Thinning hair is normal. In fact, you can lose anywhere between 50 to 100 hairs a day. Often, you won’t notice this type of hair loss – it’s only when you look at your hair brush or have the unpleasant chore of unclogging the shower that you really notice how much hair you’re losing.
You may find you hair is thinning more at different stages of your life; after pregnancy, during the menopause, post-surgery or following an illness. Most hair loss is temporary and will grow back, but it is a good idea to visit your GP if you’re concerned or you see any drastic changes in your hair.
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The changing seasons can have a lasting effect on your hair’s condition and thickness. In the summer, chlorinated pools, air conditioning and the sun can all leave hair prone to breakage, which can make it feel noticeably thinner. The winter months provide little respite too, with high winds, cool weather and central heating all causing damage which can lead to hair loss.
Lifestyle aside, studies show that hair thinning can be seasonal. You might notice your hair falling out more during the autumn months and also in the spring, with seasonal hair shedding affecting more women than men.
Stranded Tip: Adapt your hair care routine to reflect the changing seasons by using heat protection in the winter and lavish oil-infused shampoos and conditioners, in the winter. Regular trims will also keep your hair healthier, for longer, while thickening shampoos can help strengthen fragile hair.
Heat styling tools like hairdryers, curling wands and straighteners can all leave hair dry, weak and prone to breakage. When you use them regularly, you may find your hair thinning out more and showing signs of irreversible damage.
Stranded Tip: Consider lowering the heat dial on your styling tools or, better yet, skip heat styling altogether. If you can’t forgo the hair dryers or straighteners, make sure you use a heat protection spray to give your hair the protection it needs.
Brushing your hair can stimulate your scalp and encourage hair growth, but If you’re finding worrying amounts of hair tangled into your brush, it could be time to re-think your tools and your technique. Consider switching to asoft bristle brush, which will help distribute your hair’s natural oils and leave it silky smooth.
Stranded Tip: Always start by brushing out your ends and making your way up the hair shaft, carefully detangling knots as you go. Remember, your hair is always at its most vulnerable when it’s wet so, after showers, brush hair with a wide tooth comb and use a detangling spray to minimise breakage.
While you may not directly associate hair thinning with stress, it can be a common side effect of living a stressful lifestyle. Research has shown that stressful circumstances trigger higher levels of cortisol, known as the stress hormone, in the body. High levels of cortisol can, over time, inhibit other hormones in the body that promote hair growth, leading to thinner hair.
Stranded tip: Improving your overall wellbeing and reducing lifestyle factors that spike your cortisol levels is the key to improving stress-related hair thinning. Exercise, supplements and getting enough sleep can all create a more balanced lifestyle and help you balance cortisol levels.
Healthy, full hair starts from within. Thinning hair can be a sign of a deficiency or lack of Vitamin D, B12 or protein. Because protein keratin is particularly important in the structure of your hair, it’s an important part of your diet where your hair is concerned.
Stranded Tip: Focus on getting your nutrients from your food first, but if you’re struggling to maintain a balanced diet, consider adding in some supplements.
Did you know that around as much as 80% of all permanent hair loss is genetic? It’s worth discussing if male or female pattern hair loss runs in your family. How early you may start to lose your hair will also depend on how good your hair genes are.
Alternatively, the condition alopecia areata, which causes hair to fall out in small patches, is caused by an autoimmune disorder. Other conditions that cause hair to thin, include Traction alopecia, which can be brought on by repetitive hair practices. Tight braids, ponytails, can cause gradual thinning by repetitively putting tension and stress on the hair follicles, which can cause a thinning hairline and bald patches across your scalp.
Stranded Tip: Loosen ponytails to stop them from pulling too tight on the hair and ask your hairdresser to ensure that any hair braids or weaves are installed loosely. When it comes to wearing yourclip-in extensions, slightly change the position of each section every time you wear them, to avoid repetitive tension on the same section of hair.
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