Do you take care of your hair and falling out still happens? See what you might be doing wrong.
Hair extensions are the perfect solution for people who want a makeover in one day, or even in a few hours. A specialist who will see the condition of your hair will tell you which hair extension method to choose. If the condition of the hair is worse, the specialist will most likely recommend extensions using the tape-in method - it is a safe method that allows our natural strands to regenerate "in the meantime". However, the ideal situation when you opt for a hair extension procedure is when your hair and scalp are in good condition and, therefore, you can choose from several extension options. So how do you take care of your natural hair so that extensions are even possible?
Poor hair condition can be caused by many factors - stress, high or low temperatures, medications taken and others. Find out what may be causing brittleness, hair loss, dryness and frizz and how to deal with it.
It is said that you are what you eat. This saying is true indeed (and it doesn't just apply to hair and scalp!). Certain nutrients help hair grow and prevent breakage, so make sure you get enough zinc, iron and folic acid in your daily diet. Protein and antioxidants (found in plant foods) can also prevent hair damage. Some vitamins can also help with hair growth. However, we recommend that you avoid taking shortcuts. The best solution is to go to a specialist, who will recommend tests and, based on the results, prescribe the appropriate supplementation.
An affliction of the 21st century is stress, at work, in a traffic jam, in a queue at the shop, all due to haste, urgent tasks and deadlines There is plenty of evidence linking hair loss to a stressful lifestyle and the most common result is telogen effluvium, which mostly affects women. Excessive hair loss during washing is a characteristic feature of telogen effluvium. Importantly, stress is not the only reason for this phenomenon. Viral diseases, anaesthesia, postpartum disorders or significant weight loss are also among the causes of telogen effluvium.
Another factor that can damage your hair is temperature. Dry hair is prone to damage and is more brittle. Hair can be dry due to weather, low humidity or excessive heat. (Remember to use warm, not hot water when washing your hair!) If the ends are dry, consider washing your head with a shampoo from the roots to the middle of the hair, and apply the conditioner from the middle to the ends. Don't have time to apply and rinse off the conditioner? Use a leave-in conditioner.
Damage caused by temperature is also related to the daily use of hair appliances. To get the best results from a hair dryer, straightener or curler, you need a high temperature. However, when you use these appliances incorrectly or too often, you risk damaging the epidermis. One way to prevent heat damage to hair is to give our strands a break from all styling tools at least once a week. To reduce damage, choose ceramic versions - these heat more evenly, so you don't have to use them repeatedly on the same parts of your hair. It is also important to protect your hair before you start styling it with high heat. Use a heat-protecting serum to minimize damage.
Treatments can lead to the deterioration of the condition of your hair. Perm, professional straightening and colouring can make your hair look healthier after the first visit to a specialist. But if you do these treatments too often, the epidermis can be negatively affected, which in turn will damage the hair at the root. What's more, the wrong hair dye can interact with the scalp and cause contact dermatitis. An interval of 8 to 10 weeks between such treatments is recommended, if possible.
For more on the factors that damage your hair, see part two.