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The battle against hair loss: what to look out for and how to fix it

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We look at the root causes of hair thinning. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
We look at the root causes of hair thinning. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The last time Sarah Christian lost her hair, she was in the prime of her life. “I was 28, single and searching for Prince Charming. I couldn't imagine losing my hair, let alone the tragic wigs I would be left to wear,” Sarah recalls.

“Losing your hair is one of the hardest things a woman will ever deal with. We spend hundreds, if not thousands of rands a year on our hair, so imagine the day when your once long brown hair is no longer on your head, but all over the floor, your bed and handfuls come out in the shower."

Sarah isn't alone. In fact, one in three women will notice hair thinning or hair loss after the age of 30 and it can start as early as your 20s. For most women, thinning hair, bald spots and a receding hairline are distressing because shiny lush locks are often viewed as the ultimate sign of femininity.

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