Hair loss is increasingly becoming a global health problem. It is widely spread, affecting all classes and ages of people. Its effect has also been shown to be devastating to both men and women and often times it can be difficult to know how to take care of your hair.
The good news is that there are healthy habits discussed below, which, if utilized, will help manage hair loss.
- Don’t Overlook or Procrastinate Hair Loss Problems
The first and most important tip for managing hair loss is never to overlook or procrastinate treating it. The best time to start managing hair loss is the moment you notice it. On average, we shed about 50 -100 strands of hair daily. Each of these strands usually regrows on its own. So, when you notice more severe hair loss, that is the time to start working towards repairing its cause. This is important because overlooking or procrastinating treatment will inevitably exacerbate your condition, making it more challenging to manage.
- Prioritize Hair and Scalp Hygiene
You must pay attention to your scalp and hair hygiene. An unhealthy scalp precipitates hair loss. For example, consistent scalp or hair itches could be signs of an impending hair loss.
So, you should care for your hair and scalp by washing your hair routinely. Also, invest in a healthy shampoo without harsh ingredients. While washing, gently massage the shampoo into your hair, and when washing it off, let it flow through the length of your hair. Don’t scrub it in. Furthermore, as much as possible, allow your hair to air dry. This is because continuous blow-drying and using hot combs will damage your hair.
- Don’t Comb/Brush your Hair Always
Although brushing or combing your hair is a good and necessary habit, you must take intentional care in the manner and frequency you comb your hair. For instance, combing your hair when it is wet is not advisable for people managing hair loss. This is because your hair is in it’s most fragile state when it is wet. Combing or brushing in this state can cause the hair to snap and break, causing premature hair fall. We advise that you brush or comb your hair when it is dry. If you must comb when wet, use a wide-tooth comb.
- Don’t use Multiple Hair Treatments Simultaneously
There are many treatment methods available for managing hair loss. One crucial habit is not to combine these treatments simultaneously. People are usually tempted by the prospects of getting instant results by such combinations. However, instead of instant results, the reality will most likely be further problems, such as scalp itching.
Using multiple products simultaneously means that you will be unable to determine which particular product is responsible for your hair problems. Furthermore, most good hair products have similar active ingredients. So, combining these products means that you are overdosing on some ingredients. And, overdosing, in any form at all, isn’t ideal.
- Maintain Healthy Nutrition
People have considered healthy eating when caring for every other part of their body; except their hair. But, there’s a lot that a healthy diet has to do with managing hair loss. Whether you’re already experiencing hair loss or trying to prevent it, adjusting your diet is a natural and effective way to do this.
A protein-filled breakfast is undoubtedly a great way to start the day. Preferably, with low-fat meats such as chicken and turkey. Also, eat nuts. Nuts contain omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids, which strengthen hair follicles. Raw vegetables and fresh herbs also provide the extra Vitamin A, which is nourishing for your scalp. Finally, stay hydrated.
- Consider Using Hair Supplements
An effective means of combating hair loss is to use hair supplements. They directly provide the vitamins needed for continuous hair growth. A lot of people are skeptical about whether hair supplements actually work. What with various such supplements touted as useful and later proven useless.
- Be Patient and Consistent with Handling Hair Loss
You must be patient and consistent with your hair loss treatment routine. Your hair generally grows at 1.3cm every day. This means that fully gaining control over or defeating hair loss will take some time; many months even.
Choose a suitable hair treatment method and stick with it. Continue with it until you get your desired results. Do not start and stop hair treatments. Impatience will lead you to indulge in potentially harmful processes to hasten the growth process and may end up ruining your efforts.
Hair loss doesn’t have to be as bad as it seems. Practicing the healthy habits above will help take away the adverse effects of hair loss, such as low self-esteem or embarrassment. When appropriately managed and combined with quality regrowth treatment, hair loss will quickly become a thing of the past.