It’s easy to ignore the possibility of thinning or lost hair until it’s already gone. But hair health is part of overall health, and you can do some basic things to take care of your hair and reduce the potential for hair loss. This applies to both women and men, younger and more mature.
You lose about 80-100 hairs per day, but if you’re losing several times that, it may be time to see your doctor, consider improvements in your diet, reduction of stress, and possibly products that help with the appearance of thinning hair, like Nioxin (available in our salon).
Protecting your hair from excessive hair loss requires some common sense hair health techniques:
- Don’t band it with rubber bands, or tie it too tightly into pony tails. The tension on your hairline increases hair loss.
- Use a wide-toothed comb, not a fine one or brush, especially when hair is wet.
- Switch shampoos every 8-10 months.
- Avoid shampooing daily. That can strip your hair of oils and proteins, and increase hair loss during washing, drying, and styling.
- Use an essence or essential oil on your hair (again, available in our salon). This will increase circulation to hair roots and replentish hair.
- If you’re losing hair, you probably shouldn’t be straightening, perming, coloring, or blow drying. But if you are going to do those, then do it less often, and choose processes that last longer (we use color with less fade, straightening and extensions that last much longer than normal, etc).
- Drink lots of water. Eat healthy. Get enough sleep and routine, adequate exercise. Again, hair health is part of overall health and there are direct connections.
- Stop stressing. Stress will leave you looking like a scalped lawn. Yoga can help, or other destressing measures.
- Some medications are known to cause hair loss, have that listed as a side effect, or have anecdotal reports about it. Just one example with anecdotal claims of hair loss is Metoprolol, sometimes used for hypertension, but others are numerous. Chemotherapy and other cancer treatments can cause ongoing hair loss. Be aware of these risks.