Hair falling out is distressing, whether it’s due to stress, illness, chemotherapy or you’re simply prone to balding. By the age of 60 nearly 40 per cent of women will have experienced some form of hair loss, and while many men find hair falling out very upsetting, women often find it devastating. But there are steps you can take to actually help prevent hair falling out and also to help thinning hair look thicker.
DISCOVER WAYS OF DEALING WITH HAIR LOSS
1.USING THE RIGHT PRODUCTS
Use volumising shampoos, and a volume-enhancing root-lift spray when drying your hair to make the hair stand up from the scalp giving it a thicker appearance. And avoid leave-in conditioners and heavy hair-sprays which flatten fine hair.
2.IMPROVE YOUR DIET
A lack of minerals can cause hair loss, so eat iron-rich foods such as liver, kidney, branflakes and soya products. Protein and zinc are also important. Foods with zinc include wheatgerm, pumpkin seeds, egg yolk and shellfish – so if you’re suffering from hair loss keep up your intake of these vital foods.
3.FIND THE RIGHT SUPPLEMENTS AND VITAMINS
There are claims that sea kelp supplements can help prevent hair falling out and thinning. These are available from health food shops. And if you find it hard to keep up your zinc and/or iron intake (both of which help boost immunity and protect against thinning hair), you could try zinc and iron supplements.
4.TWO TOP HAIRSTYLING TRICKS
Layers can give a sense of volume to hair that is thinning. Combining this with a large-curl will make the hair look even thicker.
5.COLD WASH YOUR HAIR
Not everyone agrees that this works, but some hair experts claim that blasting thinning and fine hair with a cool or cold water final rinse will close the cuticle and help hair to swell slightly so that it looks thicker.
6.BLOWDRY WITH CARE
Many hairdressers suggest air-drying thin hair or blow-drying on the slowest setting as ‘overblowing’ can cause fine strands to flatten. Bear in mind that blow-drying ‘upside down’ can create the illusion of fullness, as can backcombing hair.
A prescription-only drug called Spironolactone can help with thinning hair. It is thought to work by decreasing the production of testosterone. Women with hair loss are sensitive to this hormone. Positive results are said to occur for some women with hair loss within three to six months.
A full head of hair extensions can be attached to your remaining hair through a fine mesh. The process can take a long time and can be expensive and you may need to go back for regular tidy-ups but many women swear by the results. Lots of hairdressers offer hair extensions nowadays, even for women who are not suffering hair loss.
9.WEAR A HAIRPIECE
If your hair is thinning or you have a balding patch you may only need a hairpiece rather than a wig. A hairpiece can be permanent (attached with medical adhesive) – or removable (attached by double-sided adhesive). For the best results have a hairpiece fitted by a professional hairdresser rather than trying to do it yourself or having a friend try.
Wigs shouldn’t be seen as a last resort if you have hair loss or thin hair – specialist centres offer hundreds of choices, and six out of 10 wigs are bought as fashion accessories by women with healthy hair. Wigs usually feel strange at first but become familiar quickly – like new shoes. And you can use them to make a stylish statement if you choose well.
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