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10 things we know about hair loss
No matter how old we’re turning, there is never a birthday that brings about an acceptance of hair loss. Joining the hair thinning brigade or embarking on “the dreaded shred” is an unwelcome process for all, and can often be devastating for some. The enigmatic reasons behind hair loss and thinning can often be misunderstood or unbeknown, but the good news is that there is usually a solution.
1. Stress on your tress
Feeling stressed? Don’t let emotions get the better of your hair! Most of us are aware that stress has a major affect on the body, and our scalp is no exception. We get it, life is stressful and we are often experiencing life at a rate of several WTF’S per hour. The stress of hair loss alone is often enough to cause further hair loss (how backwards is that!?). Being overwhelmed can create havoc with your hormone balance and emotional equilibrium which in turn can lead to hair loss. Handling life’s stressors can be more achievable when you find outlets for relaxation such as meditation, yoga and activities that declare #itsmytime.
2. Tight booty, tight buns
If you’re regularly tying up your hair in tight buns, ponytails or braids, your hair may be thinning as a result of traction alopecia, where the tension caused by a tight hairstyle causes patches of fine or thinning hair. Loosen things up from time to time with a relaxed “I woke up like this” look, totally on trend and received well by your weary mane!
Expert tip from bhave: Skip styling products that make your hair stiff or sticky. Rather opt for softer-hold solutions like styling creams that keep hair moisturised and don’t create friction when brushing.
3. Scratch that (or don’t)
Try to avoid attacking an itchy scalp as excessive scratching could lead to scratching-induced hair damage. If your hair’s cuticle is damaged then the hair fibre is prone to breakage and thus brings on the hair loss. Try bhave’s scalp shampoo helps control uncomfortable, dry, sensitive or irritated scalp.
TIP – Don’t skip conditioner. If you don’t use conditioner, over time hair can become dehydrated which can lead to hair becoming damaged and brittle. Look for lightweight conditioners that moisturise and keep fragile hair strong. Applying the supernova, after a wash will nourish, restore and moisturise your hair before styling.
4. Your hair is what you eat - feed it wisely
If every day was Sunday, we would most likely be rocking a block of Cadbury’s. Though as much as we’d like to live off a diet of chocolate and wine, beautiful hair requires nourishment, both inside and out. Be wary of feeding your body with ingredients that aren’t going to help you and your hair thrive. Don’t forget that hair is made up of protein and therefore it requires plenty of it to grow lush and healthy! The bhave rescue shampoo contains a high dosage of our bio-active keratin which feeds your hair with a moisturising protein to help it grow strong and healthy.
5. Road block in your follicles
If you’re experiencing some out of character hair thinning, then your scalp could be in dire need of some TLC. If your scalp isn’t feeling and looking healthy, then your hair growth is likely to go AWOL too. It’s imperative to your hair’s vitality that you invest in products that are going to help your scalp stay strong. All shampoos are designed to cleanse your scalp of the usual gunk, but using a clarifying shampoo every 2-3 weeks will rid your hair of the more obstinate remnants.
6. Pump up the iron
Additional to everything else we’ve mentioned, a lack in iron can also hit your hair where it hurts. Iron deficiency commonly affects women, especially due to the joys involved with THAT time of the month (wonderful, really). Regardless of which part of the month it is, we suggest you ensure that you are consuming plenty of iron to maintain bhave babe status.
7. Amp up the nutrients
Nutritional deficiencies such as being low in B12 and vitamin D can also slow down hair growth and contribute to hair thinning.
8. The arrival of a small human
The fun of being a woman never stops! Giving birth to you own bundle of magic can often lead to postpartum hair loss for many new mums. It’s 100% normal and nothing to lose sleep (or hair) over. The change of appearance to your tress is because all the hormones that your body was rapidly accumulating in preparation for bub, start to depart. This is going to revert your luscious preggo locks to their normal state, which can often feel dramatic and sometimes cause hair loss in clumps. It’s likely that by the time your baby turns 1, your hair will regress to its former glory.
9. Switching it up
Changing your contraceptive pill can initially throw your hormones, and sometimes your love life out of whack. Pills that contain high levels of progesterone can often encourage hair thinning in women susceptible to hormone hair loss, so speak with your doctor about the nature of your pill before committing to a prescription!
10. Pass it to the pro
If all else fails, your best bet is to see a trichologist. Listen to your body and don’t ignore the signs that your hair has started to thin. They will be able to help you get to the bottom of the problem and offer guidance on how to reclaim your crown!
Now that you’re well informed, be good to your hair and yourself every day because it’s your hair, your life and your rules.