Haircare Post Lockdown: Healing the Effects of Stress and Optimising Growth
Your clients are back in your chairs, and much like you, they’ve been through three traumatic months!
The prolonged uncertainty, financial strain, and home stress have wreaked havoc on their psychological well-being. They require intense TLC and more so, for many of them, a solution to the hair loss they’ve experienced during lockdown (or are about to).
Hair loss because of prolonged periods of stress is not uncommon. You can expect many of your clients to ask about the extra strands in their shower. You may already notice it at their first post-lockdown appointment.
Hair Loss Due to Stress
Did you know that there are six main reasons why people are affected by hair thinning? And that stress and trauma are the second biggest contributing factors after genetics.
The body’s ‘fight or flight’ response is to blame for this. And we can all attest to being well acquainted with the rush of adrenaline and cortisol during the past three months.
When your brain experiences any danger (physical or psychological; real or perceived), it releases the hormones, adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones help us act swiftly in dangerous situations and sharpen our senses. However, when the body is in a constant state of ‘fight or flight’ it has a few side effects—some of which being adrenaline fatigue and hair loss.
Hair loss is primarily due to hormonal shifts in the body that keep the hair in it’s resting state (telogen effluvium). Meaning, that hair is shed but not replaced – no new hair grows.
“Telogen effluvium causes hair shedding across the entire scalp, but it may be particularly noticeable in certain places – if your hairline is thinning, for instance.
How to combat hair loss
The good news is that hair loss due to stress is not permanent and that hair will grow back to normal when the source of anxiety is gone.
The best way to start alleviating stress is through the promotion of a healthy lifestyle:
1. Eat well and drink plenty of water to ensure the body has all the right nutrients it needs for optimum activity.
2. Regular exercise is a great way to reduce stress and tension because it releases endorphins that act as natural painkillers.
3. Sleep is essential for physical health since this is when cell renewal and repair occur.
4. Take Vitamin B supplements such as B12 and Biotin to assist with energy levels, mood, and to promote hair growth.
5. Use the correct hair products. Hair care has an impact on your client’s scalp and strand health. A product like NIOXIN will help by cleansing and stimulating the scalp and by so doing, improving the environment in which new hair grows.
When your clients visit your salon in a panic about hair loss, offer them the tips above to combat hair loss. Also suggest a NIOXIN as their daily hair care routine.
Thinning hair is a common problem affecting 50% of men and women globally. Nioxin, the No 1 salon brand for thicker, fuller hair, provides advanced scalp care as a solution to this problem.
As an extension of facial skin, the scalp requires the same attention and treatment. Nioxin’s innovative range of products are designed to strengthen, nourish and repair hair from its foundation – the scalp – because scalp health creates hair health. Along with customised technologies, Nioxin products provide the perfect foundation for thicker, fuller-looking hair.
As the most awarded brand for thinning hair in the US and with more than 30 years of research, you can be assured of positive results.