Contrary to popular belief, humidity does not directly cause hair loss. However, it can create conditions that make hair more susceptible to breakage and shedding.
When the air is humid, the hair absorbs water vapour, which causes the hair shaft to swell. This swelling can damage the hair’s cuticle, which is the outer layer of the hair that protects it from damage. A damaged cuticle can make hair more prone to breakage and shedding. Additionally, humidity can cause the scalp to produce more oil, clogging the hair follicles. Clogged hair follicles can make it difficult for hair to grow and can lead to hair loss.
Preventing Hair Loss
Here are some tips on preventing and treating hair loss in Singapore’s humid climate:
1. Maintain a healthy scalp
For good hair development, a healthy scalp is non-negotiable. Wash your hair regularly with a mild shampoo and conditioner to remove dirt, oil, and product buildup. Avoid over-washing your hair, as this can strip it of its natural oils and make it more susceptible to breakage.
2. Use anti-humidity hair products
Anti-humidity hair products can help to protect your hair from the moisture in the air and prevent frizz. Look for products that contain ingredients like silicone, dimethicone, or amodimethicone.
3. Protect your hair from the sun
The sun’s UV rays can damage your hair and lead to breakage and hair loss. Be sure to wear a hat or scarf when you’re outdoors, and use a leave-in conditioner with UV protection.
4. Eat a healthy diet
A healthy diet is important for overall health and well-being, including hair health. Make sure to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and include lean protein and healthy fats in your diet.
5. Manage stress
Stress can trigger hair loss. Find wholesome stress-reduction strategies, such as yoga, meditation, or physical activity.
Treatment For Hair Loss
If you’re already experiencing hair loss, there are a number of things you can do to treat it and promote hair growth:
1. Use a hair loss treatment product
There are a number of over-the-counter and prescription hair loss treatment products available. Some of the most common ingredients in hair loss treatment products include minoxidil (Rogaine) and finasteride (Propecia).
2. See a dermatologist
See a dermatologist or a hair care expert if you’re unsure what’s causing your hair loss or if over-the-counter products aren’t working for you. A dermatologist can diagnose the cause of your hair loss and recommend the best treatment options for you.
3. Avoid tight hairstyles
Tight hairstyles, such as tight ponytails and braids, can put stress on your hair and lead to breakage.
4. Be gentle with your hair when brushing and styling it
When your hair is damp, use a wide-tooth comb to gently untangle it. Use heat styling equipment sparingly on your hair.
5. Get regular trims
Getting regular trims can help to remove split ends and prevent breakage.
6. Consider a scalp treatment
Scalp treatments can help to improve scalp health and promote hair growth. There are a number of different types of scalp treatments available, including scalp massages, scalp scrubs, and scalp masks.
It’s important to note that no one-size-fits-all solution for preventing and treating hair loss exists. What works for one person may not work for another. If you’re concerned about hair loss, it’s best to talk to a dermatologist or other hair care professional like us.
If you require a thorough consultation on how to solve your hair loss problem effectively, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.