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Causes of Hair Loss in Women (and men!)

Looking for comprehensive information on hair loss in men and women? Hair loss has become almost commonplace nowadays. And while there are several factors and causes, it’s important to understand your treatment options and the different ways to stop hair loss before it starts to severely impact your life and self-esteem.

Whether you’re suffering from male or female pattern baldness, here are the top causes of hair loss and what you can do to treat thinning or bald spots and start stimulating healthy hair growth.

What Is Hair Loss?

Hair loss affects nearly 80 million men and women due to hereditary hair loss, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Some people only experience the loss on their scalp and face while others see hair loss all throughout their body.

On average, individuals lose about 50 to 100 hairs each day, which isn’t noticeable given that that most people have 100,000 hairs on their head alone. New hair should grow in where the lost hair falls out, but those suffering from alopecia see an adverse effect.

To detect what an abnormal amount of hair loss looks like, collect the hair that falls out during a shower to see if it comes out in large clumps. It is natural to have a small section of hair come out during scrubbing but finding large rounds of hair stuck in the drain after just one shower may mean there is a bigger problem at hand. Talk to a doctor to see if alopecia is a viable diagnosis and discuss possible treatment plans.

Causes of Hair Loss in Men and Women

Many people begin losing their hair from a hereditary issue rather than it randomly occurring. If that is what is happening, it may be due to a new hair care product or medicine that affects the growth of hair or causes hair loss.

Hormones

Otherwise, it may be due to new hormones the body is producing with age. People going through puberty may find that their hair is thinning or falling out because of the changes in their body.

Eventually, those should level out and allow the hair to go back to its normal state. Other hormonal changes from pregnancy, childbirth, discontinuing birth control pills and menopause are all events after puberty that can have a huge effect on the way hair grows.

Medication

Certain medications to treat illnesses are the main cause for hair loss. For those going through chemotherapy to treat cancer, hair will fall out at a rapid rate but continue growing back as the treatment halts.

Health Issues

High blood pressure, arthritis and heart problems all contribute to hair loss and medications to treat each of them can expect the side effects. Ensure that none of them will be individually life-threatening as it is listing the side effects on the medicine bottles at the time of prescription pick-up.

On the other hand, even exposure to harsh chemicals in your shampoo and conditioner can contribute to skin irritation and loss. Therefore men and women must be very careful about their hair care products. Switching to a good shampoo for hair loss and growth can ensure natural ingredients that will protect and nourish your hair follicles to promote regrowth.

Other Reasons

If none of the previous issues are what is causing the hair loss, consider recent life events that may be physically triggering to the body.

Recently experiencing a traumatic car crash may cause the body to be losing its hair as a physical coping mechanism. A death in the family can cause financial and emotional stress as arrangements for funerals and travel begin filling everyday life.

Again, the body can react in many ways to trauma and hair loss is one of them. Consult a professional therapist and doctor to determine if either of these issues are what is causing recent hair loss.

Treatment Options

Although hair loss is affecting a large portion of men and women in America, there are multiple ways to work against it without damaging existing hair. As always, consult a doctor or dermatologist before seeking out any of these treatment options as they will be able to define the most suitable option.

Medication

Over the counter medicines are the typical way treatment options begin for hair loss. Many include an ingredient called minoxidil (Rogaine), which is the main active ingredient to reboot the hair loss.

Many of these products are taken over the counter and applied directly to the scalp to determine if a topical treatment is all that is needed. Be cautious before using these products as they might create hair growth in places other than the desired area.

Minoxidil can also cause irritation to the scalp that provokes scratching and allows hair to weaken over time.

Procedures

If the hair loss is getting to a point that topical treatments are not the answer, going under the knife may be the only option to prevent it from spreading or continuing.

Hair transplant surgery involves moving small plugs of the hair and inserting some into bald sections. This procedure works well for those who have hair loss running in their families and see the affect hitting the top of their head.

Keep in mind that this method requires multiple surgeries as it is a progressive type of hair loss.

A scalp reduction is also an option for those are experiencing extreme hair loss in one area of their head. A surgeon will remove the section of the scalp without hair and replace it with a section that does have hair.

The surgeon also has the option to fold a flap of the scalp over the area that is balding. On the opposite end of the scalp reduction, there is an option to get a tissue expansion that allows the surgeon to insert an expander in the first surgery and take it out during the second.

Over the span of a month, the expander will allow stretch out the part of the scalp with hair and allow the bald spots to decrease.

Although they promise that the hair growth will come back, there is a chance that the hair will grow back patchy.

Some experience bleeding of the scalp, wide scars, and possible infection. Beyond these side effects of the surgery, there is a possibility that the surgery will not be successful for everyone.

Prevention

Ensuring head health is the number one way to prevent hair loss. Do not have hair in a tight bun or braid on a consistent basis as it encourages the hair to pull back and create a receding hairline.

Chemical treatments, excessive heat and blow dryers have been known to cause hair loss. Using a gentle baby shampoo can be a short-term solution to figure out if a current beauty regiment is not working.

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Harry Styles has one of the most famous head of hair in the world, so he's probably insured it for a time where he has a dodgy haircut.

The latest change to the singer's locks has somehow shut down the internet, who are divided on whether he pulls off his new (Harry) Style.

He already dropped several bombshells on his fans last week with his Rolling Stone September cover story (sex, mushrooms, One Direction, celebrity friends- you name it) but he's just warming up.

The 25-year-old heartthrob chopped off his luscious locks and is sporting a much shorter hairstyle, featuring BANGS *gasp*. His fans have lost the ability to breathe.

He debuted the new look while taking photos with fans in Italy, and one Twitter user shared an image of her dad meeting the former One Direction star.

While some are arguing that he resembles ex-bandmate Louis Tomlinson, we believe he's now mirroring Charlie Heaton's Stranger Things character, Jonathan Byers.

One fan exclaimed; "Okay but can someone tell me when the f**k Harry Styles cut his hair like, it was so short? How did he Jonathan Byers his hair in like a week."

As the internet debated on whether or not to support the haircut, another pointed out;

"Today I learnt that people will genuinely unstan Harry Styles for styling his hair differently..don't let the door hit y'all on the way out luvs." LET THE BOY LIVE.

The chap could shave his head and superglue feathers onto his scalp and he'd probably still look hotter than climate change.

As one fan eloquently put it, "the fact that Harry always looks hot regardless of what he wears/how he styles his hair amazes me. He really is THAT bitch." Lizzo would approve.

He cut off his ponytail for a good cause in 2015, donating his hair to the British charity Little Princess Trust to provide wigs made from real hair for children who have experienced hair loss.

How can this man do no wrong? 

Feature image: Instagram/@rollingstone

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We were already obsessed with Bleach London before they rebranded their packaging as 100 percent recycled cardboard and eco-friendly materials.

Honestly, their vegan formulas give us the best colours in hair as well as makeup, while maintaining a conscience.

Every since their sustainably-focused packaging rebrand, we've become unhealthily addicted to the energetic cosmetic company, and you will be too.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Co-founders of the brand, Alex Brownsell and Sam Campbell, made absolutely sure that their relaunched packaging was made from environmentally sound materials.

In our humble opinion, every makeup, skincare and cosmetics brand needs to follow suit. The vast amount of waste and plastic in landfill coming from the industry is mind-blowing.

The lads and their waste-not attitude led to the brand's customisation palettes.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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These palettes come in a magnetic box and allow you to buy individual eyeshadow colours and collect them. The boxes come in a larger size for home use and a smaller one for on-the-go.

We're all guilty of only using one or two eyeshadow colours out of an entire palette, so why not curate your own kit and simply refill it when it runs out? Simples.

Bleach London 'Metallic Louder Powder', €5.60 (£5)

This translates to less waste, and a more sustainable beauty regimen. Bleach London's incredible hair range has also been totally vegan since 2017.

The company have a strictly cruelty-free ethos and are PETA-approved as part of their Beauty Without Bunnies programme. They're essentially magicians of beauty.

'Metallic Louder Powders' by Bleach London are available online for the affordable price of €5.60.

Feature image: Bleach London

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Molly-Mae has definitely been at the center of the drama going on in the Love Island villa.

And when she FINALLY had her first kiss with Tommy, our eyes were drawn to one thing….her stunning braided hair. 

Molly has fab blonde locks but this style was extra cute.

This beachy look is perfect for summer – and you can do it now too, even if you don't have quite as perfect bradding skills as Molly…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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First off, if you want hair as sleek as Molly’s apply a shine cream to dry hair.

This will make braiding the locks so much easier.

Divide your hair in two and start at your parting. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Work a Dutch braid – so the hair is worked under instead of over and the head shape down to the nape of the neck.

Continue to the tip of your hair and then tie it.

Do the same thing on the other side.

Then take both braids and wrap over the top of your head before pinning into place.

Spray a bit of hairspray and voila – you're good to get crackin' on.

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Daily exposure to pollution can harm the hair and scalp, which means us city gals are a bit screwed when it comes to having healthy hair.

Klorane’s new Aquatic Mint range aims to gently cleanse, detoxify and protect the hair and scalp from these daily aggressors, so it basically saves the day?

Working and living in an urban environment means scalp and hair are exposed to a variety of pollutants including fine dust, exhaust gases, central heating, tobacco and food smoke.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In the short term, this leaves the scalp and hair dirty and dull, feeling suffocated and odorous while long term exposure can result in accelerated appearance of grey hairs and even premature hair loss.

The key ingredient in the range, Aquatic Mint, is cultivated at the brand’s organic farm in the South West of France and is specially extracted to obtain a pure juice from the fresh plant.

This particular species of mint contains the highest concentration of antioxidant and has been proven with frequent use, to detoxify and protect hair and scalp from ozone pollution, heavy metals and cigarette smoke.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The formula, which is silicone and paraben free, gently and effectively cleans and protects the hair and scalp without weighing it down.

The detox shampoo with Aquatic Mint, which is SLS and SLES-free, cleanses, detoxifies and cools the scalp leaving hair feeling extra clean, removing an amazing 97 percent of polluting particles.

The formula for the protective conditioner with Aquatic Mint is comprised of 95 percent natural ingredients too.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The hydrating complex cools and protects the scalp from pollution, while detangling and increasing the hair’s shine, leaving it light, protected and glistening.

The Aquatic Mint range is also part of Klorane’s 100% eco-responsible range, which makes it all the more gorgeous. We love a good, environmentally-savvy brand.

Take all my money, Klorane, I'm sold.

Feature image: Instagram/@kloraneuk

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When it comes to getting ready in the morning, every woman is different.

Some women focus on the hair aspect of their appearance, others dedicate themselves to the perfect face of make-up and some women ditch grooming habits altogether. Each to their own.

We're curious, however, about how long the average woman takes to get ready every morning. Luckily, Peter Mark decided to do all the work and carry out a survey on the topic, so now we've got all the answers…

According to Ireland's leading hairdressers, nearly  HALF of Irish women would prefer to style their hair in the morning than spend time putting on make-up, and three-quarters of women spend up to half an hour daily getting ready.

16 percent of survey participants spend more than 45 minutes on their getting ready routine, 84 percent take up to 30 mins blow drying their hair and 54 percent of women struggle to do their hair in the morning.

Peter Mark assert that 19 percent of Irish ladies carry a styling tool in their handbag (genius) while 16 percent keep a hair-styling tool at work. Sly brush in the office drawer, anyone? 

A further 33 percent of women do their hair and make-up on their commute to work. That takes serious skill on a packed out Dart or disastrous Dublin bus route.

17 percent of participants have styled their hair at their desks, 35 percent have whipped out the brush in the car, 10 percent at the airport and nine percent on the train, according to Peter Mark.

The survey of 1,252 Irish ladies into their grooming habits gave us some interesting results, which category do you fall into?

Ireland's leading hairdressing group have now launched a new tool to help the Irish nation get ready on time every morning: DAFNI Allure. The revolutionary product is the world's first cordless straightening brush, and it's the next big beauty life-saver.

According to one-in-four women, they have to go over their hair with a styling tool after blow-drying to get a more sleek, polished, look. One-third of women admit to needing a straightener just to tame the frizz after blow-drying, but DAFNI is here to save the day.

The award-winning straightening brush was created in 2015 by physicist, electrical engineer and girl boss Sharon Rabi. DAFNI has since taken the beauty world by storm, and Forbes plucked out Sharon to represent one of their 30 under 30 entrepreneurs to watch.

The DAFNI Allure is the perfect product for women who want to style their hair on the go, and can save you some much-needed time and energy.

If you're looking for a solution for your hair struggles, the product will save you a lot of hassle in your daily life. Peter Mark's research shows that a shocking 83 percent of women admit to being embarrassed when running into somebody they know or getting summoned to a last-minute work event without their hair done.

First of all, you look gorgeous 24 hours a day, but if you need a confidence boost and don't want to be stressed about your beauty routine, this tool may just be your new best friend. Resourceful, compact and easy to use, we'd pay a hell of a lot more than €159 for DAFNI Allure.

The DAFNI Allure retails at €159 and is available now from Peter Mark salons nationwide or online here.

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Being blonde has it's perks, but staying blonde is another story altogether.

From maintenance to conditioning to frizz, bleaching your hair blonde brings annoyances alongside the shimmering golden fierceness.

Watching those dark roots emerge while checking your bank balance and realising that you can't afford to get them bleached professionally is a special kind of heartbreak.

Seeing those unwanted brassy yellow tones seeping through sends shivers down my spine, as a gal who has white/silver hair. Banishing yellow has been super easy for me since I began using the brand Fanola:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Otherwise known as the purple shampoo GODS, I was stunned at how amazing the results are. It does dry out the hair, but it's worth it if you pair it with a good conditioner, or use Olaplex

Olaplex has saved my bleached barnet by using specialist chemicals to legit bind the hair together and protect it from the damage of bleach.

The salon Cowboys & Angels on South William Street in Dublin SWEAR by it, and for good reason; It really does work.

I've tried using 'big brand' or high street purple shampoos, and normally they're an absolute train-wreck. Their bleach and toners are a pure mess, NEVER use them.

Always go to the profesh gals for bleaching your hair; the cheap ones in Boots will just damage your gorgeous locks and you'll have to pay to fix it anyway.

As someone who had to purge my hair three times to have green hues removed, it's always an imperative idea to go to the salon.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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John Frieda, I'm looking at you. Bleach London, y'all need to do some WORK. So I was extremely sceptical when I tried L'Oreal Paris Elvive' new purple shampoo.

Only the professional salon brands like Fanola normally work, but I was hugely impressed by L'Oreal Paris Elvive's efforts. Their new campaign is fronted by none other than Helen Mirren, and they have vowed to banish yellow hues.

Their purple shampoo and conditioner promises to "act as a colour corrector by counteracting and neutralising undesired yellow and orange tones" to leave your hair bright and cool. That's quite the promise…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Purple formulas, often called silver shampoos, are used on white, silver and dyed blonde hair to keep them looking fresh and light coloured. Purple is the opposite to yellow on the colour wheel, and works to cancel out the sunny tones.

I should mention, my hair was bleached blonder than it's natural dark blonde tone, then a silver/lilac toner was used.

My toner unfortunately allows pink shades to seep through, but after using L'Oreal Paris Elvive's purple shampoo, the hair was noticeably less pink. I wanted lilac realness and I got it, so it's a job well done in my eyes.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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My hair also didn't feel as dried out, after pairing it with the matching L'Oreal Paris Elvive Purple conditioner.

It's only necessary to use purple shampoo once a week, and leave it in the hair for one to three minutes for excellent results. While still no match for Fanola, my hair has returned to a more lilac tone rather than unwanted yellow and pink.

I would 100 percent recommend the shampoo for bleached blondes, or even highlighted brunettes, as it's far cheaper than Fanola.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Cowboys & Angels sell Fanola's purple shampoo relatively cheap compared to it's marketed price, but you'd struggle to find their no yellow shampoo online for under €20.

At €8.95 each for the shampoo and conditioner, L'Oreal Paris Elvive allows you to get blonder on a budget. 

If Helen Mirren is on board, then by GOD so are we; She can do no wrong.

Overall, L'Oreal Paris Elvive Go Purple gets four stars out of five stars from us. Great value without any damage to the hair, and decent blonde results. 

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Codilia Gapare, a breast cancer survivor, has revolutionised the beauty industry by creating the first ever false lashes range for chemotherapy patients.

The mother-of-two was diagnosed with cancer in the UK in 2014 on the same day that she underwent an interview with the Manchester Metropolitan University.

While she was offered her dream place, she eventually had to drop out to focus on her chemotherapy treatment after struggling to balance her studies. She chose to use her spare time to create something truly special.

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She initially had tried to ignore the diagnosis, but later had to face the illness head on after losing all of her hair.

"The mental battle caused me to become drained. I had two kids, I was a single mum, working two jobs. And that was my reality. I was so upset with myself for being sick. I was supposed to be realising my dream but instead, I felt like a failure," she explained.

Through this intensely difficult time in her life, she realised that there were no fake eyelash options for cancer patients.

She transformed her idea into an actual product, 'C Lashes', and partnered with beauty brand Eylure. The company have since released the range in Boots stores, making the cosmetic industry more accessible for women with cancer.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In an interview with metro.co.uk, she describes how the lashes are designed with a larger, more flexible adhesive band and a bigger surface area to help them stick to the eyelid, and this makes the whole process far easier for women with little-to-no eyelashes.

Colidia wanted to make something that would help cancer patients feel like themselves again, and recalled how hard it was for her to lose her hair;

"Being black, we always play with our hair. Losing my hair was a big deal. No one talks about how much hair you lose though. I lost my eyelashes, eyebrows, pubes, underarm hair."

Colidia came from Zimbabwe to the UK when she was 26-years-old to pursue her ultimate dream of becoming a lawyer, so a full-time business model wasn't exactly planned. Especially after spending years working and studying to apply for university.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The 41-year-old Cheshire resident chose to drive three hours away to her law degree interview after being given her cancer diagnosis, and she NAILED it. What a woman.

She found a lump in her breast in July 2014, and confirmed the illness just a month later. "Mostly, I was in denial," she told Metro.co.uk.

"I really convinced myself I wasn’t ill, I was totally unprepared. I didn’t even tell anyone I was going to my interview but I didn’t even think about cancelling it. ‘For me going ahead with the interview was going ahead with my life."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She continued; "But I wasn’t prepared to lose my lashes."

"When my lashes started to thin out, I bought fake ones, but I struggled because it took off all the remaining hair. I didn’t do it for attention, I just wanted to feel like myself. I just wanted to be me again."

Codilia's life has gone up and up since then; she was offered a scholarship through support network Women in Business to study a masters in Business Admin at the same university.

H​​​aving received the all-clear from the disease at her latest check-up, Codilia is now in the final year of her studies in Manchester. What an UNREAL gal.

The lashes come in three different styles including 'Naturals', 'Lengthening', and 'Volume', and can be bought on boots.ie for just €7.49 now.

Feature image: Instagram/@c.lashbycody

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What are your V-Day plans, gals? 

For many of us, it's pretty much the usual shebang of perusing ice-cream flavours in Tesco, and wallowing on the couch while feeling guilty as a feminist for wallowing on Valentine's Day. 

Ariana Grande is turning the single life into a trend, at least that's one comforting thing. Plus our pets give us more love than we even deserve.

Meanwhile, in Billionaire Boujee-land, Kylie Jenner is prepping for a new Kylie Cosmetics launch:

She appears to have gotten a red lady makeover, and we have to admit she's looking pure Poison Ivy-level glamour; serving Jessica Rabbit realness 24/7 just became her new niche.

We're assuming that this isn't Kylie's natural hair, seeing as the Kardashians can afford wigs, extensions, photoshop, stylists, fashion designers, celebrity hairdressers, etc.

Kylie's emanating Kim's Valentine's Day vibe form 2017, because the photographer responsible for this Kylie Cosmetics shoot also shot Kim's viral candy hearts campaign in 2018.

Image: Instagram/@kimkardashian

While Kim's hairdo is a lighter shade of pastel-coloured pink, Kylie has gone all-out pillarbox red.

Which do you prefer? We're feelin' Kylie's wavy, short hair because it's Moulin Rouge vibes to the max.

She'll be releasing the new collection on February 1, stay tuned.

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First of all, Zac Efron is a human being and can dye his hair absolutely any colour we wants, defying public opinion.

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That said, the internet is completely torn over the actor's new 'do, mainly because it's PLATINUM BLONDE. Yes, you heard that right. Like Draco Malfoy-style blonde.

He was everyone's childhood boyfriend after his stint in High School Musical, but it appears fans have become too used to his sweeping brown locks. They've lost their minds at this latest news, literally.

"I might be unstable," says one fan, just so you know that we weren't exaggerating when we said fans had certifiably forgotten their sanity. 

Acquaint yourself with the new Zac Efron, while you can. Get your glasses out, and examine it for yourself gals.

Here's the white-haired evidence in all its glory;

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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See? We never lie to you.

Squint and you can spot him in this Tweet, a 'lil blonde Zac/Draco innocently ignoring all of the fan fever over a hair colour;

The actor is officially a member of the Bleach Blonde Boys Club, and we HAVE to show you fan reactions because they are absolutely hilarious and disturbing at the same time;

The lewk has been sported by Zayn Malik, Ansel Elgort and, em, Pete Davidson, so it's a trend now.

One Twitter user wrote; "Zac Efron dying his hair platinum blonde is something I didn't know that I needed" and we have to agree with her there. Especially with that beard growth.

Another social media member had to use Oprah's face as a reaction, understandably.

"Don't talk to me unless you have more photos of Zac Efron with his blonde hair," another wrote. Amen.

One woman wants the internet to forget about Trump's wall drama in order to focus on what's important; Zac's hairstyle. Logic level 9000;

Some just went straight in with a proposal, which we're not sure we endorse;

Ice blonde really does get a reaction, especially for Zac Efron fans, we have to say.

What do you think of his new Baywatch-style look, Yay-watch or Nay-watch? (We're the only ones laughing at that joke but we don't care)

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Westlife have just released a brand new single called Hello My Love, and naturally fans have damn near lost their sanity over it.

The boyband are set to release their first album since 2010's Gravity, and The Twenty Tour is already the group's fastest selling tour of all time.

Mark, Shane, Nicky and Kian will play massive Croke Park dates in July, which has fans ecstatic in expectation.

An INSANE 400,000 tickets were sold in just 48 hours, so you can bet on their new single being played on the radio pretty much 24 hours a day from now on.

Their new tune, Hello My Love, was written by renowned pop hitmakers Ed Sheeran and Steve Mac, so it's bound to be a successful chart-topper.

However, one perceptive Twitter user named Aifric noticed the peculiar lyrics about hair which are featured in the song, and now we're confused.

In case you've been living under a sizeable rock and have missed the furore, the semi-romantic lyrics are;

"'Cause you could have someone without a belly or a temper, perfect teeth, hair growing where's meant to…"

Hair growing where it's meant to? 

Aifric commented; "the lyrics to the new Westlife song are…grim," pointing out the strangeness of body hair being featured in a supposed love song.

What exactly is the definition of 'hair growing where it's meant to'? We're fairly sure that all hair grows where it's meant to, it's called EVOLUTION lads. Look it up.

We genuinely hadn't noticed the lyrics, we were too busy blasting the tune and wrangling randomers online to try and get a Croke Park ticket, but now we're investigating the song for science purposes only.

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*Strokes beard thoughfully*

Seeing as we're an extremely balanced source, we decided to search for other Westlife fans (or foes) who have expressed opinions on the lyrics.

One Twitter user @ghoulenaloops, wrote that the lyrics go straight to the heart, proclaiming; "That's LOVE'. Alright then, if you say so.

Some fans don't have any issue with the lyrcs, it seems. Maybe the boys meant it in a 'this girl is far too good for me' way?

After all, the chorus suggests that the writer of the song emphasises that his lady is so perfect, that he's punching far above his weight.

"Hello, my love, I've been searching for someone like you for most of my life, happiness ain't a thing I'm used to. You could have fallen hard for anyone, plenty of fish in the sea…
For all of time, now I know, It's just my angel and me."

The boyband essentially specialise in ballads and pop songs revolving around a (female) love interest, but this tune kind of implies that the lad is insecure AF.

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Twitter had some more…interesting… reactions, mainly from fans who choose to ignore the eccentric lyrics out of sheer dedication to the band.

Others hilariously commented on the fact that any decent assumptions which were made about the physique of the Westlife lads were being steadily shattered;

@Wendybird1 wrote that the lyric is, heaven forbid, ruining illusions about Shane Filan's 'perfect body'. The poor woman must be devastated.

Another fan with a 'wee soft spot' for the musical foursome commented that the lads are…*gasp* 'SCRAPING THE BARREL with these lyrics. Ouch, that one hurt.

Typically, society tells men that hair growing in the 'wrong' place translates to back hair, nostril hair and even hair sprouting out of ears.

If we fight back against the patriarchy controlling women's body hair (anyone who has experienced a Hollywood wax knows the PAIN), shouldn't we encourage men to embrace their bodies in their natural state?

im so real i didnt even wax tichina arnold GIF by VH1s Daytime Divas

Society shouldn't have any say in an individual's body and its preference of hair, but perhaps Westlife like a bit of male grooming?

Manscaping has become a major trend for men in recent years, which is essentially the equivalent of a bikini wax.

However, some ladies love a hairier man. Everyone has their own styles and preferences, who are we to define them?

hairy jim carrey GIF by Dumb and Dumber To

What are your thoughts on the lyrics, innocent male insecurity or just plain body-shaming?

Give us your receipts, our scientific investigation on the mane matter rages on…

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Our luscious locks need the best hair care, so we've assembled some of our fave products.

If your loved-one is hair obsessed or you're looking for a little extra to go with a big pressie, these are ideal.

Give someone the gift of beautiful hair this Christmas.

 Herbal Essences bio: renew Micellar Water & Blue Ginger Collection from €7.49

Tangle Teezer £11.00

Pantene Superfood from €5.29

Brown Thomas: Piubelle Diamantine Housewife Pillowcase €39.95 

InStyler® MAX – Black 32mm 2-way Rotating Iron €99.99

Silke Hair Wrap The Eva €51.95

Macadamia Conditioner Masque £17.99

Champagne silk hair scrunchies €7.49

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor Treatment 250ml €5.99

Kérastase Elixir Ultime Huile Cheveux Colorés €37.10

L'Oreal Elnett Heat Protect Straight Hairspray 170ml €8.99

Pantene Superfood: 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner 200ml from €4.99

Roots Scalp Treatment £12.95/225g

Fanola No Yellow Shampoo 350ml €11.55

Revlon Equave Blonde Detangling Kit €17.99

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer €399.95

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