Kiehl’s Amino Acid Shampoo (£19.50; kiehls.co.uk)
Alchemy Oils Amla Hair Remedy (£27; 0800 731 1256, lovelula.com)
Viviscal Professional Hair Growth Programme (£60; 0845 399 0035, viviscalprofessional.co.uk)
Kansha Alchemy Good Hair Nutrient Complex (£19.99; kanshaalchemy.com)
Redken Cerafill Defy Conditioner (£19; 0845 600 0815, redken.co.uk)
Aveda Lavender Fleurs Oil (£18.50; 0800 054 2979, aveda.co.uk)
TRESemmé Perfectly Undone Shampoo (£5.49; nationwide)
Kent Ladies Soft Brush LS9D (£36.30; 01442 232623, kentbrushes.com)
August is Hair Loss Awareness Month, although I’m sure if you’re affected by thinning yourself you are all too aware of the issue already. Usually caused by age, hormones, health problems or genetics, it can be distressing to start shedding, whatever your age.
Having battled with the problem of thinning hair herself, beauty PR-turned-alternative health practitioner Ann-Louise Holland spent years researching the subject before deciding to develop her own supplement range, Kansha Alchemy.
Containing more than 20 essential ingredients to helpthe body boost hair growth, it includes DHT blockers, that are claimed to decrease sensitivity to DHT (dihydrotestosterone), a testosterone derivative that is a key cause of androgenic alopecia – male pattern baldness, from which women can also suffer.
The idea is that these natural antiandrogens keep hair in the growing phase longer so you won’t shed as quickly.
“As well as taking vitamins, I would advise a good-quality probiotic if you have had a history of antibiotics use, since the ‘bad’ bacteria that grows after drug use increases DHT in the system, shrinking hair follicles,” says Ann-Louise.
A quick scalp massage is also worth building into your bedtime routine. “This is essential for increased blood flow to get nutrients to the scalp,” Ann-Louise adds. “Simply run your fingers through your hair and pull. If you’re not sure what to do, book yourself an Indian head massage and repeat the…