How to slow down hair loss
-Dec 10, Jenny Paul , Health -
If you’ve suffered hair loss, then you’ll know how upsetting it can be. Causes can be put down to stress, genetic factors, dietary and lifestyle issues, your age, hormone imbalance and illness. Sometimes hair can fall out and doctors aren’t even sure why. We’ve taken a look at things you can do to slow down hair loss and keep your mane healthy and shiny.
Take a look at your hair products
There’s a lot of nasty chemicals hiding in certain hair products, gels and sprays in particular contain chemicals that block the hair follicles and prevent new hairs from coming to the surface. It’s worth changing up your shampoo and conditioner (we like Rene Furterer’s Stimulating Shampoo For Thinning Hair and the matching conditioner) and keeping the use of heated styling tools to a minimum. A decent cut can make all the difference when it comes to styling and don’t forget the benefits of dry shampoo (we love Klorane’s oat milk dry shampoo) for giving your hair added oomph and volume without the nasty dose of chemicals.
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Avoid very hot showers
There’s a school of thought that very hot showers can cause inflammation of the scalp which leads to thinning out hair. And they cause dryness (hello, dandruff) which leads it itchiness and hair loss. Keep your scalp hydrated with regular hair masques. Simply massage in several drops of Lumity’s Skin Nutrients from the scalp through to the ends of the hair. You can leave in overnight or you could do it when you get home from work, leave for several hours while you watch TV or read and wash out before bed.
How what you eat can cause hair loss
Your diet is an important factor when it comes to your hair’s health. Not eating enough protein can cause hair loss because the body compensates by rationing protein – which becomes apparent two to three months after the initial drop in protein. The solution is eating more protein in the form of lean meat, poultry, seafood, plus eggs, legumes, nuts and seeds.
Too much vitamin A can cause hair loss (take a look at your recommended daily amounts and don’t mix and match your supplements without checking the labels).
A vitamin B deficiency also causes hair loss, you can remedy this by eating foods that are rich in B vitamins including; fruits and vegetable, lean protein and healthy fats from as avocado, nuts and seeds.
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Other causes of hair loss
Hair is incredibly sensitive to general health, wellbeing and diet. Being a non-essential tissue, it is often the first part of the body to be withheld from and the last to benefit. The most common causes of sub-optimal growth and hair loss are:
· Lack of dietary protein
· Iron and ferritin (stored iron) deficiency
· Rapid weight loss/crash dieting
· A high fever or illness
· Surgery or general anesthesia
· Shock/severe stress
· Hormonal imbalances or changes. I.e. hypo and hyperthyroid, menopause, pregnancy and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
It is important to note that, due to the nature of the hair growth cycle, hair shedding usually occurs 6-12 weeks after the event that caused it.
Supplements you can take that will help your hair
Lumity’s Morning & Night supplements which now come in a men’s formula as well as the triple award-winning women’s version help hair health due to the selenium which has been included as part of the hair-working team of nutrients. Selenium boosts shine and vitamin D also contributes to hair health.
Why your stress levels play a part in hair health
If you’re going through a period of stress or extreme emotional upset in can show in your hair up to three months later. Try all the tools available to help you through difficult times, whether it’s talk therapy, meditation, yoga, or taking time off work, your overall health will benefit and so will your hair.