Medium Length Hair Care Secrets
Many of us have experienced stress, shock, operations, pregnancy and childbirth, extreme weight loss and dieting, all of which have a delayed negative reaction on our hair.
What do you recommend to combat the effects of these life events?
Life events can sometimes cause a temporary hair loss known as telogen effluvium. This is because acute stress to the body can disrupt the hair cycle. At any given time, the hair follicles will be in one of three stages being active growth (anagen), regression (catagen) and shedding (telogen).
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Usually 80-90% of the hair will be in the growth phase while the rest is in the catagen/telogen phase, so shedding at about 100 strands a day is actually normal. However, it is possible that a large proportion of the anagen hair can be prematurely pushed into the catagen/telogen phase because of acute stress to the body leading to a brief period of abnormal hair loss. The initial advice I would give is, ‘don’t panic, it’s temporary’. Avoid further stress and try to maintain a healthy lifestyle such as eating a balanced diet, drinking at least two pints of water, exercising and sleeping enough.
This will help your body recover well in general and will give you a longer and happier life. Do you think supplements make a difference to hair growth?
Whether or not vitamin supplements make a difference to hair growth is somewhat circumstantial. What I mean is that there are certainly vitamins and minerals that make a difference to the skin, hair and nails (all of which make up the integumentary system), and some people aren’t getting enough of them from their diet. This means the level of improvement one can expect depends on the person’s diet; some might find no difference at all while others find a transformation.
We know that severe deficiencies of certain vitamins like vitamin B12 can impact hair quality and even cause hair loss, but if this is really the problem then you have far more to worry about than your hair because this also causes anaemia.
However, there’s also the issue of ‘bioavailability’ to consider, meaning for certain substances there’s a limit to how much of these vitamins you will absorb when you consume them. And for other vitamins it’s possible to poison the body through excess dosage. Therefore the best advice I can give is, ‘give it try’, but ‘don’t take more than what is recommended.’ If you are very concerned about vitamin deficiency then your GP can help you do the necessary tests.