Many people view hair loss as an inevitable part of growing older, especially for men.
It’s true that some of us can be genetically predisposed towards baldness, and certain diseases can contribute to its onset as well.
However, other contributing factors, such as stress and extreme weight loss, lie more within our control.
Diet & Stress
A healthy diet that provides your body with ample B vitamins, vitamin C, and iron can encourage hair growth and health.
We can also re-train ourselves around certain habits that may have been stressing our hair follicles for a long time.
If we do so, we may find that the effects of hair thinning stop and perhaps even begin to reverse themselves.
What Could Damage Your Hair
The first basic rule of thumb is to always be gentle with your hair.
- Avoid any treatments that can stress hair follicles. These include tight hairstyles and buns as well as the use of curling irons, curlers, flatirons, and crimpers.
- Stay away from dyes, perm solutions, and relaxers that are composed of chemical compounds. Henna and herbal rinses make good substitute natural dyes.
- Also, steer clear of shampoos that contain sulfates or formaldehyde.
What Your Hair Could Benefit From
- Make an effort to brush your hair slowly and gently.
- When you wash your hair, devote a little extra time to massaging your scalp with the tips of your fingers. This stimulates the flow of blood to your hair follicles and can encourage hair growth, especially if you repeat the ritual every day.
- Certain essential oils have proven effective in stimulating growth. These include lavender, rosemary, and rosehip. Rosehip oil actually contains the same active ingredient that is found in retinol, which is used in certain hair treatment ointments.
- In holistic health circles, shampoos containing the mineral silica are believed to be effective in the prevention of hair loss, and they may even encourage new growth.
- B vitamins aid in the production of red blood cells that bring oxygen to all of your bodily tissues – including your scalp.
- Sometimes hair loss is due to an iron deficiency, anemia. Be sure to get enough iron in your diet and also supplement it with ample vitamin C, which aids in its absorption.
- Be careful not to take vitamin A in excess, as this has been shown to be a contributing factor in hair loss. Studies have found that one particular amino acid, N-acetyl cysteine, helps to stimulate hair growth. It can be found at most local pharmacies.
There are no treatments or remedies that can guarantee us a full head of hair for the entirety of our natural lives. But many of the adverse factors that contribute to hair loss can be prevented with a little knowledge and application.
Please note that I am not a health professional. Everything on my blog I researched for self-interest.