Hair loss can affect not only your looks but also your confidence, and it’s estimated that around 1.6 million women and 7.9 million men in the UK are affected by some form of hair loss. Whilst some people experience pattern baldness, which is a genetic form of hair loss, others can make lifestyle changes to prevent hair loss. Here are our top tips for preventing lifestyle-related hair loss.
Shake up your diet
Diet plays a huge part in maintaining healthy hair. Iron deficiency can affect both men and women, causing hair loss, whilst vitamin B deficiency can also lead to thinning hair. B vitamins are important for hair growth. Try to include more fish in your diet – fish is a source of vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids which could help prevent shedding.
Learn to relax
We all suffer stress from time to time, but learning how to handle stressful situations and switch off is important for your overall health, and the health of your hair! At any one time, around 85% of your hair is growing, whilst 15% is in the resting or ‘telogen’ phase, preparing to be shed.
Stressful life events such as illness, childbirth, divorce or bereavement can affect this delicate balance, leading to a condition known as telogen effluvium. This affects the growth cycle of your hair, and at any one time up to 40% of your hair could enter the telogen resting phase, being shed prematurely.
By learning to relax, stress-related hair loss can be prevented. Try a warm bath with your favourite book, gentle exercise, meditation or even talking about your problems with a friend or family member.
Treat hair loss promptly
If you notice patchy hair loss or thinning hair, you should see a hair loss specialist as soon as possible. They’ll be able to determine the underlying cause and recommend a personalised hair loss treatment program. If you are experiencing pattern baldness, this can be treated with a hair loss program customised to suit your needs.
Avoiding putting unnecessary tension on your hair can help reduce breakage and shedding. Avoid pulling your hair up into tight hairstyles and wearing hair extensions, which could lead to the development of traction alopecia – patchy hair loss caused by extensions pulling on the hair shaft. Hair loss caused by traction alopecia can be reversed by removing hair extensions and treating your hair gently.
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our online diagnostic form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our hair loss success stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 0800 077 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.