Male pattern baldness is an issue everyone is familiar with, but many don't realize millions of women deal with thinning hair as they age, too.
Thinning hair is a problem that many women face in private. It can be embarrassing and emotionally trying, but there are a few causes of thinning hair that you might not be aware of.
Avoid these top five triggers to ensure your hair is healthy and beautiful regardless of your age.
Pulling your hair back into a tight ponytail or bun might seem like an easy way to look stylish, but overtime it can lead to thinning hair.
This tight hairstyle pulls on the hair follicles, damaging them. this is known as traction alopecia. A couple of tight ponytails are fine, but years of such hairstyles can lead to permanent hair loss.
The high heat from blow dryers and straighteners can damage your hair; that much is known. But most people don't realize it can lead to thinning hair, too. Limit the amount of heat you use on your hair, and air dry as often as possible. Also, never use a straightening iron on wet hair, even if the product suggests it is safe to use on wet hair.
Not Managing Stress
Stressful events (such as the death of a loved one, a breakup, or financial issues) can cause hair loss, experts say. In many cases, the hair loss can take up to six weeks to take affect. The actual mechanism behind this effect is unknown, but doctors believe hormone shifts may play a part. The good news is that hair generally grows back when stress is under control.
Brushing When Wet
Brushing your hair when wet can damage and break the hair, leading to thinning hair in patches. Avoid brushing your hair as soon as you get out of the shower. Instead, opt for brushing once it is dry and less vulnerable. Be sure to squeeze the water out of your hair — don’t rub it with a towel. Before using a wide tooth comb, apply product. You can also comb in the shower to remove tangles when wet.
Eating A Poor Diet
Your diet can affect everything from your overall health to hair growth. According to doctors, a spike in Vitamin A can actually cause hair loss. To keep your hair in great shape, avoid taking excessive vitamin supplements, and ensure you are eating a healthy, balanced diet. Download our free infographic on nutrition for optimal hair below.
If you are in need of advice for your thinning hair, contact the professionals at The Salon by Lora Brown.
Having money set aside for retirement is a major part of living a stress-free life. Unfortunately, many hairdressers are self-employed or work for small salons that aren’t able to offer retirement benefits.
If you're a stylist, can you still plan for your future?
Fortunately, you can. Here are five vital steps for creating a comfortable retirement as a hairdresser.
1. Establish A Savings Account
This should be a no-brainer, but many adults fail to open savings accounts. Savings accounts are beneficial for three main reasons:
Once you’ve established your savings account, it’s important to handle it well. Start by determining how much you can afford to put in it each month.
If you can, have your clients pay in checks. You can then deposit these checks directly into your count for ease of access.
2. Work To Pay Off Debt
Student loans draining your bank account? Or maybe you bought a new car on a whim and are now regretting the payments. Whatever the case, debt is the no.1 contributor to poverty.
Before you can begin saving for retirement, it’s crucial to pay off as much debt as possible. Yes, it may delay your retirement fund for a couple of years, but think of it as a necessary part of the process.
When you have little to no debt, you can save and invest even more for the future.
3. Invest Safely With An IRA
Some salons offer 401K programs or other retirement plans, but many don’t. If yours doesn’t, or if you’re self-employed, it’s important to invest in your own plan.
Investing can be scary, especially when you work for yourself. You don’t want your hard-earned money being flushed down the toilet. The good news is that investment accounts vary in risk level.
With the right IRA (Individual Retirement Account), you can take on low-risk investments that make money slowly and steadily. Even better? When you have an IRA, you qualify for tax breaks that help you save even more money.
4. Seek Out Professionals
Finances can be overwhelming. Whether you’re stuck in debt with no end in sight, or you want to learn which type of IRA is right for you, speaking with a financial advisor can help.
In addition to meeting personally with a professional, you can browse the internet for classes and programs offered by well-qualified experts.
5. Get Started Now
The most important thing to remember about planning for retirement is that it’s never too early—or too late—to start. No matter where you are in your hair stylist journey, implement these steps now and look forward to a bright future.
Are you ready to prepare for your future as a stylist? Enroll in the Associate Program at The Salon by Lora Brown.
Lora Brown is a master stylist and the owner of The Salon by Lora Brown. She has worked in the salon industry for 30 years.