HAIR LOSS & NUTRITION
In some cases, hair loss can be diet related. The nutrients we consume or lack of, play a definite role in both the hair cycle and hair shaft fragility.
Some of the diet related causes of hair loss I see are crash dieting, fad diets, eating disorders, poor vegan or vegetarian diet and deficiencies within the diet.
When nutrients are restricted in the diet, you are depriving the follicle of what it needs to grow the best hair it can. The follicle is a little complex organ it needs a constant supply of oxygenated blood full of nutrients. Lack of these can mostly cause a diffuse thinning known as Telogen Effluvium (excessive shedding). This shedding can occur months after the trigger, so for example in May/June if you were to start a crash diet to 1300 calories or less a day for a wedding in July, you highly increase your risk of suffering from Telogen Effluvium but you may not experience the condition till September/October.
Vitamin D– Vitamin D supports the hair growth cycle, helping the cells in the follicle to produce a hair and keep that hair growing. Studies show deficiencies can cause Telogen Effluvium and in some cases Alopecia Areata. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin which means it is stored in the body for you to use later, but if there is no or little supply coming in you will become deficient. To ensure healthy levels of this essential vitamin it is best through your diet or through sensible exposure to sunlight.
Zinc & Iodine– I put these two nutrients together as they can both have an impact on thyroid function which can have a big impact on our hair. If your thyroid isn’t functioning properly this can cause excessing shedding. Zinc can be found in meat, shellfish and eggs and if you are vegan or vegetarian - whole grains, nuts & seeds, chickpeas, lentils and beans (soak dried beans then rinse before cooking to increase zinc absorption). Iodine is found in fish (white fish more so than oily fish) and dairy products, if you are vegan it is a little harder to source but can be found in seaweed, iodised salt or fortified plant milks.
Vitamin A– is another fat soluble (stored) vitamin. This is an important one to balance – too much will cause hair loss and not enough will also cause hair loss. All cells need vitamin A for growth, this includes the hair, the fastest growing tissue in the human body. It also helps us produce sebum, the oil that our scalp produces to keep it healthy and moisturised – a healthy scalp is paramount for healthy hair! This vitamin can be found in lots of foods such as beef liver, cod liver oil and dairy. If you are vegan, foods such as sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkins, spinach and kale are all sources. Low levels of Zinc or Coeliac Disease can cause poor absorption of vitamin A which in turn may also have an effect on the thyroid gland.
Protein– protein deficiency is pretty rare in developed countries but can be found in malnourished individuals – prolonged crash dieting or eating disorders. Every cell in the body requires protein, including the follicle! Being deficient can lead to dry, brittle and thinning hair. The protein in your hair known as keratin provides the hair with elasticity without this, it just breaks. Sources include meat, eggs and dairy and if you are vegan lentils, beans, chickpeas, seeds & nuts and tofu.
Iron– this essential mineral has many different roles in the body, but most important for haemoglobin production, which is a protein contained in red blood cells that transports oxygen around the body. The hair needs this constant supply of oxygenated blood carrying nutrients. Deficiencies cause anaemia and could present themselves with excessive hair shedding. Good sources include meat, egg and fish. Plant based options are butter beans, chickpeas, kidney beans, figs, nuts & seeds, dates, broccoli and spinach. Coffee can inhibit the absorption of iron and vitamin C can help absorption of the mineral.
B12 – helps produce red blood cells and cell division, having enough of this vitamin is very important to the hair growth process and hair quality. B12 can be found in animal-based products such as meat, fish, chicken, dairy and eggs. For the vegan and vegetarian diet this can be sourced through fortified foods such as breakfast cereals, yeast extracts, soya yoghurts and plant milks or supplementation. Even if you have enough of these foods in your diet there are other factors leading to B12 deficiency; pernicious anaemia, use of acid reflux medications, intestinal disorders, gastric surgeries, alcoholism, poor vegan/vegetarian diet and heavy prolonged periods.
If you suspect you have any deficiencies it is very important to seek medical advice before self-supplementation.
With two ladies being pregnant in the salon, we got thinking about the impact pregnancy can have on your hair…. ??
It can be a bit of a rollercoaster for our follicles. Pregnancy itself can be amazing for our hair but often childbirth and afterwards we can find the exact opposite may happen.
I am currently in my 5th month of pregnancy, and like a lot of other women at this stage, I am experiencing the affects of the increased levels of oestrogen pumping around my body. Oestrogen has an extremely positive affect on the hair. The amount of hairs we lose daily dramatically decreases when we are pregnant, normally we would lose up to 100 hairs per day, this can decrease all the way down to 10 hairs per day! ?
So no wonder your hair can feel so much thicker. There is a higher percentage of actual growing hairs on the head, we call this the Anagen Phase (growing phase) in the hair world, the amount of anagen hairs can increase up to 10% whilst pregnant. Usually you will have less scalp complaints, less dandruff and less problems with greasy unmanageable hair, as we may produce less sebum.
Unfortunately, just as we are getting used to our “new hair” the inevitable happens - childbirth! ?? Our oestrogen levels start to fall making their way back down to pre-pregnancy levels, this may result in quite a lot of hair loss known as postpartum alopecia. Everyone is different - levels dropping at different rates. Someone with thicker hair may not notice as much shedding but those with finer/thinner hair may find it might have quite an impact, this can affect over 45% of women. It can be a very stressful and frightening time, as a lot of women will not understand why their hair is shedding at this accelerated rate. It can start anywhere from 2 to 6 months after birth and can last around 3 to 9 months - sometimes longer. The hair that is excessively shed will be replaced, the excessive shedding is a condition called Telogen Effluvium. Telogen is the “shedding stage”. The hair that would of shed in the last 9 months hasn’t and now actively is.
As your hormones are levelling out you will start to see this is temporary and the rate of hair loss is slowing and importantly being replaced.
The worst thing a woman can do is add stress into this equation, as this can result in even more hair loss and prolonged shedding. Even the trauma of giving birth and the body going through labour can provoke hair loss, especially if we have surgery or lose a lot of blood.
One myth is that breastfeeding will halt the progression of post-partum alopecia. Breast feeding may slow the dip of oestrogen in the body but the drop in hormone levels and the hair shedding will still occur - but perhaps at a slower rate.
Diet plays a major role in hair loss. When we are pregnant we may be victim to nausea or vomiting which isn’t always isolated to the first trimester, this can lead to deficiencies, or perhaps you have had food aversions to certain foods. For example, I used to love cashew nuts, rich in magnesium and iron, these nutrients would have been great for me and my growing baby but I cannot go near them at the moment ?. My main point is - a good balanced healthy diet is essential during and after pregnancy. Your body will prioritise your growing baby during pregnancy and will prioritise your vital organs over your hair follicles EVERYTIME!
An important thing to note is that the hair will fall regardless what is going on externally, the cause of the loss is internal so do not be frightened to brush or shampoo your hair. I know it is an unbelievably daunting experience to see all that extra hair in the brush or in the shower but it will return to normal through time and even knowing and preparing yourself with this information may be helpful.
Salon Closure - COVID-19
This is heartbreaking to announce but it is essential! ?
We all need to take responsibility to protect ourselves and everyone around us.
At The Hair Lab our priority is our clients and our team. We will be closing this evening (23rd March) until further notice. We will get in touch with every client that has upcoming appointments, please bear with us as this may take some time but we will be in touch to reschedule your appointment.
Integrations & Replacements
After Boris Johnson’s announcement tonight we know closures will be ongoing for at least 3 weeks. To support you we will be putting together videos on how to look after and adapt your hair system during this time. We will be in touch with everyone in date order.
Please contact us by message if you have any concerns about your system or replacements and someone will get back to you. We are more than happy to help.
If anyone would like gift cards, Davines or Olaplex products please get in touch and we can arrange this to be sent to you.
Stay home & stay safe - we will be back as soon as we possibly can.
The Hair Lab Team
The Hair Lab is going to be welcoming two new babies this year! Yes thats right... Two!!
Susan and Faye are both expecting, with Susan due to finish work end of July and Faye end of August.
Brooke and Kirsty will be here to look after and cover clients appointments while Susan and Faye are off.
Brooke has also been training in hair replacements so The Hair Lab will run as normal. Please do get in touch if you have any worries at all about upcoming appointments. ??
Davines definitely have the best smelling products. But beyond how they smell & how amazing they make your hair feel they are pretty good at trying to help look after our planet
as well as our hair ?
In 2006 Davines undertook a path to mitigate and compensate its CO2 emissions.The production site in Parma was provided with energy by renewable sources. The CO2 emissions deriving from the packaging of the best selling products, starting from Essential Haircare line, were compensated.
In 2016 Davines set its targets to raise the number of company vehicles with hybrid, hybrid plug-in and electric powering.
In 2017 the company's production site and Parma offices become "carbon neutral" thanks to the compensation of all the non-mitigated CO2
In 2018 Davines Group can proudly declare that all the packaging of its own products, of every line, are 100% compensated.
With the opening of Davines Village, the use of fossil gas is abandoned, replaced by bio-methan and geothermic energy. All the offices of the Group are now "carbon neutral". .
Introducing our range of Davines treatments available. There’s one for everyone. Throughout October we are giving away a free treatment with every colour service. ?♀️
MASCED - Melanoma And Skin Cancer Early Detection
As hairdressers we are seeing your scalp and other hard to check areas on a regular basis, these areas you cannot see yourself and therefore rely on others to check. We have the opportunity to observe changes you may not see or are not even aware of. So it made complete sense for us to do this. The Hair Lab have now been awarded with MASCED Certificate of Accreditation - this means we may be able to help detect a suspicious lesion & advise you to see your GP or Dermatologist.
Although the vast majority of all skin cancers are preventable, the disease remains the UK’s most common & fastest rising cancer & ignorance regarding the early signs & symptoms is widespread. Awareness is key!!
Thanks to everyone who helped us raise funds for TCCL.
TCCL have been serving the Tayside and NE fife community since 1994. They specialise in supporting families in our local area who have a child under the age of 18 and who has been diagnosed with either cancer or leukaemia.
They work with the local health services to provide additional supportive care during treatment and up to 3 years after treatment is completed (up to a max age of 21) for those who need it.
It is a very special charity ❤️
Check out what Angie did to raise money for #tamba we shaved
all her hair off ? she
will be donating her hair to #littleprincesstrustcharity if you would like to donate towards this cause the link is below
Tamba - Twins And Multiple Births Association - is the UK's leading twins and triplets charity working to improve the lives of twins, triplets or more, and their families.
LOVE Curl Range from Davines is pretty awesome for curls ?
The Shampoo is very gentle, there’s no sulphates or parabens. It’s moisturising and nourishing for your curls.
The Conditioner is left on for between 2-5 minutes and makes hair soft and light.
The secret weapon is most definitely the LOVE Curl Cream, this helps you achieve a better definition. It’s a leave in product but doesn’t weigh the hair down. It leaves no residue... just soft shiny curls. If you want any more info on this range just get in touch. ?
We are donating the price of
all kids cuts over the summer holidays again this year. This year we are donating to TCCL - Tayside Children with Cancer & Leukaemia. This is an amazing charity that supports families with
children who suffer from Cancer or Leukaemia. ❤️
Give us a phone or message to get your little ones booked in. ✂️
If you would like any more info on TCCL here is their website ??????
Healthy hair is beautiful hair! ?♀️
Olaplex helps keep your hair strong and prevents further damage.
When you visit the salon we can use No.1 as a full treatment or if we are colouring your hair we can add it into your colour.
No.2 treatment is applied after No.1 at the basin. We will then shampoo your hair with No.4 and condition your hair with No.5.
No.3 is an at home treatment to use between salon visits which you can purchase in the salon, along with No.4 Shampoo & No.5 Conditioner. 5 simple steps
An itchy scalp can vary from being a bit of a pain to feeling like its taking over and even feel a little embarrassing. There is a wide spectrum of conditions that can cause a troublesome scalp, from cradle cap to psoriasis to dandruff. These conditions can be treated with lots of different shampoos or lotions. It is very important to find out what is causing the problem so you can treat your scalp accordingly. Alot of these conditions can be caused by a reaction to Malassezia yeasts, this reaction causes the sebaceous gland (your oil gland) to produce too much sebum as a sort of defense mechanism and it is the dry sebum that is the scales and flakes "dandruff". These yeasts can cause reactions on the scalp, face, chest and back causing erythema patches which can be incredibly itchy.
Everyones trigger is different; stress is a major trigger, diet - eating too much sugar & bread, weather conditions - damp autumn time, and products!! I hear it a lot, "I have a really itchy scalp so ive been treating it with ....... " also a lot of homemade treatments like olive oil or coconut oil. These treatments may actually trigger outbreaks, the yeasts thrive on these fatty acids and see the oils as food. Infact in lab conditions this is what they would feed the Malassezia species to help them thrive for experiments.
So selecting the correct products is essential in controlling your condition and being consistent.
This is our new advert in the Dundee Courier in the Health Matters Supplement. If you have any questions regarding Hair replacements, our lace integration systems or wigs please call the salon or send us a message.
We have been fundraising all year for this amazing charity! We donated all our kids cuts throughout the summer holidays, donated all funds raised from spooky saturday - what a hit that was with the hair sparkles and the feathers, we donated over £100 of tips and lots of our generous clients were kind enough to donate as well.
Including gift aid our grand total is over £500.00.. We're pretty happy with that! Thank you very much everyone for your support.
Wow, what a day! The Hair Lab was buzzing! We had a great time adding spooky sparkles and feathers to your little ones. All the monies raised will be added to our funds already raised for cash for kids. We will have a grand total at the end of the year.
We had a fab time at the Shaba Awards. Faye didnt win her category but did really well getting as far as she did. Thank you to everyone for your support and your votes.
Meet the team
Left to right ;
Susan who has studied Trichology for two years and specialises in hair loss. Kirsty, the Lab's Trainee and also a qualified MUA. Faye, who is nominated and shortlisted for this years SHABA awards, Faye loves to take on a challenge and smash it!! And last but not least, Paula, she is a very experienced stylist who has now been with The Hair Lab for around 3 months and is very popular already with clients.
31st March 2018
We are a fully accredited Trichology Clinic. Which means we are members of a professional association. This is very important when you choose to seek advice. We are the only qualified and accredited Trichology Clinic in our area, we are members of The Association of Registered Trichologists, this is protection for the client, as a practising Trichologist there is a Code of Professional Practice and Ethics we have to follow. The industry is not regulated enough and too many people are caught out with this, wasting time and money.
27th January 2018
FORK TO FOLLICLE
As a Trichologist, I understand how crucial nutrition is to having healthy hair, a healthy scalp and also recovery from many hair loss conditions. I have studied clinical nutrition with some of the UK's top most respected experts. Enabling us to deliver to you, accurate nutritional advice.
We have put together and designed an information packed leaflet for everyone to grow the best hair they can and get the best out of their diets. Pop into the salon to pick one up.
4th January 2018
Happy New Year to everyone! It was crazy busy in the salon on the run up to Christmas and New Year, we absolutely love the buzz in the salon but we are glad its all over :)
We are now looking forward to lauching our very own custom made hair integration systems and hair replacement services. These services are for clients that are unfortunately experiencing hair loss, we custom make a unit that fits perfectly and uniquely to your own head and can be worn like your own hair meaning you do not have to take it off at the end of the day.
If anyone has any questions just get in touch - we are more than happy to help.
1st November 2017
We now have our very own vitamins available at The Hair Lab.
All about B vitamins & hair loss
The B Complex vitamins are a group of eight water-soluble vitamins essential for metabolism in the body. If your body is deficient in these vitamins it is going to impact your hair one way or another. Whether it be the structure of your hair causing breakage or it lacking shine or actual hair loss itself.
Here’s a few good to know facts…………
Riboflavin also known as vitamin B2, keeps skin and hair strong. Deficiencies cause hair loss and may be caused by many factors such as alcoholism, over active thyroid and being elderly. You can get B2 through eggs, leafy greens, lentils, chickpeas, milk and grains.
Pantothenic Acid also known as vitamin B5, supports the adrenal glands which help stimulate hair growth. B5 can be found in eggs, beef, chicken, avocado, nuts and potatoes.
Pyridoxine also known as vitamin B6. If your body is deficient in B6 you may experience skin problems, like dermatitis. Kidney disease, auto-immune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, malabsorption issues or alcoholism can cause deficiencies. You can find B6 in whole grains, leafy greens and meats.
Biotin known as B7, helps improve the keratin infrastructure, which is the main protein within the hair. Deficiencies can be caused by smoking, impaired liver function, eating too much egg whites – egg whites contain a protein that binds to the Biotin and prevents it from being absorbed by the body. Pregnancy can also cause deficiencies because of the rapidly dividing cells of developing foetus requires Biotin
Cobalamin also known as vitamin B12, is responsible for cellular metabolism and red blood cell formation. When a cell reproduces, one of the first things it has to do it copy the cellular DNA - hair growth is dependant on this process. Therefore, deficiencies can cause hair loss and prematurely whitening of the hair, which is reversible upon correcting the deficiency
Sunday, 29 th October 2017
Scotlands Business Awards
The Hair Lab was absolutely honoured to be finalists in Scotlands Business Awards 2017. Unfortunately we did not come home with any awards but we had an amazing night. Any excuse to get dressed up ;)
19th October 2017
The Hair Lab Kirriemuir 1 year old today!!!
We can hardly believe that The Lab 1 year old already! It has been such a quick year. We had lots of birthday cupcakes in the salon today as a big thank you to all our clients xxx
28th June 2017
I am so super excited! I have been studying really hard for the last two years, the hard work paid off. I was awarded with a merit pass. I am now a fully qualified Trichologist and fully accredited and registered with the Association of Registered Trichologists. I have enjoyed every single step of the course with the expert guidance from one of UK's top Trichologists, Mr Brian Plunkett and of course is team.