If you’re worried you’re hair loss, you may be looking at ways to cover up patches, stimulate hair growth and keep your hair healthy. We’re going to list our top treatments, shampoos and techniques to keep your hair in the best condition it can be.
The difference between hair loss and alopecia
As part of our hair’s natural growth cycle, we lose around 50-100 hairs a day! This is normal and nothing to worry about. However, if your hair is falling out in clumps or you’re seeing bald spots start to appear, you may have alopecia.
Alopecia is an autoimmune condition that causes hair all over the body to fall out including body hair, eyelashes, eyebrows etc. It’s largely caused by stress but can also be caused by overusing harsh chemicals such as bleach and hair dye as well as in response to some medications such as chemotherapy. While there are treatments for alopecia, and sometimes just removing the stressor or coming off the medication will help, there is no ‘cure’.
Keeping your hair healthy
If you’re suffering from hair loss you’ll want to make sure that you’re doing everything you can to keep your hair in the best shape it can be! You should always check with a healthcare professional before changing your routine if you think you’re suffering with hair loss or alopecia. Here’s a list for a few easy ways to keep your hair healthy:
- Avoid sulphates and parabens in your hair products as these can dry your hair out and cause further damage. We recommend using our ‘Waterman’s Grow Me‘ Shampoo. It’s vegan, cruelty free, sulphate and paraben free, and specially formulated for thinning hair.
- Use a restorative hair mask. We recommend the Shea Moisture ‘Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen and Restore Leave In Conditioner‘. It’s paraben and sulphate free, uses fair trade shea butter, mineral oil free and is cruelty free. You could also look into getting some Olaplex treatments done at your local salon. Olaplex is a protein bond builder and can actually make your hair stronger and less likely to break.
- Use the right hairbrush! If you have very thin and brittle hair, then you want to make sure that you’re not using a paddle brush or a standard hair brush as this could actually cause more breakage. We advise using a tangle teezer or tangle teezer variant as they are quite soft brushes and are designed to prevent breaking your hair.
- Use the right hair oil. You may see a lot of articles telling you to use cooking oils such as coconut oil or olive oil on your skin and hair, but these can actually cause quite a bit of damage. These types of oils are comedogenic which means they will block your pores and break you out. When used on hair they can cause a buildup of product and stop water and the other beneficial products you’re using from penetrating your hair and having any effect. We suggest using argan oil to help keep your hair healthy or you can use our Waterman’s Grow More Elixir a luxury leave on serum which helps to strengthen and moisturize your hair.
- Reduce chemicals and heat. This one might sound a bit obvious, but make sure that you’re not using heat and chemicals such as hair dyes and bleach on already damaged hair. If you’re looking for a change of style, you can look into getting wigs in the style you like. Most salons will cut your wig and show you how to wear it or there are loads of videos on YouTube.
- Avoid using rough towels. Towels that you use on your body can break and cause damage because they are so rough and hair can be very delicate. When you get out of the shower/bath, gently wrap your hair in a soft t-shirt or you can buy microfiber wraps specifically made for drying hair, usually made out of silk or cotton. It’s also advised that you sleep on silk pillowcases to prevent damage.
Hair Loss Treatments
While there’s no cure for alopecia and hair loss, there are some preventative treatments that exist that can help as well as following the above tips to keep your hair healthy.
Mesotherapy involves injecting active ingredients into the mesoderm (middle layer of the skin) to stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss. It’s sometimes used to help hair regrowth after hair implants as it strengthens and accelerates the growth of new follicles. Each session can last up to 15-30 minutes and results can usually be seen after the 3rd or 4th session so it is a long term investment but can be worth it.
Both men and women can undergo this treatment; however, it´s not suitable for pregnant women or nursing mothers, minors, people undergoing chemotherapy treatments, or those suffering from diabetes, heart diseases, or kidney or liver failure.
If you’re interested in booking a consultation or a session, check us out here.
Carboxytherapy is similar to mesotherapy. Both treatments are non surgical and use injections to distribute the treatment. Carboxytherapy is where carbon dioxide is injected into the scalp or affected area to help stimulate blood flow and bring nutrients to the skin which in turn should help produce hair growth which is stronger and thicker. You can also use carboxytherapy to support mesotherapy.
Each carboxytherapy treatment lasts around 20 minutes and you’ll usually see results after 8-10 sessions. For more information or to book a consultation or treatment, click here.