Hair loss is a normal and healthy part of everyday life, but when we notice a large amount of hair shedding the effects can be tough on our overall confidence. If you experience hair loss, thinning or shedding, there are simple and transformative solutions that can help.
Our stylists are commonly asked to assist with hair loss issues. Here, we will share what causes hair loss, and the best ways to stop and prevent it occurring.
Your hair loss may be a long-term issue or only recently experienced. To understand the different types of hair loss and how to prevent it – whenever it occurs – read our helpful guide below.
What is Hair Loss?
It can be confronting to find large amounts of hair in your hairbrush, in the shower or on your pillowcase. However, hair shedding is a normal part of our healthy renewal cycle – and it happens to everyone. On average we lose around 80 to 100 strands of hair each day. Our hair follicles go through natural periods of growth and shedding, and each hair shaft is replaced once this cycle is complete. When we tend to notice hair loss, it’s because our hair growth phase isn’t equal to the amount of strands we’re losing.
What causes hair loss?
We’re all unique, and so is our hair loss journey. The most common cause for hair loss is reactive – the everyday pressure like brushing or washing that we apply onto our hair. Significant hair loss can come down to different causes, including genetics. Hereditary hair loss, also known as androgenetic alopecia, runs in families and mostly affects the scalp. Whilst it can be alarming to experience, both causes of hair loss can be treated.
Factors that contribute to hair loss
Knowing how to stop hair falling out starts with understanding your environment. By recognising the factors that trigger hair loss, you can treat the issues and work towards a fuller mane. Below are the major factors that affect hair loss and thinning.
Changes to our hormones have wide-reaching and often irritating effects on our body. Androgens (male hormones) don’t tend to support hair growth, and over time an increase in androgens will lessen hair. Women produce oestrogen, which is actually very friendly to hair growth. When oestrogen levels drop or change due to contraceptive pills, pregnancy and childbirth, the growth phase of our hair cycle can be disrupted, leading to hair loss.
Heightened stress is pretty much a given in our busy lives. Remember androgens? The hormone increases during periods of stress, and because androgens aren’t hair-promoting, hair loss can result. When we experience stress our body also produces cortisol (the hormone which assists our fight or flight response). Cortisol imbalances our natural production of oils, which can lead to a dry or flaky scalp and stunt hair growth.
Vitamin and iron deficiencies
Iron is integral to the production of our hair proteins. Experiencing a deficiency in iron – no matter how extreme – will affect the health and cycle of locks. Alongside this, a deficiency in Vitamin B12 which helps red blood cells and oxygen, tampers with the tissue that supports healthy hair growth and length.
As we age, the rate of hair growth slows and many of us (especially men) experience hair loss. This change usually begins to take place within our 30s. Alongside hair loss, our hair strands actually shrink and lose pigment, resulting in the fine and light-coloured hair we recognise in ageing.
How to prevent hair loss
Hair loss prevention is equal parts inside and out. By working towards a balanced lifestyle and supporting your hair growth with certain dietary intakes, alongside haircare products that instil prevention, your hair loss concerns can be solved.
Use Preventative Products
To ensure the health and lifespan of your locks are maintained, adopt a routine that will work to prevent hair loss and replenish hair from the scalp all the way through to strands.
Step 2. Finally, for a concentrated cure use an intensive treatment like the Spécifique Cure Anti-Chute Scalp Concentrate – a clinically proven preventative.
Make sure your diet contains a balance of good fats and nutrients. To take this important step even further, consider using multivitamin and iron supplements to keep those levels up.
Avoid tying hair tight
Though hair styling is our favourite way to enhance confidence, you need to make sure that your ‘do isn’t too tight. Especially when you have hair loss concerns, avoid pulling your hair back too tightly. This will let hair follicles rest properly.