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How to Deal With Hair Loss?
For many people, hair loss is a very traumatic experience, especially for women since most of them take great pride in their voluminous locks. Loss of hair can often result in the loss of confidence and can affect many parts of one’s life. But why hair loss occurs and how you can battle it? Learn everything you need to know about this uncomfortable issue.
What causes it?
Before we tackle some ways for battling hair loss, let’s see why it occurs in the first place. Most people lose hair constantly—about 100-150 hairs a day—and this is called normal shedding. However, when your scalp starts to become visible or your hair starts coming off too much, you might be experiencing hair loss. The most common issue is known as telogen effluvium and this type of temporary hair loss is mostly caused by stress. Other hair loss issues can be caused by poor diet and lack of vitamins (this mostly happens in third-world countries with lack of access to quality food and supplements). Chronic hair loss can also point to alopecia or some thyroid issues.
Choose the right shampoo
When it comes to treating your hair and scalp right, it’s best to start by choosing the right shampoo. Your hair should be washed with a shampoo made for your scalp type—this can slow down hair loss and improve scalp skin health. Make sure you choose natural shampoos without chemicals, especially sulfates, parabens and silicone which can make your hair brittle and prone to breaking. Additionally, keep in mind that dry scalp needs to be washed less often, while oily hair can benefit from more frequent washing (three times a week).
Some supplements can help with hair loss. So far, vitamin and mineral supplements like vitamin C, biotin, niacin, iron and zinc all help with hair health by thickening the strands and promoting growth. In most cases, people notice improved hair growth after 3 or 4 months of beginning their supplement treatment, but if you suffer from some serious illness, supplements might not be sufficient.
If you notice significant hair loss, you can mask it with extensions. Extensions are a great way to boost your confidence and deal with hair loss during your treatment. If you find a quality long clip in hair extensions, you can expect great results. They are practically invisible and add great volume and shine to your hair. Since any hair growth treatment requires patience and sometimes brings weak results, these extensions will come in very handy as you deal with your hair loss issues. No matter if your problem is temporary or permanent, extensions can really help you push through this problematic period.
Avoid harsh treatments
If you usually get treatments like straightening, coloring or perming, try to stop them for a longer period of time. These treatments are not kind to your hair or your skin and can make your strands brittle. Even blow-drying your hair is not so good for it. If you can’t leave your hair to air dry, make sure to use your drier while on the lowest setting and avoid using it on soaking wet hair.
One of the main causes of hair loss amongst both sexes is stress. Stress can cause various physical and mental health issues, but it can also accelerate hair loss, disrupt hair growth and lead to graying. With proper stress-management tactics like yoga, meditation and good sleep, you can reduce stress and help your hair recover.
Your hair needs proper nutrition to grow and be strong and pretty. A good diet full of protein and iron is especially important. Also, make sure to add proper hydration to your balanced diet. Malnourishment of the body can dehydrate the scalp and cause excessive hair loss.
With proper hair care and healthy diet, you can prevent or slow down your hair loss. If that doesn’t help, you can always turn to extensions to give you back your lush curls and your confidence. For more questions, turn to your dermatologist and expect amazing advice.