A recent study done by a salon Philip Kingsley revealed a staggering 75 per cent of British women surveyed to be concerned hair loss; with more than 40 percent currently experiencing hair loss or hair thinning, and three-quarters admit they are worried about suffering from these problems in the future. With such a common problem, some may be comforted to know that they are not alone. It also means heavier research – and answers.
Philip Kingsley’s study revealed that 52 percent of women feel self-conscious about their hair loss, with 42 percent saying they feel less confident, and 30 percent said they are embarrassed.
The study also revealed that nearly a third of respondents felt that hair thinning most affected them, followed by visible scalp, and an additional 19 percent are most affected when they see excessive hair fall on the floor, pillow or in the shower.
This issue has had a profound impact on women’s daily lives, with 90 per cent saying they thought about hair loss at least a few times a day. This has led many to admit that it affects confidence in going out, socializing, and avoiding photos.
Anabel Kingsley, Philip Kingsley brand president and trichologist said: “Women are in the grip of a hair loss pandemic. Hair loss in women has always been a common problem.
“But the problems have been exacerbated in recent years due to huge psychological and physical stresses including Covid, the current pressures experienced by women, women not having time to prioritize self-care, and women not having their health prioritized by others.
“All of these factors have had a negative impact on hair growth and daily hair loss. Because hair is essential for physical survival, it is the ultimate and unfiltered reflection of our nutritional status and overall well-being.”
“I see so many women experiencing hair loss resulting from dietary inadequacies stemming from self-deprivation, not feeding themselves on balanced, fresh and healthy meals, as well as from misinformation about what healthy eating looks like.
“I also consult women weekly with undiagnosed and untreated deficiency of Iron, Ferritin, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D and hormonal imbalances that worsen both discarding and density changes.
“In addition to this, women feel pressured to have everything and do everything by sending cortisol levels rocket – which affects the growth and health of their strand. Ultimately, there has been the perfect storm for hair loss.”
Despite all these external – and internal – influences spurring an increased rate of hair loss, there are ways to regain control.
Here are Mrs. Kingsley’s four tips for doing that – and also to help keep the hair you have better.
Defend yourself, talk and seek help
There is always a reason for hair loss and always something that can be done to help.
Ms Kingsley said: “Women apologize for being ‘vain’ when they express concerns about losing their hair. In fact, hair loss is never trivial.
“Our hair forms an important part of our identity and is incredibly important to our mood, self-perception and everyday confidence.”
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Eat a balanced, colorful and varied diet
Eat a balanced, colorful, varied and seasonal diet rich in energy, protein, healthy fats, Vitamin B12, zinc and iron.
Ms Kingsley said: “To help make sure your hair gets all the nutrients it needs to grow to its fullest capacity, take hair-specific nutritional supplements.
“Hair cells are the second fastest growing cells the body makes, so they are very deficient. Combine this with the fact that although hair is not physically essential, it is a tissue with incredibly high and unique nutritional requirements.
“Threads, then, benefit from extra help from certain vitamins, minerals and proteins.
Take care of your scalp
The health of your scalp plays a vital role in hair.
Ms Kingsley said: “Everything from scalp inflammation and microbial imbalances to genetics and hormone sensitivity can affect the health of your hair follicles, and the hair that comes out of them.
“Use daily topical products to help stimulate and protect your scalp from both internal and external aggressors.”
Get to know your hair products
Ms Kingsley said: “Know what your hair products do and what you can realistically expect from them.
“Leaving topical products can make a lasting difference to your hair growth cycle, the speed of hair unloading and the health of your hair follicles.
“She is OK [topical] formulas, such as shampoos, conditioners and sprays, will help with immediate aesthetics and breakage. “