Mad Men’s January Jones, 35, recently admitted to suffering from hair loss. ‘I have been every colour and now my hair is falling out in clumps. I’m going to have to shave it off and wear a wig,’ she admits. Whether you’re experiencing hair loss through cancer treatment, wearing extensions or from age, specialist Lucinda Ellery gives her tips to avoid colour-induced hair loss. 

A: Hair loss can occur for a variety of reasons, from diet, hair quality and even anxiety – but in January Jones’ case, it’s through over-colouring.

My heart always goes out to these actresses who are put through hair trauma with colour changes, from dark to light, to dark again – and this undoubtedly affects your hair due to the amount of chemicals applied.

The main thing you need to consider is your hair’s condition. When you go to your stylist, ensure you have a full and thorough consultation.

When your colour is being applied, you should avoid having chemicals applied directly to the root, as this is where your hair is most sensitive.

By keeping the colour off the root, if the hair does break – it won’t be direct on the scalp and will therefore not cause long-term effects to your hair regrowth.

If you feel that you are starting to lose your hair through colouring, first things first –give your hair a break from any colour.

This should be around 6 months so that your hair can restore itself with its natural nutrients and, during this time, you should also take lots of healthy hair vitamins.

If you are concerned with the thickness of your hair, at Lucinda Ellery, we can provide very fine and natural looking med-connections that will support your hair’s regrowth and thickness (price on consultation). Also, a positive mental attitude is the way forward, your hair is not lost, and never think there is not a solution. Because there always is!

Lucinda Ellery,