You’ve tried everything from expensive shampoos and conditioners to oiling and fancy hair spa treatments, but your hair just refuses to cooperate. Each time you run a comb through it, a blanket of strands line the floor. If you’re nodding your head to this, you’re probably suffering from a hair loss problem yourself.
Let’s get one thing straight. Everyone loses hair. That does not mean you have a problem. Experts say that losing up to 100 strands over a 24-hour period is normal. Any more, and it may be a problem. The products you use on your hair are just the tip of the iceberg. Hair loss depends upon several other factors such as heredity, nutrition and exercise.
We tell you the best ways to prevent hair fall and leave your hair looking thick, glossy and vibrant.
1. A Balanced Diet
The importance of this point cannot be stressed enough. Your hair needs protein, iron, Vitamin C, Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc to keep it looking healthy and lustrous. But this will not come from your shampoo alone. Nutritional intake is equally (if not more) beneficial for your hair. Make sure your diet includes plenty of citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, brown rice, lentils, nuts, turkey and fish. Vegetarians can consider going for iron or vitamin supplements to give them the nutrients that they miss out from meat and fish. You’ll never groan about combing your hair again.
2. Good Quality Hair Products
You may not bother much about the shampoo you’re using or might skip applying conditioner to your hair but your hair remembers everything. Not only do irregular habits speed up the hair loss process but using products that are unsuitable for your hair will make it brittle and weak. Invest in a good quality shampoo and conditioner – they should be mild and specific to your hair type. Add specialised products like a hair mask and serum to your routine and avoid using heating appliances like blow dryers and hair straighteners too often.
3. Sleep Is The Key
You may never have thought it possible but there is a link between sleep pattern and hair loss. Your body needs seven to eight hours of rest each night to regenerate, recoup and heal itself. A good night’s sleep leads to a healthy mind and body – which translates to healthy hair.
4. Live Stress-Free
We know life can get stressful, what with daily work and managing a family, but falling prey to stress can be the very reason for your hair loss. Tensions can manifest themselves into severe hair loss. To avoid this, take things lightly and work off your stress. Yes, exercise stimulates the mind and causes stress levels to fall. Besides, the blood circulation from a workout makes hair stronger, leading to lesser hair fall.
5. Drink Plenty Of Fluids
This includes water. Drinking eight to 12 glasses of water will rid your body of toxins which may be responsible for hair fall. Also, cut down on caffeine and switch to green tea instead. Green tea has natural ingredients that are responsible for building hormones that make your hair strong. Caffeine, on the other hand, causes dehydration which speeds up hair loss.
Follow these simple steps and you won’t ever have to worry about hair loss again!