Hair loss and extension specialist, Lucinda Ellery, has just launched National No Pulling Week to help raise awareness of Trichotillomania. 

The disorder, also known as TTM, causes people to pull out their hair, and affects one million people in the UK. It’s often triggered by stress and treatment options can vary from hypnotherapy to acupuncture.

‘I think it’s important to mention that it is not only TTM that causes hair loss,’ explains Lucinda. ‘There are many variations and reasons as to why we lose our hair that can send us girls straight to the panic button.’

Lucinda’s connection to this cause is a personal one, as she suffered hair loss herself at a very young age. Since then, she has tried to maximise awareness and helps support those going through the condition. Here, she gives Woman’s Own the low-down on hair loss, from what’s normal to tips and tricks to boost hair health.

Did you know?

‘It’s important to know that there are times when it is absolutely natural for us to lose our hair. Twice a year – usually around spring and autumn/winter, we actually molt just like our pets!’

Can I inherit hair loss?

‘If you’re worried that your Mum or Gran are a little sparse on the crown, this doesn’t mean you will automatically follow suit.’

How much is too much?

‘It’s also wise to know that our hair has a cycle that sees us shed approximately 100 to 150 hairs a day, totaling thousands a month. So if you suddenly become aware of hair shedding and stop giving your locks a good brush, the build up can appear catastrophic when you see those shed hairs stuck in the bath plug.’

Brush up!

‘If you notice a few extra hairs falling out, try not to panic. Brush your hair well and regularly to stimulate your scalp and keep the blood flowing for healthy tresses.’

Take vitamins

‘If you are concerned about hair loss, see your doctor. Taking hair-boosting vitamins could help, too, but be patient and give them time.’

For more information on Trichotillomania and hair loss, visit lucindaellery-hairloss.co.uk.