For most of us, having a full head of healthy hair is the epitome of hair goals. Our hair plays a huge role in our confidence and when we notice it feeling less than luscious, it can leave us feeling, well, a bit flat.
So why are you seeing more hair in your hair brush than usual?
Frustratingly, almost 50% of all women will experience overall volume loss due to a combination of styling habits, ageing and hormones before they reach 50 years of age. So it isn't just our skin care regime that needs a shake-up as we age, it's our hair care as well.
My hair is thinning! Why?
If you are experiencing volume loss and thinning it can come down to a number of factors. Compromised hair often suffers from cuticle damage which can cause our hair to appear thinner through breakage. Hair compromisation can be caused by dry scalp conditions as well as external factors such as heated styling tools and bleaching.
On the other hand, hormonal imbalances through times such as pregnancy, breastfeeding and menopause can cause disruptions in our hair growth patterns. For example, pregnancy can cause a surge in hair growth due to high levels of estrogen which prolong the growth phase. This is commonly followed by dramatic hair fall during breastfeeding as our hormones re-balance.
As we age and go through hormonal changes such as menopause, we experience a rise in testosterone which converts to DHT. DHT damages hair follicles and triggers hair loss by physically shrinking the hair follicle. DHT is the most common cause of actual hair loss in women.
How do I restore my luscious mane?
A conditioner that contains Sabal Extract will anchor the hair at its root while stimulating overall hair growth and slowing the hair loss process by minimising inflammation. Sabal Extract has a direct action on 5a-reductase which modulates DHT to prevent follicle shrinkage and minimise hair fall.
Avoid heated styling tools which can dry your hair leading to breakage and therefore making it prone to falling out. Heat damaged hair appears thinner as strands snap away. Play it cool and embrace your natural style on a more regular basis.
Go a shade darker. If you're dedicated to lightening your tresses, consider going a shade darker. Bleach is known for drying and snapping hair strands leading to thinner-looking hair. Allow your hair time to recuperate and you can rejoice in less breakage and restored volume in time.
With the right tools and advice, volume loss and thinning hair can be a thing of the past. Medically endorsed products and smarter hair care habits will help you restore your hair's volume and vitality for good.