What causes hair loss at different stages of your life?
Hair loss and thinning is a common concern and can be caused by a number of factors relating to hormones and our lifestyle. If you’re one of the many people that it affects, you’ll be all too familiar with the impact it can have on your self-esteem and confidence. So what actually causes it and what can you do to improve the thickness of thinning, fragile hair?
Postpartum hair loss
During pregnancy the oestrogen levels in the body naturally increase to help the baby grow and develop. This extends the life of single hairs so your scalp holds on to them longer than it normally would – explaining why many pregnant women enjoy a thicker and more lustrous head of hair. Once the baby is born, however, the hair returns to normal and sheds the extra hairs it has been holding onto. While it may feel like you are losing a lot, you are actually just returning to the amount of hair you had before your gestation period. The good news is that this process only lasts a few months so try not to panic.
Over-processed and heat-damaged hair
Hair dye, blow drying, straightening and curling are all responsible for creating varying degrees of breakage in the hair. Many of the harsh chemicals used in hair colour can strip the hair’s protective coating while heated styling tools simply make the hair more fragile and likely to break off. This is why it’s so important to protect your hair before using heated tools and to use regular conditioning treatments that will help to return strength and hydration.
Menopause and hair loss
The menopause is a normal and natural life stage for a woman but unfortunately it can present a plethora of concerns, including hair loss and thinning. It’s thought to be caused by a hormonal imbalance and a reduction in oestrogen and progesterone (both of which are responsible for hair growth). The most important thing to remember is that it won’t last forever, but eating well, getting regular exercise and using nurturing haircare can help to improve things in the meantime.
How to treat hair loss and thinning
Vichy’s Dercos Energising range is specifically designed to help reducehair loss due to breakage while also helping to maintain the density of thinning hair. It does this with a nourishing formula that is enriched with Vichy’s patented molecule Aminexil and vitamins B3, B5 and B6. For best results, use the Dercos Energising Shampoo and conditioner. Additionally the Aminexil Pro targeted solution for women is a multi-targeted anti-hair loss treatment that draws on five different ingredients to help maintain the density of thinning hair and reinforce skin’s barrier function for a healthier scalp.