Why women are losing their hair…and how to keep it!

It may have been your crowning glory in your youth, but according to new research from hair expert Philip Kingsley, one in five women over 25 in the UK are currently suffering from some form of hair loss or thinning. Many women are hugely self-conscious about this, but unsure how to improve their hair health. So here’s how to tell if you’re losing your hair – and what to do about it.

Philip Kingsley says you may be losing hair if…

1. Your hair is shedding more than is normal for you for longer than two months. You will notice more hair fall than usual when you shampoo, when you brush your hair and perhaps on your pillow and clothes. However, it is normal to lose up to 100 hairs a day, so if you leave more days between shampooing than you usually do, the amount of hair fall you see will be more noticeable.

2. You feel your ponytail is thinner than it once was.

3. Your scalp is becoming more visible and/or you notice a reduction in overall volume or density.

4. You find your hair is not able to grow as long as it used to.

5. Your ends are finer than they used to be, yet it is not breaking. In this instance you may notice many new hairs of different lengths growing from your scalp.

6. You notice your hair is gradually becoming finer at the front, crown or temple regions of your scalp.

7. You notice excessive growth of hair on other parts of your body, such as your face, chest or arms.

“If you notice one or more of the above, you should seek help as soon as possible to preserve what you do have and to best maximise hair growth,” says Philip Kingsley.

“Hairdressers can also play a vital role in helping to identify the problem, often before the women themselves as they are well-placed to notice differences between visits, whereas women themselves often don’t notice gradual changes.”

3 things you can do:

Try the Philip Kingsley Trichotherapy range, which combines a protein spray, scalp drops and dietary supplements for a three-pronged approach.

Try changing your diet. Hair needs protein to grow strongly, so make sure you’re getting enough eggs, leafy vegatables, meat and fish, and supplement with Vitamin B and Omega-3 capsules.

Beat stress. Prolonged stress can cause gradual hair loss, so take steps to tackle it, via counselling, relaxation tecniques, exercise, or simply getting more sleep.

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