Women have a complicated relationship with hair, having luscious locks makes us feel confident and sexy but without it, we are often made to feel less-than-desirable.
With many older millennials turning 38 this year, an increasing number of us are now experiencing hair loss at higher rates than ever before.
While it’s normal to lose anywhere from 50 to 100 strands of hair a day, more than that can indicate an issue, which is something most of us want to try and avoid. After all, we’re only given one head of hair so it’s our duty to look after it as much as humanly possible.
‘Hair loss isn’t a new thing, and many of us have or know someone who is experiencing some form of hair loss,’ Dr Russell Knudsen, Australian hair transplant surgeon, said.
‘But what is concerning is the growing number of younger people who are presenting signs of hair loss.’
Luckily there are a variety of common factors that experts believe are the cause so once you’re aware of these issues it will make it easier to turn your hair from drab to fab so that every day is a good hair day.
High levels of stress
We are busier and more stressed than ever before. While it’s a good thing we’re all hustling to create the lives we want to live it means we are becoming increasingly stressed about things such as work and employment pressures, finances, our appearance and the fact that that boy just won’t text us back.
Young people are feeling higher levels of stress than previous generations, with many saying they feel isolated or lonely while maintaining an average of five ‘close friends’ with whom they can relax, discuss personal matters, or call on for help.
And unfortunately, wine in the evening is just not going to cut it in terms of helping us to unwind.
Stress can interrupt the hair growth process by moving hairs out of the growth phase prematurely, causing hair to fall out prematurely.
If you’re experiencing high-stress levels, start small by limiting the amount of caffeine in your diet, incorporate physical activity and try out some relaxation techniques.
Not getting enough nutrients
Do you have a diet rich in delicious? Or do you seem to be reaching for greasy take away or strictly limiting what you eat? Hair loss means it’s also time to look at your diet as it can be the result of weight loss from crash dieting or a severe lack of nutrients.
Research has previously indicated that severely reduced protein consumption as well as deficiencies in zinc, vitamin D, and other nutrients can negatively affect hair growth.
This is why it is important to ensure your diet is nutrient rich with the inclusion of lots of fresh fruit, vegetables and legumes such as chickpeas and kidney beans to revitalise thinning strands.
Make yourself up a lush platter filled with strawberries, yummy hummus and crunchy carrots to get yourself started.
Using too much heat and too many chemicals
Although we all love to style our hair with a straightener or a curler, continuous heat on hair causes strands to fracture which results in brittle hair that breaks and falls out easily. And nobody wants to end up with a completely unruly mane.
If you can’t stay away from heat styling tools aim to let your hair dry naturally as often as possible so as to avoid adding a hairdryer into your routine as well. On top of this, ensure you use a hair protective spray, keep the heat down low and don’t leave the wand in one section of your hair for longer than 10 seconds.
Unfortunately for all of you babes who love to colour your hair, just as heat is very harmful, so is chemically straightening, using bleach and lightening it.
If you’re experiencing hair loss or thinning try to stick to your natural style and colour as much as possible and if you regularly use chemical processing, make sure you treat your hair to a deep-conditioning treatment at least once a week.
What else can you do?
Despite all of this scary information, there are a variety of ways to reduce the chances of you experiencing unwanted hair loss.
Although many people want a quick fix when they’re trying to grow their hair, it often needs to start from within.
If you feel like you’re diet is healthy but you’re struggling to get enough nutrients then turning to vitamins like our Hair Growth Support vitamins may be the next best step.
As thinning hair and hair loss is a major concern for many women it’s now easier than ever to get your hands on shampoos and conditioners such as our Hair Growth shampoo and conditioner, which are packed with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that revitalise the hair shaft.