Do you wash your hair less because you think it will prevent your hair from falling out? If so, I’d like to dispel that myth. It is actually recommended to wash your scalp/hair at least one more time than normal if you are experiencing hair loss.
There are are several reasons people lose their hair, but washing it too much isn’t one of them. The top reasons people lose their hair include genetic disposition, hormone imbalance, poor diet, health issues and taking medications for various types of illnesses. Other factors that may contribute to hair loss include stress, smoking, overuse of alcohol and over-processing your hair.
The majority of men have a genetic predisposition for hair loss, or alopecia, at some point in their lives. However, if they act on it from an early age they can reduce or delay the hair loss for up to 15 years.
It has also become a lot more common for women to see hair loss these days because of the lifestyle factors listed above. It is therefore very important to use high-quality professional hair products with nutrients that cleanse, nourish and re-energise the scalp. Men and women should use special shampoo and treatments that aid in the prevention of hair loss once they see any signs of it.
As a qualified trichologist, I recommend the following ways to help prevent hair loss:
Wash your hair at least two to three times a week with products containing salicylic acid, sulphur-rich amino acids and provitamin B5.
Have a residue scalp treatment done at least once or twice a year to remove buildup of various styling aids on your scalp. This procedure, along with using products with the ingredients listed above, will help to purify and stimulate the scalp’s hair follicles for growth.
I also recommend having a head/scalp massage of five to 15 minutes once to twice a week. Receiving a head/scalp massage releases dead skin and improves the blood circulation to your hair follicles. Once the scalp hair is nourished, your hair is much less likely to fall out prematurely.
Remember that your diet can play a big part of hair growth or loss, so eat a healthy diet.
If you are experiencing hair loss, visit your hairstylist for a consultation. Your stylist can then recommend a specific course of action. If, however, you are experiencing a more serious hair loss, confer with a trichologist who is a scalp and hair specialist or see a medical doctor if a health issue or a reaction to medication is suspected.
Darla Dilbert is the owner of Eclipze Hair Design & Day Spa and has been a qualified cosmetologist for the past 32 years.