Discovering clumps of hair in your brush or sliding down the drain can be a shocking experience. Hair loss is something that many people fear, but ignoring the issue may only make the situation worse. If you’ve noticed hair loss, or are worried it will happen to you, here are some important do and don’ts.
Don’t Stop Shampooing Your Hair
A lot of hair loss is evident when you’re in the shower because massaging your scalp helps remove loose hairs. It may be tempting to simply not wash your hair in the hopes that you won’t cause more hair to fall out.
The simple truth is those hairs will fall out anyway, on the floor, in your brush, or on your furniture. It simply won’t be as noticeable to you.
Not shampooing can also potentially worsen your hair loss over time because your scalp will react to that lack of care. If a follicle gets plugged up from excess oils, that follicle won’t be able to produce new hair.
Manage Your Stress Levels
Stress can cause hair loss, and if you don’t know how to manage it you can end up with hair loss as a symptom. Good preventative management techniques for stress include:
- Spending time in nature
- Taking one day at a time
- Not overloading your to-do list
- Practicing mindfulness
Stress is a very common cause of hair loss and learning how to manage it can go a long way to maintaining your hair health.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Your body needs the right nutrients to produce healthy hair, and that can only come from the things you eat and drink. A great way to prevent hair loss is to make sure you are eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and avoiding highly processed foods.
In particular, your hair can benefit from foods that contain Omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon or chia seeds, as well as B vitamins from lean meats, dark leafy greens, and some nuts and seeds.
Speak With a Hair Loss Specialist
With attention to the health of the scalp and the follicles, it is possible to minimize the effects of hair loss before it even starts.
At New Look Institute, we utilize a variety of methods to prevent hair loss, including:
- Trichology - our experienced trichologist can evaluate the health of your scalp and hair to recommend an effective course of action
- Laser Therapy - low-level laser therapy can help stimulate blood flow, and regain healthy hair
- Topical Thickening Products - topical solutions can sometimes address scalp conditions and facilitate healthy hair and increased density
Be Gentle With Your Hair
While shampooing is one habit you should keep, other hairstyling choices you make can cause hair loss. Avoid tight ponytails which can pull hair from your scalp, and avoid bleaching, chemically treating, or heating your hair too much.
A natural bristled hairbrush can also go a long way to helping avoid breakage or accidentally pulling your hair out, reducing overall hair loss.
Taking Care of Yourself Matters
Many of us are so focused on helping our family, our work, our community that we often forget to take care of ourselves. Failing to take care of yourself can lead to many poor outcomes, from burnout at work to poor health, and yes, hair loss too.
Self-care, including eating well, getting enough rest, and managing your stress levels, can make you a better person at work and home, as well as reduce hair loss and other physical symptoms. Always remember that you matter too, and that self-care is never selfish. Your body, hair and all, will thank you for it.
For more information or to discuss options that meet your lifestyle, budget, and hair loss needs, contact New Look Institute today.
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