Whether it’s gradual thinning or a sudden loss of hair, hair loss affects around 8 million women in the UK.
For many sufferers, it’s not something they talk about. Losing your hair, however much it is, can be emotionally distressing and something we’d rather keep schtum about.
But there are some things you can do at home to help hair loss; from a change in diet to massage therapy, hair expert trichologist Sally-Ann Tarver reveals her top tricks to boost hair growth in the comfort of your own home.
From the pharmaceutical to the OTC, there’s a range of lotions for hair loss available on the market varying in cost, effectiveness and application. Regain is the most well-known pharmaceutical treatment for hair loss on the market, but it must be used twice a day to see any benefits.
- Inversion therapy
Hanging your head upside down for 5-10 minutes a day increases blood flow to the scalp and stimulates hair growth. This is an age old method for improving hair that many swear by, although it takes dedication and effort to see any results.
Another easy and free method of stimulating blood flow to the hair follicles, is scalp massage. It should be carried out by moving the skin across the scalp or lifting the scalp with the hands – don’t slide the fingers across the scalp unless you have applied an oil or scalp conditioner or the friction may cause you to lose hair rather than gain it.
Supplements can help boost hair growth if they contain a balance of the right nutrients that you’re deficient in. If you’re not deficient in Biotin, for example, then a supplement with Biotin will have little effect. Some of the most common nutrients to be deficient in are iron, zinc, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12 and magnesium, so it’s best to get a blood test to determine which, if any, you’re lacking.
It’s not rocket science – an unhealthy diet will lead to unhealthy hair. To help it, make sure you’re eating at least 45g of complete protein (as measured per 100g on food nutritional information) a day; meat, fish, seafood, eggs, milk, nuts and pulses are what you need. Vegetarians can struggle to get their protein fill, so cheat with a protein shake instead.