Aging can be tough for a lot of reasons, and hair loss is just one of them. If you’re someone who’s hair is your crowning glory, it can be that much more embarrassing when your hair thins out, or you start losing it. Using strong hair dye, or other chemical treatments in your hair can result in thinning, and breakage, and losing your hair can be caused by anything from too many chemical treatments, to a natural part of the aging process. No matter what’s causing it, there are things you can do to keep your hair thick, healthy, and most importantly, on your head!
1. Change Up Your Diet
Protein is one of the major building blocks in every tissue in your body. eating foods rich in protein can help strengthen your hair, and it will fall out less. Protein can be found in lean meats, lentils, and eggs. Omega-3 fatty acids, such as the kind found in eggs, fish, and other healthy kinds of fats can not only strengthen your hair but keep it shiny, too! The stronger your hair, the less likely it will thin and fall out. Other good vitamins for hair growth and maintenance include vitamin A, like leafy greens, and carrots, and B12, which supports the creation of red blood cells, and Vitamin E, which is good for circulation. If you are finding your diet doesn’t provide the proper minerals, you may want to consult with a nutritionist. A daily supplement can also help balance your nutritional needs if you find you’re leaving too much hair on the brush every day!
2. Stay Hydrated
We’re 70% water, so it’s no surprise that water has a huge impact on our health and appearance. Elasticity is vital to prevent wrinkling skin and thinning hair, and along with plenty of healthy fats, that means water. In fact, like the rest of your body, your hair shaft is largely made up of water. As it dries, the hair will thin out and break off, or even fall out.
Stay hydrated by cutting out bad habits like smoking and drinking too much caffeine, and set an alarm if you need to remember to drink enough water. Drink at least 64 ounces per day. Avoid carbonated drinks, which can also act as a diuretic, and can even weaken your immune system, which could make even more hair fall out. If you find your skin is drying out, an essential oil scalp massage can help stimulate hair follicles, and keep your scalp hydrated and hair healthy.
3. Choose All-Natural Treatments
We all love some time at the salon. But too many chemical treatments take its toll. Choosing natural treatments may help give your hair back its luster. Always set your hair dryer on cool and low settings, and minimize your use of flat irons. Check with your hairdresser before you dye, and don’t dye hair more than two shades its normal color. Finally, check out some of the natural remedies for hair loss and scalp rehydration on the market.
No matter what’s causing the hair loss, being gentle on your hair and scalp can make a positive change. Choose shampoos and treatments with antioxidants to promote hair growth and boost your immune system will strengthen the overall look and feel of your hair.
4. Talk to Your Doctor
Hair loss may actually be a symptom for something completely unrelated. A weakened immune system, poor nutrition, even some hormonal changes can begin with hair loss. Check with your doctor, if you experience hair loss with no clear cause. They may be able to provide you with hormone treatments, vitamins, or other solutions. As your health improves, you might even find your hair coming in more beautiful than ever!
5. Take Some Time To Relax
You don’t need me to tell you that stress can really do a number on your hair. Trauma has been known to cause thinning and greying, and if the trauma is big enough, you might even find you wake up with bald spots! Usually, the more severe the trauma the greater the impact on your hair. But even an upheaval that builds stress over time, such as the loss of a job, or a divorce, can have a catastrophic impact on your hair. We’re not clear on exactly why and how stress impacts the hair, but given the effect that stress has on the immune system, it is thought that stress changes the way the hair follicles get the needed proteins to your scalp and follicles. So put in some time at a yoga class, and brush up on your meditation. Take some time to relax, and you’ll find your hair growing in thicker than ever.
Losing your hair is never a good experience, but it doesn’t have to be drastic. The 5 remedies in this article are all natural, which means your hair stays strong and healthy. Whether it’s about a change in your diet, your hormones, or your hair treatments, it’s sure to help you feel better about your appearance and your health.