|Kaia asks: |
I’ve noticed I’m losing lots of hair every time I wash my hair, or massage my scalp. I read online that it’s 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. I’d like to ask if that’s all true and if in that case it’s 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 they’ve 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 ‘waiting to fall out’. It is essentially when the hair enters a ‘resting phase, ’ before being released and eventually falling out. Because your individual hairs all go through this phase independently, it means that all your hairs don’t fall out at the same time. It is this Telogen phase that accounts for what we consider to be ‘normal’ hair loss – 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 ‘dead’ hairs that have already been released through massage and combing won’t 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 won’t 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 don’t 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 – 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 – which leads to increased hair loss – and they will then be able to prescribe you a treatment programme, based on their findings.
|Kristan asks: |
I have huge knots (like 2 fist size) in my hair that me and my mom cannot get out. We have tried everything and I really do not want to shave my head. Cutting won’t help as it starts about a quarter of the way down my head and there’s about 6+ inches of hair after it. Do you have any recommendations, or know anywhere I could go where someone would help me? I’ve been told that hairdressers won’t help because it could take hours. I did find a detangling service online but I don’t have an extra $700 to detangle my hair.
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Hi Kristian, this is a tough one as I can’t see the hair but I suggest you try using a pure bristle brush and spend as much time every day as you can detangling the surface of the hair, so keep brushing over the surface of the knots. A pure bristle brush will do less damage than a plastic one or a comb. It may take weeks of commitment but you will start to get through it gently and then hopefully have as little hair loss as possible. Then you can shampoo and condition and try using a detangling brush very gently. I’m afraid there is no quick fix. Good luck.
|Olivia asks: |
My hair is very damaged. I wear it in a very short style, because most of the lengths and ends have broken away, and it desperately needs a trim, but I don’t want my hair to be any shorter than it already is. How can I encourage my hair to grow longer faster? And how can I get rid of the split ends without making my style even shorter?
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You need to get rid of the damaged split ends and the only way to do this is by cutting the hair, as they are beyond repair. However, don’t worry, as the damaged ends tend to be very fine anyway, so getting rid of them won’t drastically alter the appearance of your style and will actually make your hair look much healthier and your style look far more flattering.
Use products to help restore the damage to your remaining locks, and to help prevent further damage – investing in an intensive conditioning mask rich in proteins and a protective leave-in conditioning spray with heat protective qualities is a good start. You should also consider trying a monthly professional conditioning treatment, which will help to initiate the repair process, continuing until you see a marked improvement in the quality of your hair. Once you’ve tackled the damaged hair, you can shift your focus to encouraging new healthy hair growth. Stimulate the follicles with regular scalp massage, using a detoxifying ‘exfoliating’ shampoo, which helps to promote growth further. If you worry that diet or an underlying health issue is affecting normal hair growth then speak to a Trichologist – hair loss clinics such as Unlimited Hairloss Solutions, who we recommend to our clients suffering from thinning hair – can help you with this. If you really can’t wait for your new healthy hair to return then you should consider extensions.
At our nine Westrow salons we offer hugely effective, seamless extensions that won’t damage existing hair, however any local professional stylist or salon that specialises in extensions will be able to help you find the right type to suit your hair, your hair goals and your lifestyle.
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