Hair loss is a common complaint among women living in Dubai. Especially when you first arrive in the city, it can be surprising to see how much hair ends up in the drain after each shower, or how many extra loose strands you seem to be pulled from your brush each morning.
With so many women experiecing this problem, there has to be some correlation between moving to Dubai and losing your hair...but what exactly is it? Some suspect that it's the water, or the weather, or the constant exposure to air conditioning. The truth is, though, you can't blame your hair loss on any one thing-- but you can do something to prevent it from happening.
What's Really Going On?
The good news is that your hair isn't actually falling out. You're not experiencing early onset baldness, as you may have suspected, but you are losing more hair than usual. What's actually happening is that your hair is breaking-- it's not falling out from the root, but rather breaking out because your scalp and hair are more dry than usual. This is good news in that you don't have to stock up on Rogaine just yet, but you're still going to want to mitigate the breakage as much as possible.
What's Causing This to Happen?
Your hair is breaking for a number of reasons. Some hairdressers believe that the chlorine in swimming pools as well as the chlorine in the water in our showers is to blame. Chlorine is added to tap water in Dubai as part of the desalination process, and chlorine is known to have drying effects on the hair, so this certainly is part of the problem. Further, spending most of our days in air conditioned homes and offices can also lead to dry hair and scalps. The chlorine that's added to our water is there to kill bacteria, but it can also damage hair follicles and dry out hair, leading to excess breakage.
What Can I Do?
- Get a filter for your shower: You can buy a shower filter at almost any pharmacy or supermarket in the UAE, and the cost of one is certainly worth it to maintain your locks. A shower filter operates in the same way a Brita water filter does, and many are designed to specifically reduce the amount of chlorine in tap water. Washing your hair with pure, filtered water will help keep it healthy and hydrated. blu Iconic Power Filter is one of the most popular in the region.
- Use a hair mask: Though a filter is your best bet, doing an occasional hair mask will help lock in moisture and nutrients, and will make your hair glossier and stronger than ever. We recommend Oribe's Signature Moisture Masque.
- Don't wash your hair every day: It's obvious that less exposure to the chemicals that harm your hair will help reduce damage, but if you're concerned about excess sweat buildup, you can always use a dry shampoo in between washes to keep your hair looking clean. One of our favorites is Bumble and Bumble's Pret A Powder.