We lose about 100 strands of hair on a daily basis due to the end of life cycle of a hair strand. Losing more is not a good sign and should not be neglected. People with excessive hair fall may experience partially or totally bald.
While hair loss is expected in a large percentage of men, it is less common in women. Excessive hair loss creates a great deal of anxiety in both men and women. The good news is that you can stop abnormal hair loss and even start growing hair. In this article, you’ll find many tips to prevent, stop, and have great hair.
Major Causes of Hair Loss
In order to stop the hair loss, it is important to find out what is causing it. There are many causes. Here are the major contributing factors:
Once the causes are identified, through testing by your physician, then you can take steps to stop your hair loss and hopefully grow your hair back.
Tips for Stopping Hair Loss
1. Reduce Your Stress
When your body is overly stressed, your body’s immune system can attack the hair follicles. Your stress levels or lack of adequate sleep might be the cause of your hair loss. Try to reduce your stress levels and get enough rest. Stress not only causes hair loss, but it generally weakens your immune system.
2. Vitamins and Minerals
Vitamin deficiencies are a leading cause of premature hair loss. When our daily food doesn’t provide all the vitamins and minerals, then it is essential to take vitamin and mineral supplements. Here are the most important vitamins and minerals for healthy hair:
Make sure not to go overboard and have vitamin in moderation. Excessive use of certain vitamins and minerals can lead to hair loss. A blood test at least once a year prescribed by your physician would show whether or not you lack any vitamin or mineral.
3. Foods for Healthy Hair
You need to nourish your hair internally. Hair needs nutrients to grow and to be healthy. Try to avoid processed foods, refined grains, sugar, and hard alcohol.
Try to have a balanced meal to provide you with adequate vitamins, minerals, and omega-3.
Hair is made up of keratin which is protein. Seafood, lean meat, and fat free dairy products are rich sources of protein.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 provides nourishment to follicles, prevent dandruff, and promote hair growth.
Iron deficiency can lead to less oxygen reaching your head resulting in poor blood circulation, leading to hair loss.
Zinc builds proteins, creates DNA and boost tissue growth and repair. Deficiency of zinc is one of the major causes of hair loss and of hair growth.
Getting proper nutrients in your diet will help reduce hair loss and promote hair growth. The popular vitamin that prevents hair loss and promotes hair growth is biotin or vitamin H. Milk and egg yolks are rich in biotin. You can take biotin supplement with your daily meal to prevent hair loss and stimulate hair growth.
Have a blood test to show how much biotin you’ll need. Most supplements come in 5,000 mcg or even 10,000 mcg for daily usage.
According to a study published in the International Journal of Dermatology, caffeine stimulates hair shaft and can help perk up hair growth by blocking the effects of DHT, a chemical known to damage follicles. However, drinking too much caffeine can be harmful, but there are caffeinated shampoos on the marked.
In general, don’t eat the same foods every day. Eat a variety to ensure that you get all of the vitamins, mineral, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids. For best results, add multivitamin and biotin supplements and take it with food to increase absorption. Try to drink 6-8 glasses of water daily to keep your scalp from drying and causing hair loss.
4. Effect of Smoking
Smoking can constrict your blood vessel and lower blood circulation. It is one of the major contributors to hair loss. Excessive smoking and heavy sun exposure can lead to hair loss.
5. Fight Dandruff
Dandruff can lead to hair loss. Fight dandruff by eating well-balanced, nutritious food. Doctors often suggest using shampoo like Nizoral 1%, which kills yeast directly. It is a good idea to use anti-dandruff shampoo once a week to prevent hair loss and promote hair growth.
6. Keep Hair Clean
Wash your hair at least twice a week using mild shampoo. Natural or organic shampoos are much better for your hair and scalp than chemically based ones. Daily showers using chemically based shampoo will strip your hair of its natural oil.
Using the right kind of shampoo is very important to prevent hair loss. If you have a dry hair, use leave-in conditioner once a week to penetrate into your hair cuticles to heal them and to soften your hair.
Do not use hot water to wash your hair and scalp. Warm water is much better. Try to wash your hair on the coolest temperature that is comfortable for final rinse to seal the hair cuticles and to keep the moisture on your hair and scalp.
7. Avoid Styling Products
Try to avoid using styling products and never use it on your scalp. Styling products such as hair spray, gel, and so on will build up in your hair and inhibit the distribution of hairs natural oil.
8. Treat Your Hair Right
Hair is extremely delicate, especially when it is wet. Any action that damages the hair and its root will lead to hair loss. Here are some tips:
9. Hot Oil Treatment
Hot oil treatment can be effective for hair loss when used once or twice a week. Coconut oil is the best oil for preventing hair loss. The fine nutrition and the lauric acid in coconut oil have antibacterial properties that keep your scalp from infection.
Almond oil is very rich in nutrition that includes vitamins E, D, iron, calcium, and magnesium. It makes a perfect base for essential oils.
Extra virgin olive oil is rich in antioxidants, vitamin E, and mono unsaturated fatty acids that prevents hair loss and promotes hair growth by controlling the hormone called DHT.
You can warm the oil a little and then apply it and lightly message your scalp with your fingertips. After an hour, wash your hair with shampoo. This treatment increases blood circulation and strengthens the follicles.
10. Apply Green Tea
Green tea is rich in antioxidants. It can help to reduce hair loss. You can apply warm green tea on your head. Use two tea bags prepared in cup of water. Leave it on your hair for an hour and then wash it with shampoo.
11. Fenugreek seeds
Fenugreek seeds are mustard in color and are an important ingredient in herbal oils in India. Fenugreek seeds contain protein, lecithin, and nicotinic acid. It prevents hair loss and stimulates hair growth.
Mix four tsp of fenugreek seed powder with a cup of coconut oil or olive oil. Keep it overnight and then apply the paste to your scalp and leave it for two hours, and then wash it off in running water without using shampoo.
12. Message Your Scalp
Message can help to increase blood circulation, which prevents hair loss, encourage hair growth, and it also helps to prevent dandruff. The warmed up skin during message opens up blood vessels that can help in greater nutrient intake.
Make sure to message your scalp without robbing your hair for 15-20 minutes twice a week. You can use your hands or use gentle electric massager. The results will be noticeable after only a month.
13. Saw Palmetto
Saw palmetto is a great treatment for all causes of hair loss. It prevents the conversion of DHT from testosterone which destroys hair follicles, a leading cause of hair loss for men and women. It is safe to use as a 500 milligrams per day. For best effect, also apply the extract containing saw palmetto on your scalp once or twice per day and leave it on until you ready to take a shower. You’ll notice the result after 1-2 month of continuous use.
14. Medical Treatments
When natural treatments don’t work, consult your doctor for prescription medicine. Hair loss can be a side effect of certain medication you’re taking or medical condition such as diabetes, thyroid problems, etc. You’ll need a blood test in order to determine the exact cause.
There are some medications that can help, including:
You may start with 2% for 2-3 weeks and then use 5% for optimum results. There are however two problems with using Rogaine: 1) Once you begin using Rogaine, you have to continue using it for life. If you stop, you’ll lose the hair you grew as a result of using Rogaine within 6 months. 2) You may start noticing hairs grown on unwanted areas, such as on your forehead, around your eyes, and other areas. It is best consulting your doctor before using Rogaine.
15. Stopping Menopause Hair loss
Women reaching perimenopause and menopause may experience hair loss due to hormone imbalance which is called androgenetic alopecia. It usually involves gradual thinning of the hair on the top and front of the head. Here are the measures to be taken:
Remember that the main cause of hair loss is DHT. Testosterone is converted to DHT leading to hair loss. Decreasing the conversion of testosterone to DHT will reduce the hair loss. Seek out natural remedies before seeking medications for stopping your hair loss. Don’t forget to massage your scalp on a daily basis to increase blood circulation to your hair follicles.
By David Jacobson – 2019
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For additional articles written by David Jacobson, see alliedpublishing.com/look-younger. David Jacobson is the author of How to Look 10 Years Younger Without Plastic Surgery.