|Steffy asks: |
I am 20 years old and I have thin semi curly hair with less volume hair below shoulder. I have suffered with hair loss for the last five years. I have tried hair cutting my hair, but it doesnít suit me. I have square round face. Could you help me please.
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Hi Steffy, have you tried taking a hair supplement, also using a protein volume shampoo and spray leave in conditioner? These will all help your hair feel thicker and fuller. I suggest an inverted bob style as length that frames the face softens a square face, perhaps a side parting too! I would style with mousse and diffuse as that would encourage your natural wave and also make the hair look more voluminous. Good luck
|Evelyn asks: |
Iím 23 and growing up I had pretty thick hair, however, over the last year my hair has thinned out a lot Ė Iíve lost about a third of it. I have made quite a few changes, that could be contributing to this loss in bulk: I now wash my hair almost every day because I exercise daily; Iíve started using more professional shampoos and conditioners; I brush my hair more often and I rely on dry shampoo more. Iíve also been letting it grow and colouring it more. Iím getting less sleep than usual, but my diet has improved and Iím exercising more. My hair has always been healthy too - I donít put much heat on it and I always let it air dry Ė and as far as Iím aware there isnít any hereditary hair thinning in the females in my family. Iím concerned that this thinning will be permanent, although Iíve noticed a lot of "baby hairs" Ėso that gives me a little hope that it may be growing back. Is there anything that I should be doing (or not doing) to encourage my hair to grow back thick again?
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First of all, it all depends on whether the thinning of your hair is occurring at a follicular level, whereby you are losing more hair than is the Ďusualí 100 hairs a day or your hair has stopped growing Ė or whether the thinning you are experiencing is actually due to the ends of your existing hair thinning and breaking away. ...More >
Considering some of the change in habits youíve described, it could be that your haircare regime is contributing to the thinning of your hairís lengths and ends. As youíve been letting your hair grow, not getting it trimmed regularly and colouring it more frequently, it could be that the ends of the hairs are thinning out due to styling damage, age and colour damage. As the ends Ė the oldest part of your hair Ė are subject to longer-term damage through styling and colouring, they get weaker and break away.
This will contribute to your hair looking and feeling less thick, because the individual hairs have become thinner or have broken away and therefore reduced in number. This type of hair thinning is usually far easier to treat than hair loss. If this is the case, a cut, to remove some of the thinner weaker ends, followed by a professional restorative Keratin treatment, may help to repair damaged bonds, rebuilding and restoring damaged hairs, making them individually appear thicker and your overall hair fuller.
If, however, your hair thinning is happening at root level, and is occurring as a result of hair loss or lack of growth, determining the cause can be trickier. Hair loss in young women can be caused by a number of reasons, from diet and lifestyle to an undiagnosed medical condition. If this is the case, a visit to your GP may be necessary. Alternatively you could make an appointment with a hair loss specialist clinic, such as Unlimited Hairloss Solutions, where a trichologist will be able to carry out a thorough scalp analysis and blood tests, to help determine the root cause of your loss. The benefit of visiting a hair loss specialist is that they will be able to then also prescribe you a hair replacement programme, based on your individual needs, once the cause and extent of your hair loss has been determined.
|Kaia asks: |
Iíve noticed Iím losing lots of hair every time I wash my hair, or massage my scalp. I read online that itís normal to lose up to 150 hairs a day. I also read that hair that falls out due to being massaged (either dry or while washing) is in the Telogen phase, just waiting to fall out. Iíd like to ask if thatís all true and if in that case itís a good idea to just massage my scalp and then comb through the hair with my fingers to remove all the hair that wants to come out? This might seem like a weird question, but if theyíve already stopped growing anyway would this make room for the new, growing hair? Also, do you really lose 150 hairs a day? I do seem to shed quite a lot, but I thought it was due to stress.
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Hair goes through a growth cycle that can be divided in to three distinct stages: the first is the Anagen phase, which is the growth phase; the second is the Catagen phase, which is a short transitional period; and the third stage is the Telogen phase, which you correctly described as the hair Ďwaiting to fall outí. It is essentially when the hair enters a Ďresting phase, í before being released and eventually falling out. Because your individual hairs all go through this phase independently, it means that all your hairs donít fall out at the same time. It is this Telogen phase that accounts for what we consider to be Ďnormalí hair loss Ė which is slightly less than the 150 hairs a day that you read about, and closer to around 80-100 hairs a day. Hair loss, hair thinning and problems with hair growth occur when these stages in the growth cycle are disrupted. This can be triggered by a number of conditions from metabolic imbalances to improper nutrition.
Gently removing the Ďdeadí hairs that have already been released through massage and combing wonít in itself affect how many hairs you are currently shedding, so if you wish to do this to remove the older hair then you can do, however, it wonít impact on the hair then moving on to the re-growth phase. While massage and scalp stimulation is said to have a positive impact on hair growth, the results are limited, so donít expect this to encourage your hair to grow dramatically. If you believe you are losing more than the daily average of 80-100 hairs, it may just be that you are losing the ends of your hair Ė damaged ends that break away through styling. If that is the case, speak to your hairdresser about cutting away the damaged ends, before they continue to break further and consider a strengthening and rebuilding professional keratin treatment. If it is the case that you are indeed losing more than the average amount of hair from your roots, then you may wish to consult a professional trichologist to determine why this is the case, and to try and find a solution. A specialist hair loss clinic, such as Unlimited Hairloss Solutions, will be able to test your blood and analyse your scalp, to try and determine whether there are any reasons why more of your hairs may be entering the Telogen stage at the same time Ė which leads to increased hair loss Ė and they will then be able to prescribe you a treatment programme, based on their findings.
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