Our hair is made up of several layers of protein which is also known as keratin, and it grows from the hair follicles just right underneath the scalp. A healthy scalp ensures healthy hair growth, producing a strong hair structure that is shiny, moisturised, and not easy to fall off. 

When it comes to hair loss or alopecia, many would have thought it only happens to elderly people, but they are wrong. Believe it or not, hair loss can hit as early as in our 20s for a multitude of reasons, but they are mostly non cicatricial and reversible. 

Our hair is something people usually take for granted until they start losing it, but it is never too late to start practicing hair loss prevention. Here are a few simple tips to get into throughout the year to prevent and restrict hair loss.

Investing in specialty hair care products

Most ordinary hair care products consist of strong chemicals that are harsh on the scalp, which will ultimately result in hair loss. Investing in high-quality hair products can help to keep hair healthy and promote hair growth. Hair products that are specially formulated as a preventive solution for specific hair concerns like hair loss do help soothe scalp irritation, reduce scalp inflammation, and stimulate hair growth. 

Having a well balanced diet

What you eat is what you become, eating a well-balanced diet that is rich in protein and nutrients can help reduce the risk of hair loss, and also promote optimal hair growth. Consuming more protein will help our body to produce more keratin which protects and strengthens the structure of our hair. 

Consume multivitamin supplements

Multivitamins are supplements that contain many different vitamins and minerals to help fill in the potential gaps in the diet of what people may have missed from their meals.  

  • Vitamin A, B, C, and D are essential in prolonging the life cycle of hair, rejuvenating the cells to increase the growth rate of hair, as well as helping the scalp produce more sebum which acts as a protective layer to shield the scalp and hair. 
  • Minerals like iron, zinc, and selenium are also responsible for preventing hair loss and support healthy blood supply to revitalise aged cells in the body.

Avoid wearing tight hairstyles 

Traction alopecia is probably the easiest one to prevent by just avoiding excessive hair management with tight hairstyles. The key here is to keep the stress on the hair follicles as low as possible.

  • Hair braiding is one of the most damaging styling techniques for hair health. Braids that are too tight will put immoderate tensile stress on the hair follicles which will gradually weaken them and eventually lead to hair loss. 
  • Ladies are suggested to regularly change their hairstyles alternating between braids, ponytails, or just wearing the hair down. 

Have a regular scalp treatment

Preventing hair loss is always more effective than treating the issue when it happens. Regular scalp treatments in salons or using hair masks at home are among the most effective hair loss prevention practices.

A scalp treatment is usually based on scientific research for the purpose of improving the condition of the scalp, providing a healthy environment for your hair growth.

Avoid hot showers

Hot showers are warm and comfortable but can be more damaging to our hair than we know. Water at high temperatures can wash away the essential oils that protect our hair and scalp, therefore causing inflamed and dry scalp which will eventually result in hair loss. 

Share with us if you have any better tips to prevent hair loss in your early 20s in the comment section below!

Those in the hairdressing industry will tell you that their everyday goal is to help their customers look and feel great, and that being able to do that is one of the best feelings in the world. Much more than making people feel good about themselves, hairdressers also maintain the wellness of their customers’ hair. 

It’s no wonder that every year, the fabulous hairdressing industry draws thousands of talented young people into apprenticeships, with straightforward paths to advance to. 

One clear success story is none other than La’gent by Danai’s very own award-winning Creative Director, Dasheric Tan.

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What is your role in the company?

I am a Creative Director at La’gent by Danai, and I am responsible for the brand’s vision to be part of customers’ momentous hair stories by providing them with seasonal trending cuts and styling techniques.

As I progress, I find myself becoming more interested in helping customers achieve enhanced, colour-treated hairstyles. Hence, I dedicate most of my time and energy into training and practicing, which has scored me an award.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I grew up in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia, a beautiful place best known for tea plantations, fruit and vegetable farms, and jungle trails, and arguably the most popular of the highland retreats!

A lot of my inspiration was born at a young age from just playing outdoors and observing all the different textures of natural materials. Besides, being outdoors gave me a bit of a knack for creating things.

Why did you choose to be a hairstylist ?

Well, hairstyling is an artistic career. I have always enjoyed creating art and one of the best parts of being a hairstylist is that I can do just that and use my creativity to help my customers express themselves with the hair they desire. 

Is it challenging to be a hairstylist ?

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All professions have their unique challenges and hairstylists are not an exception. The ever-changing hairdressing industry will constantly introduce new hair trends and products, so it is important for us to always keep up to date with the latest fashions and trends, attend hair shows and training courses and prove that we have the skills and knowledge to offer all ages.

You mentioned earlier that you are into hair colouring. How long did it take for you to master the technique and knowledge involved in being an excellent hair colourist today?

Actually, this varies depending on the person’s passion. Some people take years to master a skill, but I would say that I managed to master it in quite a short period of time. Not to overstate, but when I am really passionate and have a big dream about something, I go all out, whether it is being a professional hairstylist or a colourist.

The passion and dream that I possess motivate me to keep on practicing, improving, and challenging myself.

What is the biggest challenge of being a hair colourist?

Hair colouring is a complex and skilled job requiring creativity and knowledge and may offer more creative possibilities than hair cutting.

A change in hair colour can accentuate the eyes and skin, and transform a cut with texture and volume, as well as making an impact with a bold shade.

What are the awards you have achieved so far?

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I won the Loreal Professionnel Style & Colour 2019 (Men’s Category, Northern Region) trophy recently.

What advice would you give to those who dream of being a professional hair colourist?

A good colourist has great people skills, and is able to listen to customers and interpret their wants, even if they can’t really describe what they want very well!

You will need to work and compromise with customers to find a colour or technique that can enhance their overall look.

Is there a hair product that you can’t live without ?

I would say shampoo. Shampoo is an essential for everyone. A good brand of shampoo will help rejuvenate a person’s hair condition.

I am currently using Kerastase’s ‘Bain Densite Homme’. It is a daily shampoo to treat thinning hair for men. The shampoo is combined with biotin and texturising polymers that have an instant densifying action on the hair fiber, leaving a fresh and thickening effect on the hair and scalp for a light and healthy look on men.

Sick of your hairstyle? Well, consider visiting La’gent by Danai because Dash would be absolutely happy to give you a hair makeover with his magic hands!

If you are wondering what other awesome services La’gent by Danai offers, click here to find out! 

Making sure that your crowning glory lives up to its namesake is more than just about which shampoo to use. A multitude of different factors affects how sleek, shiny, and strong your hair is. From hair-healthy diets to scalp treatments, here are five healthy hair habits to start right now for your healthiest hair ever. 

Minimise Usage of Heat Styling Tools

Curling irons, flat irons, tongs and blow dryers are all great for creating a customised and fabulous look, but they can also leave our hair fried and frizzled. Human hair contains keratin proteins and hydrogen bonds. Heat styling tools strip our hair of its natural oils and proteins by breaking down those hydrogen bonds, causing breakage, drying and damage. This does not mean that we should ditch heat styling tools altogether—they really can give you hairstyles that aren’t achievable any other way! However, it is wise to taper their usage to a recommended frequency of thrice a week.

Life Is Not Too Short For Conditioning After Shampooing

The shampoo is designed to clean the scalp and remove excess oil, but it can also strip the scalp of important oils produced, leaving both hair and scalp dry. Conversely, the hair conditioner smooths the hair cuticle, detangles hair, and adds body. Avoiding conditioner makes our hair more prone to breakage, which can lead to the appearance of thinning hair. This is why conditioning after you shampoo is essential to having healthy, shiny hair.

Power Foods For Luscious Locks

Our furry friends aren’t the only ones whose diets affect their coat and sheet. Our luscious locks also depend on what we consume. Just like skin, the condition of our hair is an outward sign of inside health. The cells that make up each strand of hair require a regular supply of key nutrients which are protein, iron, vitamins C, A, E, omega-3, zinc & selenium, and biotin. As hair is made of protein, ensuring that we have enough protein in our diet is crucial for making our hair strong and healthy. The lack thereof will result in hair becoming dry, brittle and weak. Chicken, turkey, fish, dairy products, and eggs are excellent sources of protein along with vegetarian sources such as legumes and nuts. The correct balance of said nutrients in our diet will supply our hair with all that it needs to remain shiny, lustrous and strong.

The Right Temperature

For some people, ‘lukewarm’ isn’t exactly the preferred shower temperature. While cold showers are not ideal, lukewarm showers are the perfect in-between. The reason for this is because hot showers can cause pain and skin redness, as well as dry out our hair and scalp. The result is hair that’s brittle and more prone to breakage. To protect your hair, wash it in lukewarm water instead of hot, and rinse it with cooler water.

Healthy Scalp for Healthier Hair

Speaking of the scalp, the fifth step in reaching the pinnacle of hair health is by getting a scalp treatment. After some time, our scalp is built up with dead skin cells and dirt. A scalp treatment cleanses the scalp and enhances the growth of thicker and stronger hair. Other than that, it unclogs hair follicles, stimulates blood flow, gets rid of dandruff, and prevents hair loss.

Nourish your scalp today at La’gent by Danai while enjoying a relaxing and indulgent spa-like experience.