Thinning hair can be a stressful experience, and because it affects a significant amount of people of all genders, manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies have been working relentlessly to fill the shelves with products that promise to stop hair fall and regrow lost hairs.
When attempting to stop hair loss, it may be confusing and quite overwhelming for anyone to try and figure out exactly what to do, which products to buy, and the right supplements to take. That’s why we give you four of the tried and proven ways to fight hair loss.
1. Enrich Your Diet
Keratin is the protein that makes up the hair, so enrich your diet with proteins to promote healthy growth and reduce hair fall; eat nuts and beans, whether alone as a snack or incorporate them in your salads and cereal.
Additionally, aim to supplement your diet with folate and iron from spinach, and vitamin E from avocados. You will also want to eat foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, so sprinkle one or two tablespoons of freshly ground flaxseed onto your salads or cereal every day.
2. Revisit Your Washing Routine
You will want to re-evaluate your shampoo, for not all products are created equal. While some shampoo brands are generally good for a wash if you don’t have a problem, they are not all developed to counter hair loss. As Andrea from Hairlossable.com says, there are special hair loss shampoos on the market that include ingredients especially aimed at reducing hair fall.
On the other hand, and while many people think that washing hair daily is a healthy habit, unfortunately, that’s not at all true. Daily shampooing strips your hair and scalp off of their natural oils, leading to dryness and breakage, which causes further hair loss – even if not from the root, dry hairs tend to break and fall as you brush them, thinning out your locks. Try to wash your hair every other day, or every three days, depending on how oily your scalp and hair usually get.
3. Experiment with Essential Oils
Essential oils are nature’s gift to our hair and skin. For instance, Cedarwood oil has been shown to reduce hair loss and promote hair growth by moderating the oil-producing glands in the scalp. It also carries some antifungal and antibacterial properties that can help eliminate dandruff (which also leads to hair fall.) Other essential oils known to reduce hair loss include thyme, rosemary, and lavender oils in varying quantities.
4. Reduce Heat Damage
It’s common knowledge that heat styling may lead to hair loss, so aim to lay off the heat for a while, or try to reduce its use as much as possible. Go heat-free on the days when you don’t have an important meeting or party. You will also need to take it easy on curling irons and flat irons, for they generally reach higher temperatures than blow-dryers.
If you have to use a blow-dryer, make sure to constantly move it around as you dry to avoid concentrating too much heat on one spot. You might also want to use a heat protectant product before styling, regardless of the heat technique you’re opting for.
Care for Your Hair
Now that you know the basics, it’s important to take general care of your hair; avoid wearing tight caps or covering your hair too much – let it breathe. If you have to tie your hair up, try not to use a tight knot or pull it back too tightly; opt for a messy bun or loose ponytail instead. It’s also important to know that stress plays a major role in hair fall, and you’re more likely to find chunks of hair in your shower drain following stressful life events. That said, if you notice that your hair is still falling out at the same rate – even after trying all the tricks mentioned above – then it’s a good idea to see your doctor and figure out if there’s another underlying cause.