During lockdown, lots of us have been unable to get to the hairdressers or the barbers. If you have thinning hair, you might feel that now more than ever, you are in need of some help with slowing your hair loss, and some advice on what styles may look best when you have to factor in thinning hair.
What is hair loss?
First things first, hair loss isn’t usually something to be worried about, and we all can lose between 50 and 100 hairs each day, without even noticing. Some types of hair loss are temporary and may be caused by illness, stress, cancer treatment or weight loss. However, some types of hair loss are permanent, such as male and female pattern baldness.
How can I prevent hair loss?
Hair loss doesn’t necessarily need to be treated. If it is temporary, it is likely to grow back, and for some people it is just a normal part of getting older.
However, hair loss can cause people distress and they may want to try to slow, or even prevent their hair loss. The main treatments available for hair loss are Finasteride (sometimes known by its branded version Propecia), or minoxidil (which is widely known as the brand Regaine).
The active ingredient in Finasteride (finasteride) blocks the action of an enzyme that converts the male hormone testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is the hormone that causes male hair loss.
Minoxidil, the active ingredient in Regaine, works by helping blood flow to the hair follicles and increasing follicular size and hair shaft diameter, stimulating and prolonging hair growth.
Other possible options for hair loss include wigs, camouflage, hairpieces and hair transplants.
Best hairstyles for hair loss
If you are experiencing hair loss or thinning hair, you might not want to slow it down and in fact may want to maximise the hair that you have with a certain hairstyle.
Lockdown has also seen a lot more of you exploring different hairstyles, whether that is out of necessity or making the most of the opportunity to try something new. We take a look at some of the most popular lockdown looks and quarantine cuts!
The buzz cut
The buzz cut is often the name given to a ‘tennis-ball’ style, once-over with the clippers. However, the buzz cut has its own variants (including 0.5-1 all over, or a fade on the sides), and is a great style for you to adopt if you want to experiment with shorter hair.
The crew cut
A crew cut is a style which features short strands on top of the head, graduating in length (with the longest at the front and the shortest at the back). The hair on the sides tends to be shorter than the top and faded. This style might be good for those who experience hair loss at the back of their head.
If your hair has grown a lot during lockdown, or you’ve been seeing good results from a hair loss treatment, now might be time to try the classic mop-top. Inspired by the swinging 60s and its fashion, the mop-top makes the most of longer hair. If you are balding at the back of your head, this also may be a good way to cover up any bald patches.
The slick back
The slick back is a style in which the longer hairs at the front of the head are pulled back over the head in an arch. Product is used to hold the hair in place and this is another great style for covering any bald patches you might have noticed on the crown or top of your head.