A guide to treating hair loss
Hair loss is a part of everyday life and in most instances it's totally normal. There are so many potential triggers for hair loss which means it can be tricky to pinpoint why your losing hair and what the best remedies are to resolve or ease the situation. Don’t worry though, all is not lost! Whether your hair loss is the result of a health condition or pattern baldness, it turns out that there are things you can do to prevent hair loss and we’ve put a few of our favourites together to guide you through.
Types of hair loss
Generally there are two different types of hair loss:Genetic: If you see a progressive, gradual reduction in hair volume, odds are you’re genetically predisposed to thinning. In these instances, certain hair follicles are sensitive to male hormones – and this sensitivity causes the follicles to gradually shrink and produce slightly finer and shorter hairs with each passing growth cycle.
Reactive: This means your hair loss is the result of a trigger; it occurs due to an internal imbalance or upset such as nutritional deficiency, severe stress, crash dieting or illness.
Hair loss triggers
Not many people know that hair loss can be triggered by a variety of external and internal factors. We’ve identified a few things you’re probably not aware of that might be causing you to lose your locks:
Hormone imbalance: This can lead to many annoying health and beauty issues throughout the whole body (and of course, that includes your hair). This puts those with conditions such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (an endocrine disorder) at greater risk of hair loss.
Stress: Perhaps you’ve heard it said that stress can literally make your hair fall out. Well, you’ve heard right! Stress often raises androgen (male hormone) levels, which in turn precipitate hair loss.
Iron Deficiency: One of the biggest causes of hair loss iron is essential for producing hair cell protein, without it, your strands will suffer.
Thyroid: Having an over or underactive thyroid is another leading cause of hair loss, as the thyroid gland helps to regulate the body’s metabolism by controlling the production of proteins and tissue, therefore affecting both hair shaft and follicle growth. Also, hypothyroidism can be linked to iron deficiency which as we’ve just discovered certainly impacts on hair.
Vitamin B12 Deficiency: A lack of vitamin B12 affects the health of red blood cells which carry oxygen to your hair tissues.
Weight loss: Whether intentional or not, dramatic weight loss commonly causes hairs to fall out in excess. A steep drop on the scales can seriously impact your tresses.
Ageing: As we get older, our hair naturally gets finer; it’s totally normal and nothing can really be done about it. Taking better care of what you have with a regular BRH salon treatment will mean you will always look and feel your best.
Hair loss fixes and treatments
Now you know what's causing it, here's how to deal with it.
Never ignore the problem – Hair loss doesn’t just happen overnight; it can take as long as three months to fall out after a trigger occurs. However, if you notice excessive daily shedding for longer than this, please visit your GP as it could indicate an underlying health issue that needs attention.
Make changes to your diet – Eating more protein and healthy complex carbohydrates works wonders on relieving the symptoms of hair loss if your diet is the cause of hair loss.
Take supplements – Alongside a healthy, balanced diet supplements can be very helpful in boosting levels of vitamins and minerals available to your follicles. Look out for products containing the following ingredients: Iron, Vitamin C, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D3, Copper, Zinc, Selenium and essential amino acids such as L-Lysine and L-Methionine.
Style savvily – Yes, that messy topknot may look cool but it could be stressing out your strands. Avoid styles that put too much strain on the hair and follicles, as well as heavy styling creams and serums which add unnecessary weight.
Don't freak out – Losing your hair can leave you feeling stressed, but it’s incredibly important to realise how common hair loss is – in men and women. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about and with a few simple lifestyle adjustments you’re sure to see improvements across the board in no time!
Free Salon Consultation
If hair loss is an issue for you we advise you consult with your GP first to clarify any underlining health issues that may be the causing hair loss and what they prescribe treating these with. Follow this up with a FREE BENJAMIN RYAN SALON CONSULTATION with one of our expert stylists to discuss how we can help get your hair back on track!