Seasonal hair loss is a recurring issue for many during the colder months, and October is commonly known as the start of hair loss season.

Laura Elliot, lead stylist and head of education here at Neäl & Wølf, states that this hair loss occurs as “the scalp is put under stress from changing temperatures, as colder weather can cause dryness and irritation of the scalp.”

Whilst shedding is extremely common, Laura says that thinning hair can be a huge insecurity for many. She adds “Each year, we see a large number of clients in the salons concerned about the appearance of their hair during shedding season. To help with the appearance of thin or fine hair, we would suggest focusing on a haircare routine that is not only gentle, but that works to volumise and visibly thicken the hair.”

Here, she shares her expert advice to help through hair loss season.

Avoid tight, sleek up dos

Before approaching a haircare routine, Laura warns to avoid sleek, tight hairstyles, such as the slicked back bun, if you are concerned about the quantity of hair you are losing. She explains “These hairstyles in particular tug on the hair, creating high amounts of tension on the hairline, where hairs are weaker and finer, leading to breakage and increased fallout.

Laura suggests “a low pony or bun, secured with a scrunchie or invisibobble will be much kinder to your hair and reduce the amount of tension on your hairline.”

Wash with volumising shampoo and conditioner

Creating volume may be a cosmetic fix to the problem, but Laura says it can help you to feel more confident in your hair should you be experiencing excessive shedding. “Volumising products contain proteins, such as silk proteins, which coat the strands of hair to make them appear thicker and fuller. For optimal volume, it’s important to double lather and rinse to boost volume and ensure all hair products and sebum are removed from the scalp. Leftover product can weigh the hair down, making it look flat and enhancing its thinned appearance.” Find out more about our AMPLIFY Volumising Shampoo & Conditioner: AMPLIFY Range

AMPLIFY Volumising Shampoo

Avoid harsh chemical treatments

Chemical treatments, such as bleaching, chemical relaxers, and perming solutions should be avoided, according to Laura. She explains “Whilst it is uncommon, harsh chemical treatments can lead to cosmetic scarring alopecia, which prompts a burnt scalp. During seasonal changes, we see many clients look to change up their hairstyle, and whilst this may be great for some, those with hair loss concerns should look to prioritise scalp health first.

Some speculate that hair dye can lead to hair loss, when in fact the dye can’t penetrate the scalp to the hair follicle. However, hair loss may be prompted as dryness and irritation can occur from hair dye, which is why it is crucial to do a patch test prior.” 

Reduce heat

Laura suggests to avoid heat where possible, explaining, “Heat damage is a huge catalyst for hair loss, as it can encourage breakage. Those who use heated styling tools, such as straighteners, wavers, or curling wands, should try to wean off daily styling where possible, or at least reduce the heat to a gentler temperature of 180 degrees Celsius. Blow drying hair on the cool air setting is also preferable to reduce heat damage, and consequent shedding.

Incorporate a volumizing product

Styling products can work hand in hand with shampoo and conditioners to create a fuller looking head of hair, and Laura recommends “Volumising mists work best over mousses and lotions for those with thinning hair, as they are the most lightweight, meaning they won’t weigh down the hair.

I would recommend spraying a generous amount of volumising mist to clean, towel dried hair before blow drying on a cool heat. The blend of panthenol and silk proteins in Neal & Wolf’s mist work to create lasting volume for up to 48 hours, whilst fighting frizz and adding a glossy shine.” Find out more about our UPLIFY Volumising Mist: UPLIFT Volumising Mist

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