A SIMPLE, DAILY ROUTINE TO PREVENT HAIR LOSS
When you start to notice an increase in hair loss, there are a few techniques you can use at home to help improve the appearance of your hair and stimulate regrowth. Leonor Greyl Institute treatment technician Sylvie shares her insider tips.
There are a few simple habits to to get into throughout the year to prevent and restrict hair loss:
* Hair hygiene: keep your scalp healthy and oxygenated by washing hair regularly with a mild shampoo designed for your scalp type. All too often people make the mistake of cutting back on how often they wash their hair because they're scared of losing more in the shower. But shampoo isn't the culprit here! Hair that falls out when being washed or brushed became detached from its bulb several weeks ago. Don't worry about making things worse. On the contrary, make the most of shampooing to take a bit of time out for yourself and perfect your locks!
* Added boost: strengthen hair with a biannual vitamin treatment in the fall and again in spring. The most helpful vitamins are those in the B group, and particularly B3, which improves blood circulation to the scalp, B1, which boosts nerve impulses and growth, and vitamins B5, B6 and B12, which prevent hair loss. Vitamins A and C are also very important in protecting hair fiber from harmful external factors. Minerals and trace elements (potassium, zinc, iron) promote scalp oxygenation and hair growth. These vitamin treatments cannot replace a healthy, balanced diet. Make sure you're getting the vitamins you need by eating fruit, vegetables and vegetable oils rich in omegas (such as wheat germ oil), and don't forget amino acid- and protein-rich foods that boost keratin production.
Often, one of the causes of hair loss is poor circulation and a lack of vitamins in the scalp. A simple massage stimulates blood flow to the hair follicles and provides all the nutrients hair needs to grow. The day is packed full of opportunities to boost blood flow:
* While washing hair: rubbing irritates the sebaceous glands and results in an oily scalp. Instead, flatten your fingers and spread them out in a half-circle around your head, gently massaging your scalp for a minute, moving from front to back. Once you've rinsed your hair clean, finish with a blast of cold water to boost blood flow even more and add shine.
* While drying hair: tip your head forward and dry hair upside down to boost blood flow and nerve impulses to the scalp. This technique is also great for adding body and volume to fine or thinning hair!
* In the evening after brushing, for a final beauty boost before a restorative night's sleep: massage your scalp for two minutes with your head tipped forward, sitting down with your elbows on a table and your hands either side of your head. Massage your scalp without rubbing and without using your nails! This technique also detoxes the scalp by exfoliating dead skin cells and inducing sleepiness.