Males and females alike, we all love our hair and want it to look its best, all the time. It is an important part of our self-image and even a reason for our confidence. Healthy, voluminous, shiny hair is what we all aspire to have, however, sometimes obstacles stand on our way to achieving that, including hair loss. It is a problem that many people suffer from, it can affect their physical appearance and even their psychological well-being. The causes of hair loss vary, from hormonal changes and stress to excessive sun exposure and pollution. Treating and preventing hair loss, however, is not that scary. Here, we gathered some tips that will surely help you:
Reconsider your diet
What we eat affects the general health of our bodies and more specifically the health of our hair. Therefore, there is a direct line between a healthy diet and healthy hair. Your diet should include protein as it is the building block of hair, iron as it supports hair growth and fatty acids as they give your hair strength. Additional important nutrients for hair are zinc and B12. Following a healthy diet will ensure that your hair will grow, stay healthy and diminish its loss levels. Additionally, hydration is also key for the health of your scalp as well as your hair, so drink at least two liters of water a day.
When what you eat is not enough to save your hair from falling, you can start taking dietary supplements a.k.a vitamin pills. Hair loss can actually be a sign of decreased levels of vitamins in the human body. To make sure, get a standard blood test, which will also let you know which vitamins you need more than others. In general, the most common vitamins that affect hair growth are Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C and Vitamin D. Some minerals are also as important as vitamins concerning hair growth, such as zinc, magnesium, iron, calcium, and copper. Adding these supplements to your daily routine will encourage hair growth and prevent its loss.
Turn to home remedies
DIY home remedies for hair health have been used around the world for centuries. You know why? Because they work. The internet nowadays is filled with different solutions for every hair problem. When it comes to hair loss, yogurt, onion juice, neem leaves, eggs, green tea and aloe vera are great to prevent it. You can apply any of these ingredients respectively as a mask on your hair or you can mix some of them together. Just make sure that they are all natural. Also, massaging your scalp using oils and essential oils will stimulate your hair follicles and increase hair growth. These essential oils can be lavender, thyme or rosemary. You can mix a few drops of them with olive, coconut or almond oil and massage them thoroughly and gently into your scalp.
Avoid tight hairstyles
Tight hairstyles such as tight buns, tight ponytails, cornrows, and braids are the worst enemies of your hairline. They pull it back millimeter by millimeter. They also cause your hair to break and can end up causing hair loss. So avoid them as much as you can and choose more natural and loose hairstyles, or better yet, keep your hair down as much as you can.
Give up tools that use excessive heat
Hair tools that use excessive heat will take a toll at your scalp, which in turn will cause hair loss. They also cause hair breakage, brittleness, frizziness, and dryness. So stay away from them, or at least turn down heat levels and use a heat protection spray. The better approach is to let your hair air dry instead of blow drying it and using no heat curling methods instead of a curling iron.
Cut down on chemicals
Using chemicals on your hair will affect it harshly so avoid them all together or cut down on using them. Hair dye, hair spray, harsh shampoos, and conditioners can strip your hair from its natural oils and leave it looking dull and lifeless. Also, chemically straightening, bleaching, and lightening your hair will weaken it extremely and cause it to fall. So stay on the natural organic side of things, decrease your use of harsh chemicals and ensure that any products you use are irritant-free and PPD-free.
Seek professional treatment
Hair loss can also be caused by a hormonal imbalance, anemia, stress and thyroid disease. So consult your doctor for the appropriate treatment. If the hair loss is not caused by the aforementioned conditions and is too severe, specialists at LaBelleVie, a leading cosmetic clinic, advise you to consult a dermatologist and consider undergoing hair laser therapy or even a hair transplant surgery.