HAIR FALL: OUR ULTIMATE GUIDE

Hair falling out is an increasingly common problem for women, up to 70%* of women suffer some level of hair-fall at some point during their life but it’s important to remember this is not a life sentence (*Source: Beauty Track Report 2016). With the right advice and targeted approach, it’s possible to get your hair back to a healthy place. For the first time ever, Kérastase has partnered with 3 key experts including beloved hairdresser David Lucas, Dermatologist, Dr Laura Scott and finally Nutritionist Dr Megan Rossi to find out why your hair may be falling out, and what you can do to rectify this problem. What do the experts have to say about hair fall?

David Lucas THE HAIRDRESSER
DAVID LUCAS

David Lucas

Beloved French hairdresser David Lucas is responsible for some of the most beautiful styles and edgiest trends seen around Paris. Known for his ability to match hairstyles with individual personalities. Here, he offers hair-fall wisdom from behind the stylist’s chair.

Why might my hair being falling-out?

There are two potential reasons why your hair maybe falling out: either it could be a reaction to external aggressors, or it’s a progressive process at the root linked to the hair's natural cycle.

Is it normal to see hair on my brush when I brush it?

We tend to lose between 50 - 100 strands of hair per day, so there is nothing to worry about. Your hair is constantly renewing. On the other hand, if your hair is very fragile, actions like frequent brushing or friction from a towel can sensitize it even more. Elastic bands can cause damage too so be gentle.

Any tips to avoid hair-fall?

On top of using the correct care products, you can massage your scalp regularly, this can help boost microcirculation, allowing blood to transport the necessary nutrients into the hair follicles.

Laura Scott THE DERMATOLOGIST
DR. LAURA SCOTT

Dr. Laura Scott

An inspirational dermatologist, blogger and mum of three girls, Dr. Scott leads a busy life while sharing insights on her blog about everything from beauty to motherhood. She very much understands the impact of pregnancy and hormonal changes on the hair and scalp. Here she answers our most pressing questions about why your hair might be falling out.

Is a certain amount of hair-fall normal?

It is normal for people to lose anywhere from 50 - 100 hairs a day, this is because all of our individual hairs are going through the life cycle at different stages, hair falls from random areas around the scalp.

When is hair-fall considered a problem?

It can be considered a problem when you’re noticing a lot more hair falling out than usual, or if it becomes focused on a particular area or as a result of significant breakage of the hair shaft. Over-processing and heat damage are two of the most common causes as to why you’re experiencing hair fall. It is important to remember that if hair begins to fall more than the usual daily amount, becomes focused in a pattern or discrete area, or results from significant breakage of the shaft, then this is something to be addressed.

How much does age play a part? Is it okay to experience hair-fall before age 35? Is there any link between hair-fall and aging?

Hair-fall before 35 is certainly common, either from causes at the root, or more usually in the shaft from over processing and heat damage. There’s no reason for hair to fall more with aging, but it can result from medication side effects, malnutritionand illness, which are more common in those of advanced age.

Can stress or lack of sleep cause hair-fall?

There are no clear studies linking sleep quality and hair falling out, but there is certainly a link between sleep quality and levels of stress hormones, and these hormones affect our hair follicle and can lead to hair-fall.

Megan Rossi THE NUTRITIONIST
DR. MEGAN ROSSI

Dr. Megan Rossi

Good gut health is the key to good health and overall well-being says Dr. Rossi. She’s an expert on how to “eat yourself healthy,”. Here, she explains how nutrition can affect hair-fall, and how to prevent it.

What does a hair-healthy diet look like?

You should aim for an inclusive diet, not a restrictive one. Avoid cutting out whole food groups. Carbs and wholegrains are important, for example. Aim for 30 plant-based foods a week, including fruits, veggies, wholegrains, legumes, nuts and seeds.

Should I take supplements to reduce hair-fall?

Vitamins A, B, C, D, iron, selenium, and zinc are all important to the hair, but getting these nutrients and antioxidants from plant foods, such as fruits, vegetables and grains, may be safer and healthier compared to the high doses in supplements as an excessive intake can actually contribute to hair fall.

Can hair-falling out result from an overload of certain vitamins?

Excessive intakes of nutritional supplements may actually cause hair-fall. Iron, Vitamin A and selenium supplementation have all been linked to hair-falling out. So it is important to monitor your nutrient levels with a health professional before taking supplements marketed for hair health.

Coming in 2020.

NEW Genesis. Dual Anti-Fall Hair care

What can I expect from the new Kérastase Genesis range?

Genesis is composed of specially selected ingredients to help reduce the problem of hair fall. Enriched with Edelweiss Native Cells, ginger root and Aminexil 1.5% to help reduce hair-fall due to breakage, whilst also containing hints of bergamot zest, cedar, lime, basil, rose and other inspired notes to contribute to its signature fragrance. So not only does the range work to reduce hair-fall due to breakage, it also ensures that your hair looks and smells the part.

Take control of your hair health today, and combat hair fall for good.