Why Lewis Hamilton Has Gone For Natural Curls

Hollie Shirley / Hair & Skincare Editor

You may not instantly think of Lewis Hamilton as being a hair care icon, being more well known for his formula one career. However, recently he has been giving us major curl envy after posting a recent video on Instagram showing off his natural curls.

Over the summer months, he revealed that he was changing up his routine after losing his natural curls to poor maintenance and routines over the years. Favouring protective styles like braids, he hasn’t shown off how his hair has progressed until recently, and we have to say, they look incredible.


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In a post to his followers on Instagram in July, he tells us “I’ve been growing my hair for a minute now. I used to wash my hair with bath soap and genuinely anything I had at the time. Would wash it 3 times a day, morning, after training and at night. so, it was always dry. If in hotels, would use their bad products but never shampooed and conditioned. My hair started to deteriorate and thin out. I went to see a specialist who told me that if I didn’t start looking after it properly I would start losing it in a short amount of time. Now, with the right advice I use good products, it’s a priority to keep my hair healthy and finally, I love having long crazy hair. I don’t even want to cut it. Being educated about it was really something that I’d been missing my whole life so parents, be sure to help your kids know how to take care of their hair. A lot of the products out there are actually terrible so do some research as to which ones are best.”

His newest post to his 13.8m followers on Instagram shows his natural curls looking natural, bouncy and oh so enviable to say the least, proving the importance of proper care and using the right products for your hair type will pay off.

Hair loss in men.

We all lose hair every day as part of our natural hair growth cycle – losing anywhere between 70 and 100 hairs a day can be normal, and it is a sign of healthy hair growth. However, hair loss or thinning hair occurs when you lose more hair than you replace, or the replacement hairs grow back finer or not at all.

25% of men will start to experience hair thinning and loss by the time they are 30, and this is almost always due to male pattern baldness. If the men in your family started losing hair, then it’s more likely that you will too. But hair loss and going ball are two different things. Going bald is in your genetics, whereas losing patches of hair suddenly can point to an underlying condition such as alopecia.

If you are regularly putting your hair under tension with high manipulation styles this can lead to traction alopecia, where your hair breaks off at the roots due to excessive tension – remember to give your hair a break from these styles from time to time if you want your hair to grow.

If you notice your hair falling our suddenly, book in with a specialist to determine the underlying cause sooner rather than later.  If hair loss occurs in a more receding pattern this is more likely to be male pattern baldness – it’s nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about, most men go bald, especially, as we mentioned, if it runs in the family.

It’s wise to follow Lewis’ advice and tackle hair loss before it occurs. 5 easy ways to prevent thinning and hair loss are:

  • Avoid wearing your hair in tight, high manipulation hairstyles for too long. The more tension your roots are under, the more likely your hair is to become weak and break off at the roots, particularly in the front of your hairline where it gets touched and pulled more. Take a break between hairstyles to give your hair a chance to recover.
  • Protect your new growth by keeping your hair moisturized and well-nourished.  Provide your hair with moisture retainers such as essential oils (olive oil, tea tree oil, etc.) shea butter, and other products designed to keep your hair deeply moisturised, and use a deep conditioner every week.
  • Use products designed for your hair type. Stay away from products containing sulphates as these will essentially dry out your hair.
  • When it comes to styling, try to keep heat styling as minimal as possible and use a heat protectant every time.  Avoid wearing your hair in the same styles all the time – switch up your parting and how you wear your hair every day to avoid putting too much stress on your roots in the same place.
  • Don’t forget to wrap your hair in a silk hair wrap overnight to protect it from friction and tangles, which can lead to breakage.
Hollie Shirley
Hair & Skincare Editor

Hollie Shirley is SILKUP’s hair and skincare editor. She’s obsessed with all things hair care and results-driven skincare, that is kind to the environment and your wallet. She has a weakness for limited edition eyeshadows and is always testing out the newest and greatest deep conditioners. Hollie has a passion for hair and is studying Trichology, working towards becoming a Member of the Association of Registered Trichologists.