It’s that time of the year again!

How many of us proudly announce from the 1st January we are going to eat better, exercise more, lose weight, reduce stress, be healthier?…….. do you ever see it through?

Self-care is perhaps one of the most common promises we make to ourselves at the start of a new year, and given the year we’ve just had, taking better care of ourselves should be a priority. Many of us have experienced a rise in stress levels as we learn to cope with financial worries and uncertainty, maybe the loss of loved ones. Then there are the effects of being stuck indoors for much of the year, with the fridge and a wine bottle in too easy reach!!……. I’ll be honest, I am twice the woman I was 12 months ago!

Here is another angle on self-care, YOUR HAIR WILL THANK YOU FOR IT!

The most common cause of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia (hereditary hair loss), but additional health problems such as type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, as well as the various medications prescribed to treat these issues can also lead to hair loss or exacerbate an existing hair loss issue. We tend to not pay much attention until these things affect us but treating hair loss associated with these health problems can be incredibly challenging, and in some cases, there is not a lot that can be done. In particular, remaining on a medication to treat a serious health issue will always take priority over hair loss!

The key message here is:

Prevention is better than cure!

Taking better care of ourselves now (and for the long term), means we have a better chance of preventing these health problems later down the line, and the less likely we will need a cupboard full of medication. Those with a family history of these health problems should pay particular attention to this advice.

I love my job…… but I love hair more! It would be great to see less people in my clinic with these health issues, which could mean (potentially) we increase the chances of hair loss recovery in some people.

It’s never too late to make some positive changes to your lifestyle (however small).

Personally, I have committed to moving more, so I have joined a challenge to walk 1000 miles this year.

What changes will you make for your health….and your hair??