Clients often ask their hairdressers this difficult question – “how can I prevent hair loss?”
There are numerous causes of this common complaint. It affects both men and women, and can vary in severity. The good news is that there is a variety of ways you can treat and prevent it.
If you can relate to clogged shower drains, styling your hair to hide patches, or a comb that looks like you have groomed a labrador, you need to read on! Follow our simple tips for healthy hair and minimise your chances of hair loss.
Finding the root cause of hair loss
Hair loss can occur for a multitude of reasons, some of which remain a mystery. It does help to try and establish the cause to minimise and prevent hair loss in the future. If you are experiencing hair loss for the first time, a good initial step is to take a trip to your GP and rule out any medical conditions. Auto immune diseases, fungal infections, and certain medications are uncommon causes of hair loss, but should be ruled out, and treated accordingly.
Other common causes of hair loss can be lifestyle related, such as wearing hair tied up too tightly, or hair that is pulled and tugged on (sometimes subconsciously.) In some cases, it’s a simple case of genetics; you can thank your ancestors for your patchy scalp!
Many women in the post-partum stage will empathise with the hair loss phenomenon. As if you didn’t have enough to deal with between a colicky baby and a recovering body, parenthood also takes a toll on your hair!
Other causes of sudden hair loss can be because of crash diets and subsequent rapid weight loss, hormonal fluctuations, emotional stress and illness.
Treating hair loss
In some cases (like childbirth) hair loss is a temporary condition that will resolve on its own, usually within a few months. If there is a medical cause for your hair loss, your doctor will be able to advise you on appropriate treatment.
There are several specialist shampoos and other hair products that can assist with treating hair loss. Have a chat with your hair stylist for expert advice on the right product for your hair. If the cause of your hair loss is due to an external factor like stress or dieting, dealing with the underlying cause will usually result in restoration of your normal hair growth.
As with most things, the most effective way to deal with hair loss is prevention. There are a few measures you can take to help ensure you have a happy and healthy scalp, for optimal hair growth.
Prevent hair loss
Prevention is always better than cure. Some factors are beyond our control, making hair loss inevitable. However, you can drastically minimise your chances of hair loss by following these simple steps:
Don’t stretch your hair
Overly tight ponytails, plaits and similar hairstyles can cause long term trauma and damage. Allow your hair to be free and unrestricted whenever possible. Keep your hair tied loosely and avoid heavy extensions that will pull on your roots.
Look after your scalp
A lot of hair problems can be traced back to the scalp. After all, it is where the hair originates from! A regular professional scalp massage using warm oils can help loosen dead skin cells that prohibit hair growth, as well as investing in a salon quality shampoo and conditioner with gentle cleansing agents.
Look after yourself
If you are experiencing hair loss, you need to evaluate your lifestyle for possible causes. How are your stress levels? Are you eating a balanced diet? Meditation, yoga and other stress reducing activities that have a calming effect can help balance your whole body, including your hair growth.
Find the right product
Many commercial hair products claim to help prevent and reverse hair loss – but not all are created equal. Have a chat with your hair stylist for expert advice on the right product for your hair.
Protect your hair
Humidity and prolonged UV exposure can have a damaging effect on your hair, as can excessive styling tools and chemicals. These hazards can lead to hair loss. Use a protein treatment, quality shampoo, and protect your hair with hats and swim caps in the pool. Colour your hair with the guidance of a professional to avoid long term chemical damage.
Check your habits
Sometimes, people twirl (or pull on) their hair without even realising it. Over time, this can lead to breakage and hair loss. This is one habit you don’t want to fall into, so pay attention to the possibility of idle hands!
Key points to prevent hair loss
- Hair loss is a common complaint among both men and women.
- There are a wide variety of causes (and duration) of hair loss.
- Rule out medical reasons with your GP.
- Talk to an expert stylist about the best way to care for your hair.
- Medications can be prescribed in some instances.
- Time can sometimes resolve the issue (combined with gentle hair care).
- Finding the right product for your hair can help treat hair loss.
- Don’t put strain on your hair with restrictive styles and ponytails.
- Look after your scalp.
- Manage stress levels and eat a healthy balanced diet for optimal hair health.
- Invest in quality shampoo and products under the direction of your stylist.
- Protect your hair from external hazards such as styling tools, UV rays and chemicals.
- Break any existing habits of tugging on (or twirling) your hair.
Hair loss is a common problem but it can be distressing. Hairdressers know that it’s a question they’ll be asked almost every day! If you want to know more about how to minimise or prevent hair loss, find a hairdresser who can help guide you.
COEV Hairdressers have a team of expert and knowledgeable stylists who are happy to assist you with optimal hair care management. Contact us on (07) 3844 4766 today!
Need guidance on how to prevent hair loss? Contact the experts at COEV Hairdressers today!