Hair loss in women can be the result of a variety of things, including stress, poor diet, hormonal fluctuations and harsh hair treatments, such as bleaching or chemical straightening. And it can be devastating for the woman involved.
Alopecia UK spokesperson Jackie McKillop says society considers hair to be an important part of how you look.
"For women, there is a social stigma attached to going bald," she says. "Hair loss can affect your sensuality and how you perceive yourself."
The good news is that there are certain things you can do to help if you are experiencing hair loss. We spoke to the CEO of Harley Street's Vinci Hair Clinic, Salvar Bjornsson, for his tips.
How women can stop and treat hair loss
1. Invest in good quality hair products
"This doesn't necessarily mean pricey," says Bjornsson, "but pick reputable products specific to your hair type. Regular scalp massage can also help to increase blood flow and circulation which in turn helps to increase hair growth. Use your fingertips for a few minutes when conditioning your hair.
2. Maintain a healthy lifestyle
"The causes of female hair loss are different to men and are not necessarily hereditary or age related," explains Bjornsson. "Eating well, exercising and getting a decent kip are key for sustaining luscious locks."
Try foods with a high biotin content, such as oats, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and brown rice.
3. Take a supplement
Take a supplement to boost your scalp health. Both seaweed and Vitamin B are known to increase hair growth and prevent hair loss.
4. Watch your extensions
If you have extensions, be careful with them, warns Bjornsson. "Not maintaining your extensions properly can damage the hair follicles leading to thinning and in some case bald patches." He also advises against excessive heat styling and bleaching, which can harm your hair.
5. Seek help
"If your hair loss has become extreme, it's time to seek help," says Bjornsson.
At the low-cost end, try cosmetics and styling aids to help temporarily disguise hair loss. "For a more permanent option, see a doctor about Mesotherapy or PRP treatment," he adds.
"Both procedures involve a series of painless injections into the scalp that can stop hair loss and help existing hair to grow more quickly."
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