How to prevent hair loss: ‘Ideal’ washing routine to ‘avoid hair damage and loss’


Hair loss is a common problem in the UK with hair thinning and loss affecting 70 percent of all men by the age of 70, and 50 percent of women by the age of 50.

While it is a common problem, some people feel self-conscious about their hair loss and are looking for ways to avoid the problem by changing their lifestyle.

Eva Proudman, a trichologist at Absolute Collagen, has shared her advice “to avoid hair damage and loss” exclusively with

Rather than resorting to specific solutions, Eva suggested starting with what you use to care for your hair.

She explained: “Hair care is the first place to start to avoid hair damage and loss. Use a good shampoo and conditioner and get into a regular washing routine, every other day is ideal. 

“Dial down the heat, too much heat at temperatures above 180C can damage the hair, use a thermal protector spray when styling using heat. 

“When the hair is wet it is at its weakest, use a wide tooth comb on wet hair to avoid breakage and damage.”

Eva also said eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, staying hydrated and getting a good sleep will help to prevent hair loss.

She added: “In cases of specific symptoms such as thinning, patches of loss, hairline recession excessive hair shedding seek a consultation with Trichologist.”

There are also ways people can boost hair growth and support hair health using their lifestyle.

Eat a balanced diet

Ensuring enough protein each day is important as protein is key to hair health and hair growth.

Stay hydrated

The hair is made of 10 percent water and it needs hydration just like the rest of our bodies.

Vitamin D and vitamin B12

Eva said: “Most of us are low or deficient in Vitamin D, this vitamin supports hair health, helps the hair to stay in the growing phase supports the creation of new follicles and helps to regulate the immune system, taking 1000IU daily should keep you in a good mid-range and will support your hair health.

“If you follow a plant-based diet then supplement Vitamin B12, this vitamin is key to hair health and is only found on animal proteins.”


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