Hair loss can happen for a variety of reasons. Women lose hair for many reasons, some hormonal, others due to lifestyle factors and even daily hair care habits.

One in five women experience hair thinning, and some can start to notice this between age 25 and 35. Women suffer from thinning hair differently than men, often losing hair in a more dispersed fashion rather than in patches. You may also notice some ‘baby hair’, which is actually hair follicles that have stopped growing beyond a certain height, especially at the hairline.

Taking care of your hair

From shampoo to conditioner to scalp treatments, there are a myriad of ways to encourage hair growth and to strengthen your existing hair. Adding moisture to your hair to strengthen it and give it more body is key. Making sure that your scalp stays moisturized will not only reduce flakiness, but reduce hair loss or slow thinning hair.

Meanwhile, here are some hairstyles that look good on you, if you’re experiencing thinning hair:

1. The Short Bob

Short Bob Hairstyles hide hair loss

Want something fuss free? Try the bob. It’s a perfect option for those who want to go short but don’t want a pixie cut just yet. It’s a face framing look that can also frame the face in a flattering way. Bobs are simple to maintain and is a style that’s easy to make fuller; this can help to camouflage any thinning spots. By using a little product, and blowing it out properly with a rounded brush, hair will look thicker and more voluminous. 

Bobs are also versatile, and can be either blunt and layered. The blunt look is edgier and will make you look more fashionable; the layered option is softer and adds volume. Choppy pixie or choppy bob haircuts can help thin hair look thicker with beachy waves;  go sans bangs, side bangs, or blunt bangs to stay edgy.

2. The Mid-Length Edgy Blunt Cut

For those who prefer longer tresses, try the mid-length angled blunt cut also known as the slope. It’s angled because it’s longer in the front and about mid-neck or shoulder-length in the back; the angled blunt cut helps add volume to thinning hair. Keep your hair at mid-length to minimize the appearance of thinning spots. This look is suited for those who aren’t a big fan of curls – it requires less maintenance and has been worn by many celebritiess like Rihanna, Victoria Beckham and Keira Knightley. 

3. Play with your bangs and parting

There are ways to hide thinning hair without changing up your look too drastically – bangs and changing up your part are two of them. A bonus of bangs is that it helps conceal hair loss. Though it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, bangs are actually flattering for lots of face shapes and hair types; bangs can highlight your eyes and cover up your forehead, hiding any thinning hair along the hairline in the process. Bangs can also sharpen or soften your look depending on the hairstyle you choose. Blunt, straight bangs are on trend in 2019, especially when paired with an all-round blunt cut. 

Changing up your part by parting on the left instead of the right, or parting in the middle, can actually help to relieve any thinning from constantly tugging on your hair in a certain direction, which is known as traction alopecia. Though it may take some getting used to, it’s a great and easy way to hide thinning at the hair line.

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Hair loss is a common problem that our customers come to us with. Luckily, there are always ways to prevent or minimize hair loss – here are some common reasons that cause hair loss and some solutions to turn it around.

Here are some ways you may find yourself having to switch up your hair care routine:

1. Over-using heat tools

A common culprit, especially with the increase in the variety of tools available now. Hot styling tools, such as your hairdryer, curling wand and straighteners, can make your hair dry, prone to breakage and consequently more likely to fall out. When too much strong, dry heat is applied to the hair it will weaken the hair shaft and, at its worst, it can burn the hair off.

Solution: Use tools that allow you to adjust heat levels

Using hair tools, such as the GlamPalm, that allow you to adjust the temperature could be helpful. This allows you to turn the heat down so you don’t accidentally cause damage to your hair. This will cause less stress to the hair shaft. Using the attachment that comes with your hairdryer can also help to dry hair more quickly, thus cutting down the exposure time to heat.

2. Over-dyeing

In general, When hair is overprocessed, the chance of breakage increases due to damage by chemicals. This causes the hair to completely lose its elasticity. A good technician will know how to gauge whether your hair can stand up to more chemical processing. Solution: Go natural! Just like how we need a holiday from time to time, taking a break from dyeing or styling for a month or so may be beneficial. This will allow you to to see if these processes are the main cause of your hair loss. Pamper your hair with treatments in the mean time to strengthen and replenish the hair shaft.

3. How often you brush your hair

Long-haired ladies: make sure to brush your hair enough. Brushing your hair allows hair that has reached its max growth to fall out, stimulates hair growth and encourages new ones to grow out. We lose around 120 strands of hair a day; each strand of hair has about a 7 year life span.

Solution: Brush daily with a soft bristled brush

Using a good brush helps to stimulate the scalp, which encourages healthy hair growth. However, don’t do it while it’s still dripping wet, as that’s when hair is most fragile. When wet, first spray on some detangler, and then use a wide-tooth comb to minimise breakage. When dry, brushing twice a day is ideal: once in the morning, and then once at night. Short hair doesn’t require as much brushing: depending on how short your hair is, finger combing may be enough.

4. How you wear your hair

Ever heard of traction alopecia? If you constantly tie your hair up tightly, you could be damaging your locks. Pulling your hair back everyday may also be making hair loss around your crown and temples more noticeable. Hair extensions could also harm your hair in this way. Excess tension pulling on the hair shaft leads to traction alopecia, which is basically slowly pulling your hair out due to the force exerted.

Solution: Change up your style

Alternate how you tie your hair – tying your hair up a day here or there is not likely to cause hair loss. Traction alopecia is usually due to tying your hair a certain way for years on end. Combat this by changing from a high ponytail to a low one. You can also part your hair differently and consider styles that allow you to wear your hair down more regularly.

5. Lifestyle & physiological factors

Too much stress or traumatic experiences could lead to hair loss. Cortiosl, linked to the fight-or-flight response, could distort your natural hair cycle of growth and loss. Thinning hair can also be a sign of Vitamin D and B12 deficiency or a lack of protein in your diet. Pregnancy and other hormonal changes, like during menopause, can also cause changes to hair and skin.

Solution: Consult a doctor and make lifestyle changes

Avoiding deep fried foods, including more protein and iron in your diet can help to speed up hair regrowth. Of course, consult your doctor before adding any supplements! Fish oils may also be beneficial.

At Hairloom, we care about the health of your hair. For more insight into how to restore health and shine to your mane, or to create a flattering look for your hair texture and lifestyle, make an appointment with us today.

If you’re used to having long hair, you may find that your short hair may require a different hair care routine than before.

Here are some ways you may find yourself having to switch up your hair care routine:

1. You may not need a comb

… because short hair doesn’t need to be brushed as often as long hair. Using your fingers to comb through your hair is often enough, as short hair is less likely to get tangled than long hair.
Using your fingers also creates a more natural look when styling, for example, when you’re trying to create volume at the roots. A brush may still be a useful tool, though. Consider investing in a small bristle brush, which can be useful when blow drying to create a smooth finish.
For thinner hair, create texture by avoiding brushes altogether and simply manipulate with your fingertips.

2. Reduce your use of heated products

Because any damaged hair can be a lot more obvious in short hair styles. Discuss with your stylist about a style that doesn’t require a straightener; ask them to work with your natural hair texture. 
This is extra important if you want to colour your hair at the same time, as damaged hair doesn’t retain colour as well as healthy hair.

3. Tame volume with products

A shorter cut can bring out the natural volume in your hair, so investing in products to add texture and hold is key. Short hair requires structure, so getting the right product to style it is essential.
Look for texturizing hair products; our stylists will be more than happy to recommend some for you. Dry matte paste products for shorter hair gives hold and texture whilst for slightly longer hair types a mousse or soft paste can give you a flexible hold.

4. You may need to come back to the salon more often

Maintaining the shape of your hair by heading to the hair salon every 4-6 weeks, depending on your look. Keep in mind your hair usually grows about half an inch per month – so for those used to only popping by the salon twice a year, this can be quite a big change!
Short hair is all about getting the structure, length and thickness right for your face shape is key – your stylist will know what to do to bring out your best features. We will always have a conversation with you to decide what’s best, and what you’re comfortable with before proceeding. 

However, those with less blunt styles can get away with less frequent trips to the hair salon.  

5. Wash your hair daily

…Or at the very least, every other day. Shorter hairstyles require more washing than longer ones, because they can become oily more quickly.
Short hair picks up the oil from the scalp and shows more easily than long hair; although this may also vary according to the condition of your scalp.
To combat any dryness from daily shampooing, try investing in a moisturising masque to help to combat any dryness.

To add shine and gloss to short hair, finish off your shower with a blast of cold water. This can help to close the cuticles caused by hot water during the hair wash, soothing any splintered cuticles or heat damage. Just 5 seconds is enough to do the trick.

Curious to know how short hair will look on you? Ready for a bold new style? Visit us today or call us to make your appointment now.