Do you get alarmed on seeing clumps of hair on your hair brush? Well, don’t be; because hair shedding is part of everyday life. And as much as we loathe clogged shower drains, it’s quite normal to lose 40 to 100 strands of hair per day. However, when you start losing a significant amount of hair in a day or notice bald spots (yikes) well, that’s when you know something’s not right.
Contrary to popular belief, dandruff isn’t the only reason behind your excessive hair fall. When it comes to hair loss, there are a number of potential triggers; the first one is genetic, that can make you more predisposed to hair thinning and balding. In other words, your hair follicles gradually shrink and produce hair that are slightly finer and shorter with each passing hair growth cycle. This can get aggravated further with certain types of pills or hormonal therapies. Other factors such as stress, vitamin deficiencies, lack of hair hygiene, medications, pollution, crash diets and harsh chemical treatments also contribute to hair fall.
Sounds bad, right? Not necessarily.
More often than not, there are certain things that you can do to keep your hair volume intact. So, stop freaking out and try these fail-proof (albeit simple) solutions to nip the issue at its roots.
Here are seven simple ways to curb hair fall and boost hair growth.
Get Smart About Hair Styling
Over time, heat styling tools such as straighteners and curling irons can make your hair brittle and prone to breakage. If you can’t quit cold turkey, turning down the temperature or using them sparingly is a good start. When it comes to hairstyles, avoid wearing tight ponytails, buns, or even braids. These can weaken the follicles and lead to further hair loss.
Switch to Sulphate-free Formulations
Regular shampoos and conditioners contain SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) that can irritate, damage and even burn your hair follicles (eeks). That’s why you need to make sulphate-free formulations your best friend. Free of harsh chemicals, these are much gentler and can get the job done just as well!
Change Your Diet
Since around 85 percent of our hair is made of protein, it’s essential to include a lot of proteins for both breakfast and lunchthink lean meat, eggs, cottage cheese and yoghurt, for stronger and thicker hair. Also, ensure that you consume enough Iron, which is essential for hair growth. It goes without saying that crash diets are a big no-no.
Say Yes To Supplements
Sometimes a healthy diet ain’t enough. For long-term results, look out for hair supplements containing Vitamin B12, Vitamin D3, Copper, Biotin, Selenium, Zinc or Iron that will complement your hair’s nutritional requirements. So there.
Massage Your Scalp
Treat yourself to relaxing massages with lukewarm oil (Coconut Oil or Almond Oil) to boost blood circulation in the scalp, condition the scalp and enhance the strength of the roots. This is also an excellent remedy for dandruff and scalp infections.
Reduce Your Stress Levels
Sometimes all you need is to de-stress to control your hair fall. If you didn’t know this already, stress hormones such as epinephrine and cortisol can interfere with your natural hair growth. Try taking a zumba class, jogging or even spending a few minutes meditating can help relieve your mind and body off stress.
Double-Check Your Prescription
Certain medications and hormonal contraceptives can also contribute to hair loss. However, it’s always different for each individual (not one-size fits all); so, you need to consult your physician if you observe recurring hair loss and get appropriate treatment.
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