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Your Health & Fitness | Hair Care 3.Stop Stressing


Hair loss, particularly as we get older, is a common complaint for both men and women. The main three causes of hair loss aside from androgenic alopecia (or pattern baldness) are telogen effl uvium, trichotillomania and alopecia areata. All three of these can be linked to high stress levels.


In cases of telogen effl uvium, high stress levels cause the hair follicles to deactivate, meaning that hair falls out during washing or brushing. In the case of alopecia areata, it is the body’s immune system (which can be weakened by stress) that attacks hair follicles, causing hair loss. Meanwhile, for suff erers of trichotillomania, the urge to pull out hair from the scalp or eyelashes as a coping mechanism, is often rooted in extremely high stress levels. Taking time to de-stress through relaxation techniques and exercises such as yoga will not only be good for your mental wellbeing, but could also benefi t your hair.


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Turn Down the Heat


Many of us rely on our hair dryers or straighteners to manage unruly tresses, however, this can often do more harm than good. Ultimately, heat styling is one of the most common causes of brittle, damaged hair. If you must blow dry your hair, do so on the lowest heat setting and aim to use hair dryers, curling tongs and straighteners as a treat rather than an everyday necessity. When you are using heat styling tools, make sure that you always use a protection spray or serum to minimise the damage.


Embrace the Grey


Most people will start to see a few grey hairs by the time they are in their 30s, and by 50 it is likely that many people will have a full head of grey. However, it is still possible to hold off some of the signs of hair ageing and keep your locks in good condition at any age. Melanin production decreases with age, meaning that hair starts to lose some of its healthy shine and absorbs more harmful UV rays, making it weaker. By using restorative shine enhancing shampoos and limiting UV exposure with a sun hat, you can make sure that your hair retains some of its youthful shine.


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Nourish Fine Hair


If you have already started to experience hair thinning or baldness, do not worry. There are a number of medications readily available to treat male pattern baldness, and your GP or dermatologist will be able to advise you further on possible treatments to address all types of hair thinning. At home, you can use products enriched with keratin—a protein found in hair—to help restore a lustrous head of hair. 


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