Should you be worried about hair loss? It depends. As a major concern among women, especially when you’re staring at the loose strands on your brush or the clump of hair at your drain, here’s how you can tell that your hair is — or isn’t — a cause of alarm. Experts say that it’s totally normal to shed 50 – 100 hairs a day, as your hair follicles are able to easily replace that amount. But what happens when you’re beyond that point, and what can you do to help?
Granted, hair loss may be caused by a wide range of factors, including genetics, hormones and diet, though there are certain things you can do in order to maintain or improve your head of hair — and your scalp. We’ve compiled a few helpful tips from our consultation with TK TrichoKare‘s certified trichologists, who also tells us why a scalp treatment from time to time is absolutely necessary to maintain your beautiful tresses too.
OUR EXPERIENCE AT TK TRICHOKARE
Before we delve into the dos and don’ts, there’s something you can do for your hair that will significantly impact its health. A hair & scalp treatment, and not just one that nourishes your tresses. If you’re looking for one that strengthens both your scalp and your hair, while dealing with hair fall and other common woes, TK TrichoKare’s Advanced Scalp Detox & Care Treatment is a good place to start.
The brand is based on trichology, also known as the scientific study relating to scalp and hair health. It’s a well-rounded study that has to do with anatomy, chemistry, physiology, nutrition, genetics and microbiology, so they’re well-versed to consult on everything from sensitive scalps to alopecia and post-partum hair loss.
Furthermore, TrichoKare has established a high-quality European standard over the years, and uses premium European herbs in all their treatments, which are customised for you after a consultation with their experts. The products use contain pure bio-extract, and are formulated via a perspective that combines a knowledge of ancient herbs with modern science. You’ll see what we mean below, when we detail the process of our treatment.
Before the treatment starts, a personalised Hair & Scalp Analysis was conducted using a 200x magnifying lens on your scalp to gather more visual insight. Three things are considered here — the number of strands from each hair follicle, how congested your hair pores are; and the condition of your scalp, whether it looks clear, oily, or flaky etc. Your trichologist / hair & scalp specialist will also ask about your lifestyle and daily habits before recommending a suitable treatment.
customised premium european herbal scalp masque
This step’s a must, no matter how different our hair concerts are. The hair & scalp specialist proceeded to customise a herbal scalp masque that helps to tackle my hair & scalp’s current condition. It was spread onto the scalp, part by part, using a brush in order to detox the scalp, removing impurities and excess sebum before washing the hair.
Revitalising hair bath
All good hair & scalp treatments include a hair wash, and this is done with their high-quality, in-house shampoo and conditioner, which uses natural ingredients to cleanse and soothe the scalp. This step helps the scalp restore its own sebum balance, and feels extra refreshing thanks to the shampoo’s slight minty sensation.
Once your hair and scalp are thoroughly cleansed, a specialised tool was used simultaneously with a customised ampoule to infuse the hair with oxygen and nutrients it needed, enabling them to penetrate deeply into the scalp. This step is done to accelerate your scalp’s cell metabolism and improve blood circulation, and is said to help reactivate up to 80% dormant hair follicles while boosting collagen to further reduce hair loss and delay scalp ageing. It’s needle-less and painless by the way, and involves your hair & scalp specialist gently parting your hair in sections in order to better deliver the nutrients to all the right places.
Your hair and scalp is then treated to a sci-fi experience, one that greatly benefits them. TK TrichoKare uses these futuristic helmets with infrared lights, a technology that supports hair regeneration, improves blood circulation, and helps accelerate healing.
above: comparing the results before & after the treatment
Once you’re done, you’ll find yourself back in the consultation room, where your trichologist / hair & scalp specialist will analyse your hair & scalp again with the same magnifying tool. What I discovered after the treatment was a dramatic difference in the before and after photos of my scalp.
While my scalp had started off in a not-so-great position, with flaky and cloudy-looking skin, I noticed a much cleaner surface post-treatment, with less congested pores; these are results I probably won’t be able to achieve just at home. I also felt that it was less irritated and more refreshed. The most obvious difference though would be my hair — instead of looking limp and heavy, it was much more fluffy at the top and easier to comb through.
If you’d like to try TK TrichoKare’s hair and scalp treatment for yourself — here’s good news. The Award-Winning Advanced Scalp Detox & Care Treatment is available at $40 NETT, for the month of April, and comes with a Free HairGRO Ampoule + Free Full Size Hair Bath (250ml), worth $745 in total.
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5 TIPS TO CARE FOR YOUR HAIR & SCALP
1. Wash your hair every day
The general consensus is that we should be washing our hair every other day, or even every 2 or 3 days — but here’s why we shouldn’t. Hairstylists and trichologists in Singapore insist that daily hair washing, given our humid weather, is a must to maintain the health of our scalp. Washing your hair removes the buildup of excess oils that can be caused by sweat or styling products, and prevents bad bacteria or fungus from developing. The good habit also means dead skin cells, that lead to dandruff, are promptly removed so our hair follicles aren’t as congested. Make sure you create enough lather as well, so your shampoo can effectively get rid of unwanted grime.
2. Avoid shampooing your hair under hot water
A hot shower sounds great and all, but we don’t want it going directly on our scalp. Our scalp’s actually more delicate than we think; hot water can dehydrate the scalp and strip hair of its natural oils, making your hair structure weaker and more prone to breakage. There may be irritation and inflammation of the scalp as well. Instead, go for a lukewarm shower that still opens up your pores without scalding your skin.
3. Dry your hair and scalp thoroughly before sleeping
While some of us may be hesitant about causing further heat damage by blow drying our hair, it’s actually a good habit to cultivate. Leaving your hair wet for a long time — especially overnight — may cause unhealthy bacteria and fungus to grow on the scalp. Additionally, hair that’s left wet for a prolonged period of time causes the cortex to swell up, which weakens the hair and makes it brittle. Here’s how you should do it instead: either blow dry or towel dry your hair, making sure that your head isn’t left wet, while you may leave your hair ends to air dry.
4. Do not leave hair oil on overnight
If you’ve got a habit of oiling your hair, that is, putting oil onto hair and massaging it into the scalp, then listen up. While the practice is rooted in Ayurvedic medicine and has many benefits including nourishing your hair and having it look extra shiny, leaving oil overnight can block the hair follicles and lead to scalp infections. Keep the oil on for 30 minutes, then wash thoroughly with a shampoo.
5. Don’t just rely on home treatments to keep your hair in tip-top condition
Now, this one sounds pretty obvious, but those worried about their hair will often seek out home remedies first, which makes sense — a hair loss shampoo or hair growth tonic will go a long way in helping your hair and scalp if you’re diligent about using them. However, don’t skimp on the treatments either. As much as these off-the-counter products help with daily maintenance, there’s a limit to what they can do when it comes to the internal structure of your scalp skin, or cells within the epidermis layer and below. Scalp treatments are actually able to go deeper into your hair follicles to stimulate hair growth and repair, which is then further supported by the home care products — not the other way round.
TK TrichoKare Advanced Scalp Detox & Care Treatment at $40 NETT, with Free HairGRO Ampoule + Free Full Size Hair Bath (250ml). Available at all TK Trichokare outlets: Clementi Mall #05-11, NEX #02-24, Ngee Ann City #05-22A, Velocity@Novena Square #03-19, Jurong Point 1, #B1-62.
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