Statistics show that around half of the women in the world struggle with excessive hair loss—and most of them would rather have more hair than more money or friends. What do you think? While heredity and some medical conditions can play a role in whether or not your hair part widens over the years, there are plenty of choices you can make to give your hair every chance of remaining thick and healthy and even reverse thinning that has already begun.
1. Healthy Bodies, Healthy Hair
As the fastest growing cells in your body, your hair is the first part of your body affected if you don't take care of yourself, suffer vitamin and mineral deficiencies, or have other medical issues. So giving attention to your overall health is imperative in order for your hair to have half a chance.
Once you have ruled out medical issues, one of the simplest keys to glowing, growing hair is getting your entire body into shape. Make sure you are getting regular exercise and drinking plenty of water. And remember, the phrase “you are what you eat” especially applies to your hair.
2. The Hair Diet
Improper nutrition and hormone imbalance are two of the main causes of hair loss in women, and both are directly linked to what’s on your plate. Following is a list of the diet elements your hair craves.
3. Ditching the Hair-Haters
Of course, there are foods to avoid if you want to encourage luscious hair. These include unhealthy trans-fat, like that found in hydrogenated oils; sugar and processed foods; alcohol, which can cause liver toxicity; and too much caffeine, which dehydrates your body and causes hormone imbalance.
Also bad for your hair are the chemicals found in many shampoos, hair-coloring and styling products. Take a look at the label before you buy a bottle of shampoo and opt for those that are most natural and contain the fewest detergents. And as far as styling products go, simplify as much as possible. Let your hair be itself; it will love you for it and be more likely to stick around.
4. Dare to Care About Hair
You can avoid excessive hair loss by treating your hair gently.
Daily brushing is essential for hair health, but make sure you're doing it right. Avoid brushing your hair when it's wet, as this is when it is most fragile. You can detangle wet hair with a wide-tooth comb.
For regular brushing, choose a brush with somewhat stiff, natural bristles (vs. plastic or metal which pull out too much hair) and brush with long strokes from the roots to the tips, stimulating your scalp and distributing your hair's natural oils.
The amount of washing your hair needs will depend on its type and oiliness, but if you currently wash it every day, it's recommended that you try backing off to every other day, and then perhaps to twice a week. Don't scrub your scalp too harshly, and make sure you rinse thoroughly after shampooing. Leaving any soap residue can lead to a dry, flaking scalp which puts you at a higher risk for thinning locks.
5. Hair + Stress = Less
Stress is another huge cause of thinning hair in women.
Make sure you're getting plenty of sleep. Concentrate on improving your emotional health, and hair health will naturally follow.
Try implementing a regular massage, including your scalp. Not only will this help you to relax, it will increase beneficial blood-flow to your hair follicles.
6. Anointing Your Hair With Oil
You may want to add some of the following natural topical treatments to your scalp massage.
When doing research for this blog I did a survey and nearly half of those struggling with hair-loss said they would exchange their life savings for a full head of hair. Hair loss prevention, however, is often as simple and inexpensive as the choices you find above.
US National Library of Medicine: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
Mary Gail Mercurio, MD: www.webmd.com
Leah Polakoff: www.prevention.com
Josh Axe, MD: www.draxe.com
American Academy of Dermatology: www.aad.org
Angela Haupt, US News: www.health.usnews.com
Kriti Malik: www.food.ndtv.com
Joseph Mercola, DO: www.mercola.com