Why am I having a bad hair day? Top 20 reasons revealed

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Why am I having a bad hair day? I got out of bed on the wrong side….

* Survey from Crown Clinic reveals that bad luck is most popular explanation for why
our hair simply won’t behave

* The weather is second biggest factor – with rain, humidity and hot
summer days all to blame

* Having a lie-in was the third most popular cause – with women in
particularly saying they simply haven’t the time to sort out their
locks properly

* The fourth key factor were hangovers – many respondents said it was
impossible to sort their hair out after a big night out

* Other popular reasons for bad hair days were thinning locks and too
much blow drying

The top 20 root causes for having a bad hair day have been revealed in
a new survey.
And the most popular reason given for why hair inexplicably won’t
behave is plain back luck.
Almost of respondents put some of their bad hair days down to ‘getting
out of bed the wrong side’- easily the most popular answer.
The second most popular cause was the weather, with rain, humidity and
summer heatwaves all given as explanations for why we have bad hair on
any given day by 42% of those polled.
Having a lie-in was the third most popular cause – with women in
particular blaming a lack of time to do their hair for not looking
their best.
The fourth most popular answer was a hang-over – with many respondents
saying they found it impossible to get their hair sorted after a big
night out.
Another key factor was thinning hair – in both men AND women.
The results are revealed in a new poll of 1,000 people by Crown Clinic
in Manchester – Britain’s premier hair transplant clinic.
Bad hair days are often described as one of the great mysteries of modern life.
Women have them up to three days a week – meaning 26 years of bad hair
throughout their lives.
Studies show that that bad hair days affect more than appearance – and
they can shatter an individual’s self-confidence.
But hair transplant surgeon Asim Shahmalak said there were strong
scientific reasons why our hair does not look its best – and there
were simple remedies everyone can take to avoid bad hair days.
Dr Shahmalak – hair loss expert on the TV show Embarrassing Bodies –
said: “We’ve all woken up in the morning and found it impossible to
make our hair look good.
“Many people think this is just down to bad luck and there is nothing
they can do to prevent bad hair days.
“But there are lots of simple ways to improve the health of your hair
– the key is good diet, limiting stress and not damaging your hair
through over bleaching.”
Dr Shahmalak said that thinning hair  – particularly amongst women –
was a big reason for bad hair days.
He said: “Thinning hair is not just a problem for men – around 40% of
women experience some kind of hair loss in their lives, compared to
65% of men.
“Sometimes this happens temporarily in women due to pregnancy or
illness but many women suffer permanent hair loss which can be
enormously damaging to their self esteem.
“We have seen a big rise in women seeking hair transplants as a
permanent solution to the problem.
“Men with thinning hair have three solutions to avoid a bad hair days.
Either they shave their head like Bruce Willis.
“Or they try to comb over their bald spot like
David Cameron who has covered up a growing bald spot on his crown in
this way.
“Or they change their hair style completely and comb it forward like
George Osborne, who joked that this was his way of
halting the recession of his hair.
“Sadly none of these methods will bring back their lost hair – only a
hair transplant can do that.”

Dr Shahmalak is big favourite with celebrities, having performed hair
transplants on the TV doctor Christian Jessen and the model Calum Best
at Crown Clinic.

He has also pioneered new surgical techniques and was the first
surgeon in the UK to perform an EYELASH transplant.

Top 20 reasons for bad hair days

1 I got out of bed the wrong side ie bad luck

2 The weather

3 Having a lie-in – not having enough time to prepare

4 Hangovers

5 Thinning hair – in both men and women

6 Poor hair products

7 Grey roots showing in dyed hair

8  Illness

9 Hair is too greasy

10  I need a haircut

11 Blow drying too much

12 Poor diet

13 Drinking too much alcohol

14 Wrong shampoo

15 Time of the month

16 The comb-over just isn’t working

17 Taking the pill – this can cause hair to thin

18  Over bleaching

19 Poor hair dye

20 Change of routine – sleeping at another person’s house

Dr Shahmalak’s five top tips for avoiding bad hair days

1 Food such as eggs, fish, bananas and spinach provide your hair with
rich nutrients that stimulate hair growth, strengthen hair cuticles
and give your hair that lustre we all crave. A poor diet that lacks
nutrients which result in dry, brittle, lifeless hair.  You hair grows
at a rate of half an inch every four to six weeks. If you change your
diet now, you can expect to see better results in 3-6 months.

2  Avoid stress – stress affects your hormones, which results in
poor-looking hair. An abundance of estrogen may help the growth and
retention of hair, while too much testosterone can have the opposite

3 Certain times of the month for women can be a problem – usually the
third week of a woman’s cycle will trigger estrogen production which
will in turn trigger increased oil production causing the hair to look
limp and lifeless and making it difficult to get it into its normal
style. A simple remedy is to shampoo twice rather than once.

4 Build-up of hair products – the ingredients in conditioners and
styling products cling to our hair and do not get washed out during
regular shampooing. It can make hair look straggly and limp. Find a
shampoo that is specfically made for ridding their hair of this

5 Keratin is the protein that gives hair its structure. Humidity in
the air makes the bonds inside that protein break apart causing hairs
to swell up – making your hair frizzy. Even in winters months when the
air turns drier, your hair may still not co-operate. The cold air,
combined with dry heat in your home, can remove moisture from your
hair, and leave it full of static. The key is to keep your locks
trimmed and well conditioned with high quality products.

Our Surgeon

Dr. Asim Shahmalak

Dr Asim Shahmalak is a world-renowned hair transplant surgeon who performed the UK’s first eyelash transplant in 2009. He runs Crown Clinic – one of Britain’s most successful and best known hair transplant clinics. He has treated a number of high-profile industry leaders and celebrities including the medical broadcaster Dr Christian Jessen, best known for Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies.

Expert hair transplant surgery by Dr Shahmalak

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When the sun comes out, we know that we need to apply sunscreen to protect our skin, but many people forget to pay the same care to protecting their hair. Between the sun, sea and swimming pools, many of our favourite summer activities can significantly damage our hair – so the next time you go out to enjoy the sunshine, find out what you can do to protect it.


Why does sun damage the hair?


Sun damage to the hair is caused by the harmful UVA and UVB rays, which damage the outermost layer of the layer – the cuticle – and weaken the protein structure of the hair, making it dry, brittle and more prone to breaking. Some people find that their hair lightens in the sun, as the rays act in a similar fashion to bleach, stripping the melanin from the hair.


Protecting your hair from the sun


Wearing a hat is an easy way to protect your hair and scalp from the sun, especially if you’re outside when the sun is at its strongest. Hair SPF is also an option, which can usually be bought as a spray to be misted over the hair. Pay extra attention to the scalp – many people forget that the scalp can burn just as easily as the rest of the skin, ending up with an itchy, flaky, burnt scalp. If you do burn your scalp, rinse your hair in cool water and apply aloe vera to the affected areas, and make sure to keep your head covered when going outdoors.

If your hair is looking dry, try a deep conditioning treatment to restore some of the lost moisture to the hair, and avoid wearing your hair in any tight styles that may pull on the scalp. Summer is also a good time to temporarily stop using hairdryers, straighteners and any other hot tools to avoid adding to the sun damage.


Protecting your hair from the sea


Salt water is notorious for drying out the hair. It leaches moisture out of it, making it incredibly brittle and tangled, which can cause significant breakage. Before you go swimming, saturate your hair with clean water to prevent it from absorbing as much salt water, and don’t let it sit in your hair – rinse it thoroughly as soon as you get out of the sea. Deep conditioners and hair masks will also help replenish the moisture.


Protecting your hair in a swimming pool


Just like salt water, chlorinated water is very harsh and drying on the hair, so you can take similar precautions to swim in the sea. You could also try a swimming cap, as this not only prevents the chlorine from damaging your hair, but it will also protect your scalp from sunburn. If you have highlighted or blonde hair, be especially careful when in a swimming pool, as the copper and chlorine in the water have been known to form a film that sticks to the proteins in hair, turning it a green shade. Thankfully, this isn’t permanent, but make sure to enter the pool with wet hair and rinse it as soon as you get out.

However you are spending your summer, if you have any questions or queries about your hair, take a look at our hair advice or give our team a call.

Over the past few months, there have been a significant number of reports in the news of people experiencing hair loss after being diagnosed with COVID-19. As a result, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has listed hair loss as a possible long-term effect of the illness, along with symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness and joint pain. 

A study published by the medical journal The Lancet reported that 22% of the patients it had observed suffered from some degree of hair loss six months after falling ill, with women being more affected than men. 


Why does COVID-19 cause hair loss? 


Although there are several studies linking coronavirus and hair loss, many of the reports we hear about are anecdotal – at the moment, it’s too soon for scientists to officially establish a link between the two. 

However, the type of hair loss that COVID-19 sufferers are reporting seems to be consistent with telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium occurs when more hairs than usual suddenly enter the shedding phase of the hair growth cycle at once, causing a more noticeable amount of hair to shed at once. It’s normal to lose up to 150 hairs per day, but if you spot that you’re losing much more than that – such as clumps coming out when you’re brushing or washing your hair – it could be telogen effluvium. 

Due to the length of the hair cycle, telogen effluvium typically occurs two or three months after a period of significant stress, which can include illnesses such as COVID-19. When undergoing stressful situations, the body puts all its resources into maintaining essential functions only – which, unsurprisingly, does not include hair growth. As a result, you end up with hair loss. 

However, several other conditions can cause hair loss – such as thyroid issues or nutritional deficiencies – so if you are concerned, visit your GP, who can rule out other underlying causes with a simple blood test. 


Will my hair grow back after having COVID? 


If the hair loss is the result of telogen effluvium, most people will find that the hair will eventually grow back without the need for treatment. Typically, once the trigger or stressor is removed, the hair will grow back on its own. 

If you notice that the hair loss is persisting, there are a number of medical, cosmetic and hair transplant treatments available to help – Crown Clinic offers a range of options to support those struggling with hair loss, so don’t hesitate to get in touch

When performed by a qualified, experienced hair transplant surgeon, hair transplants are a very safe procedure. Hair restoration is a minimally invasive treatment that allows patients to return home the same day, with the procedure only requiring local anaesthetic. 

However, if you undergo a hair transplant abroad – such as in Turkey – the risk attached is much higher. 


Risks of hair transplants in Turkey 


It’s no secret that undergoing hair transplant surgery in countries such as Turkey is a gamble. Every year, countless patients are reeled in by the low prices and package deals offered by overseas clinics. Many of the clinics boast ‘five-star’ ratings and an active social media presence, duping unsuspecting patients into thinking they are visiting a reputable clinic. Although, when you dig a little deeper, you may discover the reviews are faked and the ‘after’ pictures are heavily edited or taken from other clinics. 

Another trick that patients fall for is believing that a surgeon will be carrying out the procedure, as many of the clinics advertise that a surgeon leads them to convince patients that they are legitimate. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean a surgeon will be carrying out the hair transplant itself. In fact, many clinics hire under-qualified technicians with little training to keep the costs down, only seeking the supervision of a surgeon if the procedure goes wrong. 

Over the years, Crown Clinic has fixed countless botched hair transplants, mainly from overseas clinics. The most common problems that we see are unnatural-looking hairlines and unsightly scarring as the result of the surgery being carried out by unlicensed practitioners. Other risks are infections, as sanitation is often extremely poor at the clinics and damage to the scalp due to the result of the incorrect tools being used to carry out the surgery. 


Are there any side effects to having a hair transplant? 


If you choose to have a hair transplant in the UK with a reputable surgeon, side effects will be minimal. The hygiene standards will be incredibly high, meaning the risk of infection is negligible, and you will be given clear instructions on how to take care of your scalp after the procedure. Crown Clinic has an excellent aftercare service, offering a day-by-day guide to ensure optimum healing and results.  

Unlike at overseas clinics, where it can be impossible to follow up after the procedure to discuss any concerns related to your hair transplant, Crown Clinic is more than happy to answer any questions you may have during this phase.