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Easy Ways to Prevent Hair Loss

July 06, 2018

 

Hair loss is a growing problem in today’s world. In a way, it’s relieving that it’s a universal problem and not only are you suffering it but most others too. However, that doesn’t solve the question of how to prevent hair loss. Earth’s Wisdom today wants to touch this very important issue and check if it has a solution.

Understanding Hair and Hair Loss

Understand that every hair strand of yours has a life of two to five years. The follicles from which these strands originate undergo a cycle of active growth, transition and rest. If more of your follicles start undergoing the rest period, hair starts falling out and it’s called hair loss or telogen effluvium.

Telogen effluvium can result due to various factors including stress, post-pregnancy, side effects of a medication or an underlying health condition. Fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent hair loss.

General Things You can Do to Prevent Hair Loss

Avoid Tightly Pulled Hairstyles

Hair is flexible but too much pull can permanently damage it. Therefore you should avoid hairstyles like tight ponytails and braids, and cornrows wherein hair is pulled and the bond between your hair and scalp is loosened.

Avoid High-heat Styling Tools

The heat of high-heat styling tools dehydrate your hair follicles and make them prone to damage. Tools like hair straighteners, curling irons and hair dryers can all damage your hair in the long run.

Avoid Chemicals and Bleaches

Your hair follicles can be irrevocably damaged due to hair treatment chemicals. So, avoid dyes, perms, peroxide treatments and highlights.

Use a Mild and Suitable Shampoo

Several commercial shampoos are made from harsh ingredients. They can snatch your hair’s natural oil and fatty acids due to which your hair is strong and supple. Choose shampoos made only from natural ingredients.

Try Low-level Light Therapy

Low-level light therapy has been shown to promote cell growth and repair of hair. Your doctor can prescribe this therapy.

Hair Loss in Women

It typically results from heredity, thyroid disease, aging, androgenic alopecia or other hormonal issues. Your doctor may prescribe you one of the following treatments to stop further hair loss:

  • Aldactone (spironolactone) or other anti-androgen drug
  • Rogaine (minoxidil)
  • Iron supplements, particularly your hair loss is associated to anemia or heavy menstrual discharge
  • Oral contraceptives

Menopausal women may also consider HRT or hormone replacement therapy for hair loss and other symptoms.

Hair Loss in Men

Men typically experience hair loss more commonly than women. Hair loss in men results from heredity, androgenic alopecia, low testosterone levels or aging. Your doctor may prescribe you one of the following treatments:

  • Proscar or Propecia (finasteride)
  • Rogaine (minoxidil)
  • Follicular unit extraction (hair transplant only with follicles without connecting tissue)
  • Follicular unit transplantation (hair transplant with underlying tissue)

Home Remedies

Supplements

If you are losing hair due to nutritional deficiencies, supplements like iron, selenium, niacin, zinc, and vitamins B12 and D can help you produce stronger and healthier hair. Buy only from trusted sources.

Essential Oils

Essential oils that are aqueous essences of powerful botanical substances can be combined with carrier oils like almond oil and jojoba oil and can be used to stimulate hair growth. Some of these oils are jatamansi, Chinese hibiscus, ginseng and peppermint.

Massage

Massage to scalp has been proven to promote hair growth by promoting circulation.

Diet

A diet full of antioxidants can help your body fight oxidative stress that damages hair follicles. You should include foods like beans and legumes, strawberries and blueberries, spinach and kale etc. in your diet. On the other hand, you should avoid processed fats and sugar, preservatives and alcohol as they bring oxidative stress.

Quit Smoking

Because of smoking, your hair cells can prematurely age, making your follicles weak and easy to damage. Take the help of your doctor to quit smoking.

Factors like stress and iron deficiency can also cause hair loss. So, take ample rest and a nutrition-rich diet, and it will prevent hair loss and also make you overall healthy.

 

 



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