From ageing to stress, many things may make men and women experience hair loss. The good news is that there are a variety of solutions that you can introduce to your hair care routine.
Thinning hair and hair loss are the most common hair care concerns out there, especially as we get older. We naturally shed between 50-100 hairs a day, and you probably notice this most when you brush your hair or when you wash it. So, in some cases, hair loss is totally normal.
Sometimes, hair loss goes beyond this. Major body changes, like pregnancy, sudden weight loss and the menopause can trigger thinning hair. Long term stress can have an impact on your wellbeing and may lead to hair loss. Caring for yourself and your health is essential, and we would urge you to speak to your doctor to see what changes could be made.
Here are some of our tips that can be followed at home to help combat hair loss:
1. Scalp massage
When washing your hair, use the tips of your finger - never use your nails – to stimulate blood circulation on your scalp. This increase of blood flow to the hair follicles, helps your hair grow and also improves the texture of your hair, making it thicker and stronger over time.
You can also massage every day, for around 5 minutes, on dry hair without using any oils. Use your fingers to apply pressure in circular motions, making sure you cover your entire scalp.
2. Ditch the chemicals
Using a shampoo, conditioner and hair styling products that are sulphate-free and paraben-free and other nasty chemicals are going to do wonders for your hair. These chemicals can thin your hair, or lead to massive hair loss due to shaft damage. The Freestyle Team offer expert advice on which products to use at home, without breaking the bank.
Hair bleaching agents and chemicals that straighten, perm or lighten your hair should be avoided if your hair is weak. We understand that trying to maintain your natural hair colour may be difficult, especially if you are prone to greys, or if your coloured hair is a lot lighter than your natural roots. It may be necessary to go closer to your real colour.
4. How you wear your hair
While trying different hairstyles makes you feel glam, going overboard on some styles can lead to hair loss. You want to avoid hairstyles that are going to put stress on your hairline, as well as tight braids and ponytails.
5. Eating right
Most of us are conscious about what we put in our bodies, so it performs at its best. Being aware of what foods can keep your hair healthy should be considered too. Vitamin A promotes the production of sebum to your scalp. Foods rich in Vitamin A include cod liver oil, eggs, orange and yellow vegetables and fruits.
Vitamin E improves hair circulation to hair follicles, and foods include vegetable oils, nuts such as almonds, peanuts and hazelnuts and green leafy vegetables. Vitamin B helps in maintaining your hair colour, and these include whole grains, red meat, poultry and fish, and citrus fruits.
6. Keep hydrated
Water is brilliant! Drinking enough water will help support hair growth from root to tip. It also helps with preventing split ends and brittle hair. Keeping hydrated can also improve your scalp, reducing dryness, itchiness or dandruff.
7. Brushing and combing
Using the right toothed comb can significantly help with avoiding hair loss. Using a wide-tooth comb when untangling your hair can substantially reduce hair loss. You should also avoid brushing your hair when it is wet, as this is when it is at its weakest.
Let us care for your hair
The Freestyle Hair Team offer professional recommendations on how to care for your hair to avoid thinning or hair loss. As well as which hair products to use to get salon-quality hair at home. Feel free to get in touch to book your appointment.