Around one-third of the world’s population suffers and nearly 2.8 billion dollars are spent worldwide over the hair fall treatments annually. Before you run to the hair loss centre, consider trying more natural and simpler methods like ‘lifestyle modification’ to slow down hair loss.
To lose 100 to 250 hair strands a day is a normal occurrence and something not to be worried about. But when it exceeds the said mark, this condition is labelled as hair loss. Hair loss is omnipresent in both men and women, young and old.
Let us have a closer look.
Common habits that cause hair loss
An improvised lifestyle holds an immense potential to stabilize your gorgeous locks and prevent thinning. Here are some common lifestyle mistakes that can ruin the natural strength and the liveliness of your beautiful locks:
You love hot water showers
Though hot showers relax sore muscles, they can be harmful to your beautiful tresses. Hot water strips off the essential oils and moisture from the scalp and hair, making them dull, dry, brittle and more fragile.
It is advisable to use lukewarm water with a temperature sufficient to open up and clean the cuticles properly, followed by a cold-water wash to seal the cuticles back, thus preventing moisture loss.
In almost 50% of cases of lifeless, dull, weak and falling hair, incorrect shampoo is the chief culprit. Dry hair needs moisturizing shampoo whereas the oily scalps require cleansing and oil removing ones. Thinning hair demand volumizers and coloured- or chemical-damaged hair protectors, etc.
A wrong match can do blunders. Shampoos meant for dry hair can make oily hair stickier by encouraging oil secretion, whereas the one for oily hair can rip off excess moisture if used on normal or dry hair, making them drier and frizzier and so on.
Lack of shine, brittleness, faded colour, tangled and unmanageable hair even after a hair wash can be the tell-tale signs of a wrong shampoo.
Your love for tight ponytails
Tight ponytails or even braids that pull the hair backwards for a longer duration expose the strands to constant mechanical tension. This strain can eventually tug out the follicles at its roots or may even break the hair.
To avoid such traction alopecia, keep the ponytails loose, never tie wet hair and if possible, occasionally let your hair down.
Wearing caps all day long
There is a theory that suggests that constantly covering the scalp makes it sweaty. The accumulated sweat along with the salts clog the pores, irritate, inflame, and damage the hair follicles; this weakens them and precipitates hair loss.
Similarly, other routine practices such as combing wet hair, daily hair wash, excessive use of the hair styling tools, and even irregular oiling of the scalp can aggravate thinning of hairs.
These lifestyle causes are reversible and modifying them can take you one step closer to achieving healthier, thicker hair. Here we bring to you some of the easiest ways to show love for your tresses!
Simple lifestyle changes to slow down hair loss
Get the right shampoo.
Shampoos are meant to cleanse and nourish the hair and scalp. Study your scalp type and buy shampoos and conditioners that match accordingly. By doing so, your shampoo will effectively:
cleanse the dirt
remove excess oil from the scalp
add moisture to dry scalp
impart colour protection to tainted locks
volumize thin strands
soothe frizzy hair; and
make them all stronger, shinier, thicker, and healthier, thus reducing hair fall.
Strengthen your hair with a well-balanced diet.
It’s a well-known fact that whatever we eat is reflected in ourselves. This is true for your hair too. The healthier the diet, healthier your hair will be. Enrich your diet with the following hair essentials:
Eggs, meat, fish, nuts, berries, green leafy vegetables.
Building blocks of hair. Strengthen the hair.
Spinach and other green leafy vegetables.
Promote red blood cell production. Improve circulation and strengthen your hair follicles.
Oranges, Strawberries, Raspberries, Guava.
Boost collagen, strength-building and growth-inducing hair protein. Strong antioxidant.
Omega-3 fatty acids
Salmon fish, Avocadoes, Flaxseeds, nuts
Moisturize the scalp. Remove hair dryness and brittleness. Spark the production of collagen and elastin adding strength and shine.
Essential hair protein
Beta carotene or Vitamin A
Condition growing hair and prevents breakage. Increase hair growth. Enhance sebum production. Keep scalp healthier and nourished to retain more hairs.
B-Vitamins and minerals
Walnuts Multivitamin supplements.
Strengthen hair cuticles and nourish the scalp.
Embrace good hair styling habits.
Use a wide-toothed comb: Reduces the risk of stretching and falling.
Brushing or styling wet hair: Wet hair are the weakest and can easily get damaged or break.
Use fingers to undo tangles, not a comb or brush
Frequent hair brushing: Makes hair prone to breakage.
Let hair dry naturally.
Avoid rubbing your hair dry with a towel.
Add conditioners to hair-care routine: It forms a covering that traps the moisture and acts as a shield against external hazards.
Excessive use of styling tools: Straighteners, perming devices, blow dryers, curling rods, etc, generate heat which can denature the hair proteins making them dull, weaker, fragile and thinner.
Prefer organic hair dyes over synthetic colours that contain harmful chemicals.
Harsh chemicals and permanent hair colour products could be damaging for hair health.
Coconut oil massage: Promote better blood flow and aid in strengthening and regrowth. It also prevents hair damage from UV light exposure.
Direct and long-term exposure to sun- UV rays destroy the collagen in hair strands.
Stay cool and relaxed.
Stress is a well-identified cause for substantial hair loss. This acts by triggering the shift of hair follicles from the growth phase to the telogen effluvium phase of the hair cycle wherein the hair gets weaker and fall off easily.
So de-stressing yourself by engaging into meditation, regular exercises, yoga or other hobbies can help to efficiently curb stress-related hair loss.
DIY hair masks for healthier hair
Do you wish to boost your hair’s health with essential nutrients within minutes at your own comfort? Here are some DIY hair masks recipes you can try!
Give a protein-boost to your hair with fenugreek seeds.
Soak the fenugreek seeds overnight in water. Make a paste and apply it to the scalp for 30 minutes and rinse off using shampoo.
Treat your oily scalp with a grease-dissolving blend of honey, aloe vera and lemon juice.
Mix 2 tablespoons of honey, 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel (conditioner) and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice (removes oil). Apply on damp hair and scalp for 15 minutes and then rinse it off.
Trap moisture in your dry frizzy hair using a highly appreciated banana, yogurt, honey mask.
Add two tablespoons of yogurt and 1 tablespoon of honey to a mashed banana. Mix well. Apply on damp hair, leave there for 30 minutes and then rinse off.
Bananas, along with its magical conditioning properties, can also trap the moisture and eliminate frizz, thanks to the power-packed assembly of natural oils, potassium, carbohydrates, and vitamins that it possesses. Yogurt adds to the de-frizz effect by virtue of its high lactic acid content.
A nourishing egg and oil mask for all hair and scalp types.
Mix 4 tablespoons of almond oil and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil with egg whites. Apply this over your hair and then wash it off with cold water after an hour.
Eggs as a rich source of aminoacids and B-group vitamins including biotin enrich this mask with ample hair-nourishingproperties.
Gorgeous hair is the best accessory you can have and losing them can really be nerve-wracking. Keep in mind that hair loss happens to everybody and can be well-managed with the right tools and tips.
Start changing your lifestyle as the first step towards your dream hair and seek professional help by visiting a trichologist for serious hair loss problems.