There are a variety of factors and conditions that lead to hair loss including genetic, hormonal, environmental and self-inflicted hair loss from improper hair care. The most common type of hair loss in women is female pattern hair loss, accounting for 40 – 55% of hair loss in females. The most common type of hair loss in men is male pattern baldness, accounting for 95% of hair loss in males. This type of hair loss typically occurs in middle-age, but some individuals experience this hair loss as early as in their 20s.
Hair loss in women tends to accelerate after menopause. Hair loss is progressive as one ages. Hair near the temples and forehead often recedes and women may also experience widening of the hair partition. As we age, our hair strands also tend to grow thinner and become more prone to breakage. There are many remedies to address hair loss. The earlier one starts to address hair loss, the better are the chances of preserving as much hair as possible.
Hair Care Tips
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Making a few lifestyle changes, is the key to growing richer hair.
Why protein is so important for healthy skin and hair: Keratin and collagen are the 2 main proteins in hair and skin respectively. Diets deficient in protein contribute to hair loss and poor skin health. Adequate consumption of high-quality proteins is essential for optimal growth. 2 g per kg of body weight per day is safe for healthy adults.
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Not only are scalp massages soothing, they may even help to prevent hair loss — this is especially true when massage is used alongside scalp-nourishing products. When the scalp is massaged, the stimulation can be useful in improving hair thickness. Most likely, this occurs because the stretching motions of the massage, trigger hair growth in the scalp’s dermal papilla cells.
Tips To Prevent Hair Loss While Combing & Styling
Bad hair care habits can lead to hair loss and breakage. Here are a few changes that you should make to your routine.
- Do not brush or comb your hair excessively. Only comb you hair to style it and do so gently.
- Use a wide-tooth comb or high quality brush.
- Avoid pulling and tugging on your hair. Remove tangles gently. Start at the bottom of the hair strands and work your way up towards the scalp to comb out knots and tangles.
- If you wear your hair in a pony tail, wear hair loosely pulled back. Do not pull hair tightly as the traction can cause hair loss and breakage. Use thick hair ties made especially for styling hair.
The day-to-day wear and tear our hair experiences is enough to cause visible damage over time.The ends of your hair are also the oldest section of the shaft, at any given time. As these ends age, they will typically grow weaker and more prone to damage or splitting. As the protective layer of your ends is lost, they’ll soon begin to split, leaving the inner cortex of your hair exposed.
Factors can contribute to split ends or breakage include:
- Heat treatments, such as curling wands or hair straighteners
- Chemical processing (dying, bleaching, perming, etc.)
- Brushing or combing your hair too forcefully
Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to repair split ends. Once the hair has split, this isn’t something that can be undone — although, split end sealants and certain hair oils can help prevent split ends from worsening, the only way to truly eliminate split ends is to cut them off.
Split End Prevention
- Treat Your Wet Hair Gently – Whenever your hair is wet, it is vulnerable to damage. If wet hair is stretched by over 30% its initial length, then it will be damaged. Rubbing wet hair with a towel can damage the cuticles of your hair. This can also lead to frizziness. Try blotting your hair dry, rather than rubbing it. This is far less damaging to wet hair.
- Keep Your Hair Hydrated – Not only should you be keeping yourself hydrated, but also, you should keep your hair hydrated. Try using moisturizing products or a good quality hair oil, like our Long Locks Hair Repair Oil.
- Air-dry your hair whenever possible. Limit the use of blow drying and hot combs/flat irons. Avoid high heat settings.
Tips to Prevent Hair Loss & Damage From Weaves and Braids:
- Have your weave done only by an experienced professional.
- Avoid very heavy braids and extensions. Excessive traction can lead to hair breakage and hair loss.
- Make sure your natural hair is not pulled too tight. Traction on the follicles can lead to permanent damage to the follicles and permanent hair loss (traction alopecia).
- Take periodic breaks from extensions.
- Keep the scalp and hair well cleaned and conditioned.
- Consider a scalp serum to support scalp health and hair growth, such as our Rich Hair Scalp Serum.
Good protein intake = great hair and skin
Keratin and collagen are the 2 main proteins in hair and skin respectively. Dietary protein supplies amino acids that are the building blocks for keratin and collagen.
Although the US RDA recommends 0.8 g protein/kg of body weight, that is a basic and a modest amount. Up to 2 g/kg of body weight per day is safe for healthy adults.
Protecting Your Hair During The Winter
The cold outdoor winter air and dry heated indoor environments can wreak havoc on our hair. Remember – hair is not living tissue and once hair strands are damaged, they cannot self-repair.
Sulfates and frequent hair washing can strip the scalp and hair of our natural, protective oils and lead to dry scalp and cuticle damage (the outmost layer of the hair strand). Exposing wet hair to cold air can lead to cuticle damage. Humidifiers can help prevent some of the damaging effects of heated, dry indoor air. Certain oils applied to the strands can help protect the hair cuticle from damage – much like our own oils. That’s why our founder, Dr. A. Carter, created Long Locks Hair Repair Oil. Long Locks is a unique blend of non-greasy organic oils – each with a specific purpose to protect the hair strand and to fill in the damaged parts of the hair strands until the next washing.