Hair expert Simone Thomas shares her top tips on preventing and dealing with hair loss or thinning hair, to help you keep your locks thick and healthy…
Going into and coming out of winter are natural times to shed hair. It’s also normal to lose around 50-100 hairs a day. But when it’s coming out more than that, it could be telogen effluvium.
If the hair loss goes on for more than 4-6 weeks, I’d suggest seeing an expert. Also, it’s not just about your current state of health, but what you’ve been through over the past six years.
Menopause and the change in hormones can also affect hair growth. Additionally, long periods of stress can lead to hair loss.
Look after your scalp
Your scalp is a living, breathing ecosystem. It’s very delicate and many aren’t aware that things like medicated scalp treatments can get absorbed into the bloodstream. There are some people who want to go down the medicated route for a quick fix, but I believe it’s more important to evaluate your entire lifestyle. Fix that and then we can work on the hair.
The main things that affect hair loss are: family history; stress levels, because stress can alter follicles and even the hormones going into the follicles; and lifestyle.
Hair loss can affect all hair types, but it’s less common among those with Afro-texture hair. This tends to suffer more from traction alopecia, caused by wearing braids or hair systems that use glue, causing trauma to the follicle, weakening them and causing permanent damage, resulting in no growth.
But other causes of traction alopecia can be overuse of colouring, bleaching or straightening, which applies to all hair types.
Covid-19 and hair loss
Covid has affected a lot of people’s hair, or made them more sensitive. Last year, I had a client who had Covid-19 and lost 80 per cent of her hair, but now it’s thicker and longer than mine – and all in 10 months!
All we did was use nutrition, my Simone Thomas Wellness supplements and the Davines Natural tech range. Also, a lot of people who had Covid-19 are reacting to chemicals more because of weakened immune systems. People are having reactions they didn’t have before, including after having the jab. Their bodies can’t cope with what’s in colour products.