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If your hair is healthy, shiny
and well conditioned, then the chances are, you feel good
about life and the world in general. A new style or colour,
can have an uplifting effect and generate compliments from
all quarters. Whenever Victoria ‘B’ or Sienna ‘M’ appear fresh
from their favourite salon with a new style - they and other
celebrities probably get a kick from their ability to set
Remember Chantelle on Celebrity Big Brother, blonde and giddy?
After her engagement to Preston she became a brunette and
even he must have been taken aback by the transformation.
Then there’s Jordan (aka Katie Price aka Mrs Peter Andre)
another blonde changing to raven hair overnight. Lucky for
Peter that she has other more recognisable features to distinguish
this Mysterious Girl!
When Britney Spears shaved off all her hair, it was a cry
for help or to be left alone. Unfortunately, the more emphasis
people give to the whole ‘hair styles and trends culture’,
the more uncomfortable it is for those whose hair is far from
their crowning glory. It is a sensitive subject, but men and
women do frequently suffer from varying degrees of hair loss.
For them it is sometimes easier to just pull on a hat, than
face a trip to a salon for some expert advice.
The Root of the Problem
All is not lost - there is a lot that can be done to help
and it needn’t cost a fortune. Understanding the cause, often
means you are on the way to putting things right and restoring
the necessary conditions to promote hair regrowth.
Blondes Don’t Always Have More Fun!
blondes have an average 140,000 hairs on their head
compared to the average brunette (105,000 hairs) or
redhead (90,000), the actual diameter of a blondes
hair strands are smaller, so that their hair appears
finer. The coarser hair of brunettes is wider and
thicker. Age also has an effect; a 20 year old woman
can lose approximately 20% of her hair before she
Hair grows at a rate of about one centimetre per month and
its normal cycle of growth is between two and six years. Approximately
90% of your hair is growing at any given time; the remaining
10% will be resting. Following this dormant time, some two
or three months later, the resting hairs fall out and new
hair grows. This daily shedding of hair is normal, but some
people suffer a more pronounced hair loss.
Common Causes of Hair Loss
Some causes of hair loss mean recovery occurs naturally, given
a bit of time. Following an illness, certain medical treatments
or pregnancy, fluctuations in hair loss are a frequent side
effect. Some hormone imbalances and years of dieting or over
zealous use of the older heat treatment appliances and preparations
can all result in more strands blocking the plughole!
Barbie Doll Syndrome
follicle, which leads to scarring
and thinning hair. Even prolonged brushing of wet tangled
hair, can lead to unnecessary extra hair ‘fall out’, as the
hair is more flexible when wet and likely to snap and break
easily. Use a good conditioner and wide toothed comb to mitigate
any harm already done.
to care for your hair properly. You can’t treat your
scalp like the Barbie doll with the ‘amazing growing
hair’, that could be curled and crimped for hours
on end. Regular use of elastic hair bands, grips,
tight rollers or old straighteners, hairdryers with
limited heat control, can all cause hair loss to varying
degrees. However, if the pulling, dragging and excessive
treatments are stopped before the scalp is permanently
scarred, the hair will grow back quite normally. Over
use of hot oil treatments, colourants and perms can
cause inflammation of the hair
Male Hair Loss
Although men don’t tend to be as hard on their hair as women,
they’re still prone to problems. A man’s thinning hair is
frequently an inherited trait, with a receding hair line and
loss of hair on the crown. Some men are lucky enough to have
a thick head of hair into later years; while others with stressful
lives, can suffer the added worry of premature baldness.
Repair and Regrowth
It’s important to look at your diet; your body needs the right
nourishment to encourage growth and condition. Women frequently
have hair loss due to an iron deficiency, especially if they
regularly skip meals or have heavy periods. So a good balanced
diet needs to include enough of the essential fatty acids;
omega-3 fish oils; biotin found in egg yolks and milk; copper
sourced from liver, nuts and seeds. Zinc and iron can be found
in cheeses and lean red meat. Plenty of protein also promotes
healthy hair growth, lean meats, chicken and fish. Vegetarians
will need plenty of beans, lentils, nuts and chickpeas and
frequently suffer thinning hair if their diet is weak in these
areas. Vitamin preparations are a personal choice, consult
your local health shop or read the product information.
The Whole Picture
While your new healthy eating regime is working from the inside
out and you’ve eased up on the external damage, there are
many other options to think about to encourage hair growth.
Some hair products specifically target the cause of hair loss
at a cellular and molecular level.
™ Uses the power of nature to revitalise and protect
your hair. It utilises Liposomes and derivatives of
natural oils which deeply penetrate the scalp and
carry the active ingredients to the hair follicle
where they are most needed.
Genesis – A range of hair serum, shampoo and
vitamins that work to reverse the effects of hair
Laser Combs - For many years, leading hair
clinics around the world have been using ’PhotoTherapy’
laser technology also referred to as Low-Level Laser
Therapy to treat thousands of customers suffering
from hair stress. Now there are portable devices available
that can be used in the privacy of your own home and
cost less than regular visits to specialist clinics.
All these products are available through our website www.ukhairdressing.com
and reach you quickly by post. So there’s no awkwardness about
shopping for these sensitive items over a shop counter and
no reason to put off doing something positive to make you
feel better about yourself.
By Heather Bell
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