Stress can cause hormonal imbalances which then lead to hair loss. Breathing exercises and making time to switch off can help you de-stress. If you’re still concerned about thinning hair, see your GP to rule out medical causes such as anaemia, polycystic ovaries or an underactive thyroid.
Make sure that you have plenty of protein-rich food in your diet as this will help your body produce keratin, which is essential for hair growth. Good sources include eggs, fish and lean meat. Iron is also important for healthy hair, so eat red meat, beans and green, leafy vegetables or take a supplement.
Choose the right shampoo
Avoid shampoos that contain sodium lauryl sulphate, as they can be harsh on your scalp. Use conditioner on the bottom two-thirds of your hair rather than your scalp because it can clog up your hair follicles, restricting growth.
Change your hairstyle
Tight ponytails, cornrows and extensions can result in traction alopecia, which means hair loss caused by persistent pulling on the roots. Change to a style that puts less tension on your hair.
Try a hair-loss product
Hair-loss products contain an ingredient called minoxidil, which stimulates follicles. They are suitable for hair that is thinning gradually, but not for sudden or patchy hair loss, or after pregnancy.