Secrets to Sexy Hair Want bouncy, shiny, healthy locks forever? Carlene Higgins finds answers at the root
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Fact: YOUR HAIR SHRINKS AS YOU AGE. If you don’t see signs of excessive shedding, but you do notice your hair has lost its bounce, it’s likely because individual strands get thinner in diameter and density as you age. As a teenager, hair is at its fullest, then (quelle surprise) it’s all downhill from there. Fortunately, volumizing shampoos, conditioners and styling products on drugstore shelves work technological wonders. Inside your bottle of volumizing shampoo, cati-onic polymers create space between the 100,000 or so hairs on your head, holding the hairs apart electro-chemically, says Dr. John Gray, a U.K.-based trichologist and advisor to P&G Beauty. The result? A full mane until your next wash. FLARE’s picks: Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Volume Shampoo with Seasilk, $35. L’Oréal Studio Line Volum’Max Volumiz-ing Mousse, $5.
Fact: SOME HAIR LOSS IS REVERSIBLE. Fortunately, some hair loss is only temporary. Chronic telogen effluvium is a common condition resulting from physical or emotional stress, such as busy schedules, pregnancy or crash dieting, says Dr. Charlene Linzon, a dermatologist and director of the University of Toronto Hair Loss Clinic at Women’s College Hospital. The hair-growth cycle becomes shortened, causing hair to shed more often. When do you know it’s time to freak out? “If you’re left holding a small clump of hair—versus a few strands—after you’ve rinsed in the shower, that’s not normal,” says Dr. Linzon. This may be improved by alleviating stress, eating well-balanced and nutritious meals or topical treatments. If it persists, see your MD.
Fact: FEMALE PATTERN BALDNESS MAY BE VISIBLE WHEN YOU REACH YOUR 30S. “[Balding] is more apparent in boys in their late teens, after puberty,” says Dr. Gray. In addition to hereditary hair loss, pulling your hair back into a tight ponytail, tracks or beading may cause trauma to hair follicles and, eventually, they begin to weaken and fall out. Telltale signs may become evident around 30. Doctors still widely recommend Rogaine (although in Canada, for men only), which uses minoxidil to slow down your hair’s growth cycle. It’s not nearly as sexy as your regular hair care, but it’s an over-the-counter product that may help you feel like yourself again. Check with your pharmacist to see if it’s right for you. Or try a gentler brand that contains neoruscin or Pfaffia extract to stimulate microcirculation in your scalp and encourage hair growth. FLARE’s picks: Ducray Anastim Hair Loss Treatment Lotion, $59. René Furterer Triphasic Regenerating Serum, $230.
Fact: VITAMINS GIVE YOUR HAIR THE BEST START IN LIFE. Nutritionist and homeopathic doctor Bryce Wylde is a big believer in establishing hair health from the inside out. He recommends a regimen of supplements that includes a multivitamin high in vitamin B; a strong dose of omega-3 oils; folic acid; and antioxidant vitamins A, C and E. These nutrients deliver proper circulation and blood flow to the hair bulb, leading to good-quality hair follicles—and, ultimately, healthier, stronger strands. See a nutritionist or a naturopathic or homeopathic doctor to determine your best vitamin cocktail. FLARE’s picks: Santénutra Vitelle Complete Mul-tinutrient Formula for Women, $50. Phyto Phytophanère Hair/Nails Dietary Supplement, $79.
For more great hair facts, be sure to pick up the November issue of FLARE!
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