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Kiera asks:
I’m a 16-year old girl and I recently sat my GCSE’s. Due to the stress of exams my hair fell out in clumps. My hair has started to regrow but the hairline is really crooked and I was wondering if it’ll ever fix itself or if there was a way I could fix it? Also I have naturally curly hair, and as I’m the only person in my family to have curly hair I’ve always just used a normal shampoo and conditioner. The underneath of my hair goes curly whereas the top stays wavy- are there any products you recommend for curly hair?

Steve RowbottomAnswered By:
Steve Rowbottom
It sounds like you’ve experienced Telogen effluvium – hair loss that occurs temporarily as a result of some kind of shock to the body, such as stress. Telogen effluvium is essentially a disruption in the natural growth and rest cycle of hair and it will usually resolve on its own once the stress is over, which is why you’re now seeing some regrowth. Unfortunately the time it takes to return to a completely normal growth cycle can be different for each follicle, resulting in hair that returns in some areas quicker than in others, which is why you’re seeing a ‘crooked’ hairline. A healthy balanced diet and growth-encouraging supplements can really help to speed up healthy hair growth, but as you’re still young I would advise speaking to a doctor, or trichologist, to discuss this in depth, before changing or supplementing your diet. I refer my clients to speak to the professionals at the Northern Hair Loss Clinic for advice on hair loss. Their in-house Trichologist is firstly able to discuss loss and thinning, as well as re-growth after hair loss, and following this, they are then able to offer some fantastic non-surgical hair restoration treatments. ...More >

With regards to boosting your natural curls, you may need to re-consider your cut, as well as the products you’re using. Curls tend to drop in hair that is heavier, which is probably why you’re seeing less of a curl in the hair on top. I would suggest keeping the length in your hair – curls tend to sit better in hair that is shoulder length or longer – but ask your hairstylist to add a few layers cut to keep it from looking bottom-heavy and to take away some of the weight that is dragging your curls down. Ask for layers that start at your chin and angle down, all around your head, which will help to give support to your curls, allowing them to coil better.

It’s worth investing in your own products, as curly hair does require a little extra help in order to keep frizz at bay and to add definition, body and hold to curls. With curls, you want to add hydration, shine and definition, so use a keratin-based curl-enhancing shampoo and conditioner, as well as a curl-defining creme, to seal the cuticle, define curls and eliminate frizz and to help the hair resist damage, which can prevent curls from forming. Shampoo as infrequently as possible – every other day if your hair is very fine, once a week if it’s thick – or consider co-washing, which is washing your hair with conditioner, rather than shampoo. Try to avoid using products that contain silicone as these coat your hair and create an illusion of shine, but in reality, they’re a moisture barrier that won’t allow your curls to absorb moisture. They can also build up on the hair causing it to look limp and causing curls to drop. Also, avoid styling products that contain alcohol, which draws moisture away from the hair and doesn’t allow curls to form properly.





  
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