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We need to talk about female hair loss

Commonly thought to be the sole preserve of men, hair loss affects approximately 40% of women by the time they reach their 50s. But even though so many women are affected, it is rarely, openly discussed.

Typically, the hair cycle follows four phases: Anagen (growth), Catagen (end of growth cycle), Telogen (dormancy), and Exogen (shedding). Each hair follicle goes through this process at different times, otherwise we would lose all of our hair at the same time…

But if you’re finding extra hairs on your pillow, hairbrush or in the shower, it could mean your hair growth cycle has been disrupted.

This can be caused by straight forward genetics, or by external factors such as hormonal changes, such as menopause and childbirth. Stress, illness and weight loss have also been identified as reasons for hair loss.

No matter what the cause, for people with thinning hair the main treatment is to stimulate hair follicles to function to their best ability.

Choose styling products that have been formulated with nutrients like keratin, collagen, biotin and natural actives to make hair grow fuller and healthier.

A good diet is also important. One rich in omegas, iron and zinc will make a positive contribution to reducing stress-related hair loss. You can also be kinder to your hair when it is wet. After washing, your hair is at its most fragile, so use a wide-toothed comb starting from the bottom and working your way up.

Above all, it is important to remember that life happens. Sometimes there are things going on in your body that you have no control over or understanding as to what’s going on. In the first instance, talk to your stylist, as an expert and someone who has great knowledge of you and your hair.

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