Everyone suffers with hair loss to one degree or another. On average, men and women lose around 50-100 hairs a day, most of which we never notice. It is usually not something to worry about as it is replaced with the same number of new hairs. Of course, some types of hair loss can be caused by a medical condition or even be permanent due to male or female pattern baldness (although it is far more common for men). However, when you see broken hairs along your hairline it can really affect your confidence, especially when they continue to break before growing into a beautiful fringe.
Why is hair so fragile around the face?
Hairs along the front of your hairline tend to be finer and slightly weaker, which means they are more vulnerable to breakage.
This is why a little more love and attention needs to be paid to them. One of the main problems is that as this part of the hair is front facing, we fuss over it more than other parts of our hair, especially when it is being styled, which creates more of a chance that it can break.
What about hair loss on the temples?
Hair loss on the temples can also be caused due to a lack of protein, or because your body is lacking in certain minerals and vitamins. Ageing, genetics, or lifestyle factors can also influence hair loss on the temples, as can certain medications.
Female pattern baldness usually results in the hair becoming less dense, which can make the scalp more visible. But unlike hair loss for men, it should not lead to a receding hairline.
How can you protect hair along the hairline?
Whilst hair loss caused by genetics is not something that can be prevented, there are some things you can do to reduce it.
Most of the treatments and techniques focus on slowing down the process, rather than preventing it, so you could try avoiding:
- Pulling and twisting your hair.
- Unnecessary activities that could increase your stress levels.
- Styling your hair in ways that pull it back too tightly.
- Using heat-based styling tools (such as curling tongs) can lead to breakage (reduce use of hair straighteners and use a lower heat setting).
To improve the overall health of your hair you could try:
- Adding more protein and omega-3 fatty acids to your diet. Foods that are high in protein include eggs, fish, poultry and dairy foods. Examples of omega-3 fatty acids include sardines, salmon, cod liver oil, walnuts and spinach.
- Eating more biotin (vitamin B7) foods such as bananas, egg yolks, avocados, nuts and seeds.
- Massaging the scalp to improve blood circulation which can encourage new hair growth.
- Using a sulphate-free shampoo that allows the hair to retain more of its natural oil, whilst washing your hair with more care and attention.
- Carefully brushing your front hairline using a brush with rounded plastic prongs and vented cushioned base
Of course, everyone is different and what works for one person may not be suitable for someone else. It can often be a case of trial and error in the early stages before you find the right treatments and routines that work for you.
Get in touch
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