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Do's & Don'ts of Hair Loss

What to do when suffering from hair loss

Choice of hair care products
- DO use a mild clarifying and densifying shampoo that coats the hair for fuller appearance.

Lifestyle:
- DO adopt a well balanced diet. Try a diet that's rich in vitamins and nutrients to help with a healthy body and scalp.
- DO excercise regularly.
- DO try to reduce your stress levels. Try to stay relaxed, consider different forms of exercise eg. Walking, yoga and pilates.

Hair drying:
- DO dry your hair gently. High temperatures can damage the scalp and the fiber by drying it out and removing the natural oils from its strands.
- DOtry letting your hair dry naturally. It'll help avoid split-ends and damage caused by heat. However, it is not recommended to spend too much time with your hair wrapped in a towel.
- DO blow-dry your hair upside down if you're going to use a hairdryer. Blow-drying your hair against the grain creates volume as your hair will be lifted from the roots.

Scalp:
- DO massage your scalp to stimulate micro-circulation and encourage optimal scalp functioning.
- DO exfoliate your scalp. You can use a hair scrub to remove the dead skin cells from your scalp and dirt from the hair. It will keep your scalp and hair clear and healthy looking.

Seek professional help:
- DO speak to a professional who can assist with the correct diagnosis and prescribe and offer a solution for any of your concerns.

What could be causing your hair loss

How you wash your hair
- DON'T over wash unless you use daily care products. Washing your hair every single day is damaging your hair by stripping all its natural oils which will leave your hair looking lackluster, dry and dull.
- DON'T take hot showers. Washing your hair with water that is too hot may cause reactions on your scalp, especially in case of a sensitive scalp.

Heat styling & treatments
- DON'T use hair-rollers. Leaving rollers on overnight will damage your strands.
- DON'T heat-style your hair excessively. Excess heat from styling tools such as flat irons, blow dryers etc can cause a scalp reaction and damage the hair fibres.
- DON'Tdo harsh treatments excessively. Before colouring, smoothing or perming your hair ask your hairdresser for their advice. These types of treatments may cause hair sensitisation.

Bad habits:
- DON'T tie and style your hair after washing while its wet as your hair will be more fragile, causing it to get damaged.

Swimming:
Chlorine or salt water can strip the hair’s natural oils leaving it unprotected and more prone to dryness, split-ends and dullness. Seawater, because of its high level of salt, may also leave hair tangled and rough. Air humidity can accelerate and even amplify the damaging effects of UV. When swimming, use a deep hydrating leave-in conditioner to help protect the hair.