While you may think of hair loss as mainly affecting men, whether it’s from stress, hormones or even giving birth, hair loss can affect us all and be triggered by several different factors. Here are the causes, types and potential ways to improve the thickness of thinning and fragile hair.
Although it’s more commonly associated with men, anyone can suffer from hair loss – whether it’s on your head or your entire body, only temporary or permanent. While hereditary hair loss as a normal part of ageing is the most common cause of baldness and hair loss in men, hormonal changes, stress, weight loss or other medical conditions can also cause hair to shed or thin for both men and women.
Many women find that thick, lustrous locks are one of the perks of pregnancy, thanks to higher levels of hair-friendly oestrogen in your body to help the baby grow and develop. It’s quite common for the average person to lose around 100 hairs a day without really noticing. Your pregnancy hormones keep those hairs from falling out though. After you give birth or stop breastfeeding, however, your high oestrogen levels return to normal and so does your hair, shedding this extra hair usually in the first six months postpartum.
However you style your hair, whether it’s blow drying, straightening or curling, if you’ve used a lot of heat, you could have caused some damage or breakage. Chemicals used to colour your hair can also strip it of its protective coating making it more fragile and thinner, while super-tight hairstyles can cause traction alopecia after prolonged stress to the hair follicle. Men can also experience this if they twist their beards too tightly.
To undo any unwanted damage and prevent any further hair loss, change your hairstyle regularly, taking a break between weaves and extensions, keep heat settings low when using styling tools and regularly use conditioning treatments to strength and hydrate your hair.
Menopausal hair loss in women
While pregnancy locks benefit from an oestrogen boost, during the menopause levels of oestrogen and progesterone decrease (both of which are responsible for hair growth) and can lead to hair loss and thinning. You may find your hair also breaks more easily as it is finer.
How to treat hair loss and thinning
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For best results, follow with our Dercos Energising Conditioner. Its fortifying complex of vitamins B5 and B6 help to improve the appearance of brittle hair, while ceramides seal the hair cuticles and help protect them from external stresses.Discover Vichy’s full haircare range