Did you know that certain hairstyle can lead to thinning hair or even patches of baldness? Sorry to tell you so now that the party season’s over, but we have warned you before. If you’re one of the unlucky ones whose hair is suffering the consequences post-party season, rest assured that hair loss as a result of styling can often be reversed and is rarely anything but temporary cosmetic damage.
All that hair dye, back-combing, straightening, curling and spraying can take its toll. Such styling habits can weaken the hair shaft and result in brittle hair that leads to thinning as the shaft breaks away from the scalp. Because the hair loss is not from the root, there is usually no need for medical hair loss treatments. These products work from the cellular level to stabilise loss and generate renewed hair growth, however, there is no product that can make hair grow faster. Often damage caused by styling is something that needs to grow out.
Then there are the extreme cases, where tight hairstyles, botched hair dye job and burns from straighteners can cause baldness which may be permanent if the follicles are scarred. African hairstyles, such as braiding and cornrows, hair extensions, and even tight ponytails if worn constantly, can damage the hair follicle through the constant tension imparted by the pulling. Essentially, you’re pulling out your own hair with these styling habits. With hair growth stimulants and early intervention, you may be able to reverse the damage. However, there is no treatment that will produce regrowth if the follicles are burnt or scarred beyond repair.
Correcting the Damage
You can nourish your existing hair by avoiding heat and styling products, eating the right nutrient for healthy hair growth and possibly using a supplement (ask your doctor). Hair grows at a rate of about 1.2cm per month, or 5 and 3/4 inch each year. There isn’t a product that has proven to be able to speed up this growth rate, although hair tends to grow faster in summer or warmer periods thanks to increased circulation. But this does not mean you can whip out your hairdryer and your hair will grow faster.
Healthy hair growth relies on a healthy diet and gentle hair care. Iron in the form of lean red meat, beans and legumes, protein from chicken, eggs and nuts and other important vitamins and minerals found in oily fish, spinach and oats will help keep the hair shiny and in its optimum condition. Avoid tight hairstyles that pull on the follicles and be sparring with your use of dryers, straighteners and curlers that damage the shaft through intense heat.
Heat resistant sprays, leave-in conditioners and deep-conditioning treatments are often recommended by styling professionals. These products may not be able to reduce all the risk associated with hairstyling, but they can limit it to a degree. Be pro-active in protecting your hair against damage if you’re constantly styling it, and if you experience hair loss at some stage, consult a specialist. There are a number of reasons for hair loss in women, not simply styling.
To be sure you have nothing to worry about, or to find out about the treatments for women’s hair loss, contact The Belgravia Centre and arrange a free consultation with a hair loss specialist. You can call on 020 7730 6666 or send an email. You can even fill in a diagnosis form online and receive expert advice and personalised recommendations from your own home.