Advice for Thinning Hair & Hair Loss

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Tips & Advice on Thinning Hair by Award Winning Afro Hair Salon in London

Thinning hair is a common problem amongst black women who regularly use braids and weaves.   Others may experience hair loss through ageing, stress or as a side effect from medication.

At our Afrotherapy Hair Salon in Edmonton we can offer advice to help you with your hair issues.  We will work with you to find a hairstyle that can help you to disguise your hair loss and we can share our knowledge of some great products that promote healthy hair growth.

If you are worried about the health of your hair or scalp, we will talk to you in complete confidence.  We can check your scalp health, hair porosity and condition and suggest treatments that can inject moisture, shine and gloss into your hair.

Natural products to help thinning hair

We sell several key products designed for black women experiencing thinning hair.  You can purchase them in our salon or through our on-line shop.  

These include:

Phytospecific Energising Concentrate which replenishes curly, frizzy hair that is stressed by frequent blow drying, straightening, colour treatments, braiding and weaves.  Rich in proteins and keratin, this beautifying product works to restructure and create fullness, leaving hair more radiant, healthier and better toned. This serum is designed to give you beautiful hair and healthy scalp

Hairfinity Hair Vitamins contain the basic nutrients for overall health. A healthy body is the ideal environment for healthy hair to thrive. This means that a good metabolism and immune system are also key factors for growing healthy hair fast. They also contain specific nutrients that are essential for faster hair growth. For example, our B-Vitamin complex nourishes and supports a healthy scalp and hair growth.

PhytoPhanere Dietary Supplement for Hair & Nails are nutritional supplements. Phytophanere combines vitamins, essential fatty acids, and Cystine to enhance the natural beauty and health of the hair, nails and lashes. All active ingredients are of botanical origin.  The Wheat Germ Oil provides antioxidant protection, Borage Seed Oil increases shine. and Carrot Oil helps to boost skin radiance.

Jane Carter Solution Scalp Renew is a natural pre-shampoo scalp treatment designed to stimulate hair growth by cleansing and exfoliating the scalp. The fundamental to growing great hair is a healthy scalp. The tea tree oil, sweet orange and peppermint will invigorate your scalp and exfoliate all of the toxins and sludge that slow hair growth.

Causes of Thinning Hair in Black and African American Women

What causes thinning hair and hair loss in black and African American women?

Tight Braids and Weaves – If you continually wear tight braids and weaves you may suffer from hair loss, particularly around the temples and hairline.  This is known as traction alopecia.

Over-Processed Hair – Relaxers, curly perms and permanent hair colour can weaken your hair and lead to thinning if they are over-used.  At Afrotherapy we are experts stylists and colourists who will only offer you a chemical treatment if we feel your hair and scalp are in a healthy condition.  We use Goldwell hair colouring products which work beautifully on afro and multi-textured hair, and we offer a wide range of deep conditioning treatments.

Over Styling – If you are constantly over-heating your hair through blow drying or using heated styling tools, your hair may become weak and damaged. Treat your hair with respect and resist the temptation to over-use styling tools, including too much combing and brushing.  If you are due for a relaxer service, use a light gel and a soft brush to flatten the hairline or use a silk or satin scarf for 30 minutes or more to encourage your hair to lie flat.

Stress – Stress can lead to hair loss so make sure you find time to relax and wind down.  Stress can affect your overall health and wellbeing as well as the condition of your hair.

Medication – Hair loss and thinning can be a cause of some medication.  Consult your doctor to find out what you can do to reduce the side effects.  Perhaps there is another medication that is just as effective but without the side effects.

Poor Nutrition – We all know we should eat plenty of fruit and veg, reduce our intake of sweet and sugary food and drink and cut down on alcohol.  If you struggle to eat a healthy and balanced diet, consider taking nutritional supplements that support general health and hair growth.

Scalp Conditions – If your scalp is itchy, flaky and sore you could be suffering from a bacterial or fungal infection.  If left untreated this can lead to hair loss so please visit your doctor for advice.  At Afrotherapy we can also check the health of your scalp and hair and suggest treatments that may help.

Hormonal Changes – Some women may experience hair loss or thinning during pregnancy or the menopause. This is due to changes in hormone levels.  Visit your doctor for advice.

 Tips to encourage hair growth

Our top tips to encourage your hair to grow include:

  • massaging the area to stimulate the blood flow
  • hot oil treatments and conditioning treatments
  • avoiding tension on the hair (braiding etc)
  • increase protein and zinc intake (within daily diet)
  • taking nutritional supplements.

If you are concerned about thinning hair or hair loss, please call our professional, expert and friendly team at the Afrotherapy Hair Salon in Edmonton on 020 8345 5621.  Your call will be treated in the strictest of confidence.