Hair Colouring and Hair Loss

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Here at Simone Thomas and Crowning Glory of Westbourne, Dorset we see men and women of all ages who are suffering from hair loss. One myth we wanted to bust was that which we commonly hear – “hair colouring has caused my hair loss”.

Contrary to what you may have heard hair colouring in itself does not cause hair loss. However, it can cause substantial hair breakage if you don’t look after your hair correctly, which gives the appearance of reduced volume over time. Hair dye can damage your hair, but in most cases it will not cause hair loss. Dying your hair causes protein loss from the hair in tiny amounts, which can make the hair appear thinner, especially if you lighten your hair colour. However it rarely causes hair loss. The exception to this rule is if you experience a chemical reaction to a hair dye, or burns to your scalp from bleaching or straightening agents. Both chemical and allergic reactions are capable of causing hair loss characterized as traumatic, cosmetic, or in some cases, permanent scarring alopecia.

The best way to help safeguard yourself against chemical burns is to choose an experienced stylist, and to make it known quickly if you ever experience discomfort. In terms of allergic reactions to dyes, it is always advisable to have a patch test. A reputable hair salon will always insist you have a patch test before any type of colour treatment. Our advice is if you go to a new salon and they do not insist on a patch test prior to treatment then run for the hills!

Hot rollers and dryers

Applying excessive heat to the hair can damage the scalp and cause the hair follicles to weaken. High heat and the time for which it is used on the hair will also impact its structure. While hair loses its elasticity, damage to the cuticle makes it more breakable. Steam forming inside the hair shaft causes hair breakage. It is therefore necessary to limit the amount of heat as well as the length of time you dry your hair.

If you use a hairdryer, use a moderate heat setting. Never over dry your hair. Cold hairdryers are the best. It is also advisable to towel dry your hair gently before blow-drying. Use a good heat protector on wet hair before drying. We recommend using the Moroccan Oil Range.

Hairstyling

Avoid tight braids and ponytails as these may cause breakage and tearing of the hair shaft. Though these may look trendy, making tight ponytails every day will make the hair prone to breakage.

Dieting

Thin may be in but definitely not when it comes to hair. Dieting can make your hair root too weak to sustain the pressure of your hair, leading to a form of hair loss called Anagen Effluvium. If you want to lose weight, do so under qualified supervision of a dietician who can help you with a safe and healthy diet plan.

If you ever notice worrying changes in your hair – such as hair loss, itchy scalp and split ends – contact a hair loss specialist immediately. You may be too fashionable for your hair’s liking but with timely help you can rectify the condition.

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