Apparently, we’ve been brushing our hair the wrong way and we did not even realise. The way you brush your hair is just as important as the way you wash it and if you get the technique wrong, it can cause hair loss!
Here’s what the expert advice includes:
How to brush your hair to avoid hair loss
- Don’t brush your hair while it is wet as this can cause breakage. If it needs brushing, apply leave-in conditioner, use a wide tooth comb and be gentle
- Use flat, soft bristled brushes on dry hair to help stimulate blood flow to the scalp
- Don’t brush curly hair when dry but use your fingers instead to gently comb through
- Don’t skimp on the hair brushing. It helps distribute natural hair oils and helps old, broken hair fall out and new hair grow
Hair breakages can mean thinner hair, but there are other reasons women lose their locks.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
This is an endocrine disorder affecting women’s ovaries. Symptoms can include weight gain, extreme fatigue and hair loss or thinning. This is due to hormones. PCOS can cause hypoandrogenism. This is when the body produces too many male hormones, or androgens (found naturally in all women).
Some hair follicles are sensitive to androgens which slows down hair growth on the scalp (but can increase hair growth elsewhere on your body). PCOS is hereditary.
Anaemia is caused by a lack of iron consumption. Iron is a vital mineral for strong hair. Ferritin is a stored iron that helps produce hair proteins. When iron levels dip, so too does the rate of hair growth and condition of hair. Iron deficiency is caused when there is a low amount of red blood cells or when foods high in iron content are not being absorbed properly.
If hair growth slows down or you experience hair loss, anaemia is something to consider and increasing iron-rich foods such as red meats, Spinach, prunes and walnuts is beneficial.
Female pattern hair loss (FPHL)
It is not only men that experience pattern balding. FPHL occurs in about 40% of women (aged around 50 or older) who have androgenetic alopecia. The hair thins / sheds over time. It is not to be confused with another hair thinning called chronic telogen effluvium
If you brush your hair incorrectly, it can cause it to snap and break, but if there is more cause for concern, such as the potential for one of the conditions above to be causing hair loss, it is important to seek healthcare advice from your GP.