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As a woman, losing your hair can be a huge blow to your confidence and self-esteem, and understandably so. Noticing that the volume isn’t what it used to be, or the hairline starting to recede will naturally raise alarm bells, for both sexes, but for women, it can be an especially sensitive issue.
Hair loss can develop through many reasons such as; genetics, stress, a medical condition or treatment of that condition. It is also a fact that around 50% of women lose increased levels of hair than they normally would following child birth.
More recently, cases of hair loss among women have increased as part of the ageing process, is an issue that increasingly affects women as they get older. Fortunately, there is no need to simply accept the inevitable, there are ways and means of counteracting what is happening to your locks which can assist in remedying problems that have arisen.
Below you will find a handful of useful facts, tips and information that can help those who are dealing with the issue of hair loss:
Chemicals treatments you can receive in salons are very harmful to the hair. For example, bleaching, chemically straightening, and lightening your hair are all treatment that can lead to significant damage being caused to the hair shaft, which weakens the hair, resulting in loss of hair. Women who are conscious of looking after their hair should always aim to keep to their natural style and colour, or as closely as possible, should they be experiencing hair loss or thinning. If this guidance is not taken on board, the problem will just get worse. If chemical processing is something that is used regularly, it is vital to remember to treat the hair with a deep-conditioning treatment at least once every seven days; this will provide the best results for healthy hair.
Due to the fact that both hair loss and thinning hair are rather large concerns, cosmetically, for women, there are lots of products on the market that are designed specifically with restoring hair growth, in mind. The products come in the form of shampoos and conditioners that are made containing various oils and minerals that can assist in hair growth, as well as maintaining general healthy hair and increasing scalp health. If a person is suffering from thinning hair, there are also products that can work in tandem with these products, such as a hair thickening spray, which gently coats and matches each hair to give you added texture and thickness.
Take heed on high heat
As we mentioned with chemicals, heat is similarly hard on hair. The main reason heat is so detrimental to hair is because it causes bonds within the hair strands to fracture, triggering the onset of brittle hair, which subsequently breaks and falls out. If a person wants to use curling tongs or straightening irons, they should ensure they do not leave them on one area of their hair for extended lengths of time, roughly ten seconds is the recommended period for any single section of hair.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that if sizzling is heard, then the heat setting is too high, so the hair is going to be burning. Heat-protecting sprays and allowing the hair to dry as naturally as it can be before using heated tools will reduce the damage the tools are inflicting on your hair.
How to help handle hair loss
There can be a variety of psychological impacts that are the result of hair loss. If a person loses hair, living with it can be made easier if the person is able to come to terms with it. That is not to say they have to accept their new appearance; as we mentioned, there are plenty of products out there to remedy the situation, but overcoming the initial realisation and looking at how to deal with it will help in the long run.
Experts say that how well someone copes with looking at themselves in the mirror is all reliant on their coping strategies self-esteem, and personality, as well as the support around them. Essentially, it is vital to try and promote positivity in one’s life, and hopefully, with all the options available, this is something that can be a part of anyone’s lives if they are going through hair loss.