes to hair loss too, so try to stay cool, calm, and collected. A great way to de-stress and aid your hair growth is by taking a bath with Epsom salts. The magnesium in the salts helps relax muscle tension, aids healthy sleep, and relieves stress. Plus it’s actually easier to absorb magnesium through your skin than it is to take orally. so if these are factors contributing to your hair loss they should help mitigate them.
Consider a Topical Treatment
If you do have hair loss and want to take a more proactive approach then it’s absolutely worth considering using topical treatments. Our Hair Growth Elixir not only has scientifically backed ingredients but is how our Founder regrew her hair after severe loss from an autoimmune disease (so you know you're in safe hands!)
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