Well help is at hand, as Sally-Ann Tarver, , Consultant Trichologist, has given us the lowdown on how you get your mane looking magnificent.
Eat more protein
Increasing the amount of dietary protein you eat can really help. A reasonable portion of meat or fish every day can make up around half of your 45g quota.
Constantly pulling your hair into tight ponytails, wearing hair extensions and excessive blow-drying will cause strain on your hair follicles and could cause traction alopecia. If you have thinning hair, choose a loose hairstyle rather than a tight up do, avoid having hair extensions for too long and give your hair a break from excessive styling.
Listen to your body
Thinning hair can be caused by thyroid conditions, particularly hypothyroidism which is seen in postmenopausal women. Left untreated the condition can cause hair to thin and become dry. Other symptoms include weight gain, dry skin and tiredness. Speak to your GP if you’re concerned.
Up the vitamins
Nutritional deficiencies such as B12 and Vitamin D can slow down hair growth and can cause hair thinning. Dietary B12 deficiency can be easily resolved by increasing your intake of meat, fish, eggs, dairy and by taking a good quality B Complex.
Try laser phototherapy
Laser phototherapy offers a lotion free, pill free method of improving hair structure and growth, with no side effects, scalp irritation or damage to hair structure. Laser Phototherapy stimulates blood circulation, nutrients and oxygen to the hair follicles and helps to produce stronger, healthier, faster growing hair.
See a Trichologist
Don’t ignore the signs that your hair has started to thin. If your ponytail has got noticeably thinner and you’ve started to see your scalp at your hairline, consult an expert.
Increase your iron
Life gets stressful in your 30s and busy lives, heavy periods, being a vegetarian or blood donor can lead to low levels of Ferritin, which is the protein that stores iron in the body. Low iron is one of the most common causes of hair thinning, so try to reboot hair from the inside out by including lean red meat in your diet or speak to your GP about taking an iron supplement.
Look after your scalp
A healthy scalp = healthy hair. There are a few products on the market that may help your scalp stay healthy and encourage growth.
Don’t skip conditioner
If you don’t use conditioner, over time hair can become dehydrated, which can then lead to hair becoming damaged and brittle. Look for lightweight conditioners that contain panthenol and glycerin that moisturise and keep fragile hair strong.
Your hair is a reflection of your health, diet and wellbeing – a healthy lifestyle will naturally make your hair look healthy too!