Why is this happening?Dryness and brittleness are signs that your hair is lacking something essential. At first it affects the quality of the hair, but in time the hair will not be able to survive without this essential element.
My top tips to prevent or stop female hair loss earlyIf you’ve noticed your hair has become dryer, more unmanageable or even thinner than it used to be, follow these steps early, before it’s too late:
Get your iron levels checkedGet a health check. Ask your doctor to check for an iron deficiency among other things. Iron is required for healthy hair. If there is an iron deficiency, the hair (being a non-essential feature of the body) will suffer as the body directs resources to essential functions. You may think you have a healthy diet but iron deficiency is one of the most common deficiency (perhaps the most) in the UK, despite relatively healthy diets. It’s worth making sure you eat green leafy vegetables such as baby leaf spinach on a regular basis as these contain lots of iron and other vitamins and minerals. Egg yolks are also a good source of iron and other nutrients that benefit the hair.
Top tip: Eat one or two poached egg and green leaf salads with asparagus and a drizzle of flax seed oil per week for a boost in nutrients for hair growth.
Check for hyperthyroidismHyperthyroidism is fairly common in women over 35 and one of the symptoms is hair loss. The condition causes the thyroid gland to become overactive, which in turn increases metabolism. This can make sufferers experience anxiety, weight loss and hair loss. While you are getting your health check ask to have your thyroid checked.
Check for allergiesIt’s also worth having the standard allergy tests, such as wheat, gluten and dairy. You can do this yourself by eliminating each food group, one at a time, and analysing how you feel. More information on allergy testing
How to actively encourage hair growthOnce you’ve completed the three checks explained above you can look at things you can actively do to improve the condition of your hair and encourage hair growth.
Hit stress on the head or say goodbye to your hairStress is a major cause of hair loss. It can sap the body of nutrients, leaving the hair with very little ‘resources’ to construct new hair with. If you often feel tense (especially in your neck and shoulders), find it hard to sleep, worry a lot or get angry frequently, these psychological stresses may be causing your hair loss. It’s important you deal with this because if you don’t, it will not only affect your hair, it will also have a negative impact on your overall health. I have dedicated a chapter of my eBook to changing g the way you deal with stressful situations, so that you can train your mind to be more relaxed at all times. I’ve accompanied this with an 8 part audio programme to help you conquer stress for good. I’m giving this audio programme away free at the moment. You can download the package here.
Eat foods that encourage hair growthThe hair is made of keratin, which comes from protein. So you need protein in your diet for hair growth. But that doesn’t mean you need to eat lots of meat. You don’t see horses walking around with no hair because they don’t eat meat. There is protein in vegetables as well as meat, dairy and fish. My top tip for your diet is to buy an ‘Omega 3’ oil. Buy a high quality organic cold pressed extra virgin oil. Consume a tablespoon of this a day and you will reap the benefits within 2 weeks – just watch!
Top tip: Buy an omega 3 oil and eat a tablespoon a day.For more tips like this download my eBook, which has a whole chapter dedicated to nutrition.
Make sure your scalp is in good conditionYour scalp can be difficult to clean because it’s covered in hair. Many people don’t wash their hair every day, yet they wash their faces every day. I sometimes advise people to not wash their hair every day, but there is a problem with this – your scalp can become dirty and with time the pores can become blocked. It’s important that you keep your scalp in excellent condition if you want it to grow thick strong hair. When you wash your hair, make sure you wash your scalp well. Massage your scalp with the shampoo and rinse the scalp thoroughly. But PLEASE use a good shampoo. I have a list of good shampoos here. Choose one that sticks to these guidelines.
Top tip: Switch your horrible supermarket bought shampoo for an organic SLS-free shampoo.I also have a chapter in my book dedicated to completely renewing the scalp to change it from ‘hair loss mode’ to ‘hair growth mode’.