Hair loss is a hot topic amongst women worldwide, with internal health and genetics contributing to overall hair health. But in the Middle East there are some extra environmental challenges that can lead to a less than lustrous looking mane - sun damage, the drying effects of air conditioning, and chlorinated pool water can cause damage.
Studies show that the sooner you get to the root of the problem (literally), the easier it is regain lush tresses. From utilising the right products to investigating health treatments, here's how to make sure your hair looks thick and strong.
Invest In The Right Products
The first step to combat thinning hair is to look at the products you're treating it with. The latest developments in haircare technology from award-winning, innovative brands like Aveda, will stop so many strands washing down the shower drain.
"A clean healthy scalp is the foundation for new hair to grow," says Manuela Fohrler, Aveda Dubai Creative Director. "The new Aveda Invati Advanced Solutions includes an exfoliating shampoo that removes build up, dandruff and excess oils from your scalp to create an environment best suited for healthy hair growth, while soothing the scalp to relieve tenderness caused by hair loss."
The composition and the function of the cells in the skin and the hair bulb—where hair is generated—are very similar, so it's important to look treat your hair from root to tip. "The thickening conditioner, when applied to your roots and massaged into your hair, will strengthen and add thickness to your mane. The Advanced Scalp Revitalizer helps to nourish your hair from the roots to the ends by using it once a day,’ suggests Fohrler.
Aveda’s Invati Advanced Solutions is formulated with invigorating ingredients based on Ayurveda, an ancient art of healing in India, such as tangerine peel, Japanese knotweed, ginseng, and certified organic turmeric. Amla is also used to create a mini spa moment that both stimulates hair follicles and boosts natural hair keratin.
Buy A Water Filter
In order to make the most of your haircare products, it's important to make sure your water quality is up to scratch. In the Middle East, the desalination process and high levels of chlorine in water can dry out hair and lead to damage.
The answer? Invest in a good quality filter for your shower. These are designed to specifically reduce the amount of chlorine in water, leaving your freshly washed hair healthy and hydrated. Filters are in most pharmacies and supermarkets in the region.
Seek A Professional Opinion
If you think your hair loss could be a sign of a hormonal imbalance or medical problem, head to a specialist.
However, in the meantime, you can still add a bit of extra va va voom to your locks. A combination of the right haircare products and the proper use of tools (brushes, combs etc.) will make sure your hair is at its optimum volume. "With Invati Advanced, you’ll experience instant thickening as soon as you start using the system," says Fohrler. "I would also recommend using the Aveda Thickening Tonic - a styling product that instantly thickens hair and expands strands from roots to ends."
Treat Your Body Well
As hair is a non-essential tissue for the body, it can be the first to go if your body is physically (and mentally) stressed. Perhaps it’s time to invest in a relaxing yoga or meditation class to help you manage day-to-day anxieties? Or it could be time to re-examine your diet - are you skipping carbs? If so, this could be leading your body to tap into protein (which creates new hair cells) for its energy source, and your locks suffer as a result.