A full head of healthy, shiny hair is a very coveted thing. Stress, genetics, vitamin deficiencies, styling damage, and chemical processing can all contribute to hair thinning over time in women and men. On average, we lose 50-100 hairs day, which is part of the natural growth cycle. However, if you start seeing more hairs on your pillow, in the bathroom sink, or in your brush, hair loss may be a bigger problem.
Making some simple changes to your daily hair care routine may help slow down hair thinning.
Here are 5 tips:
- Use a brush made with boar bristles. Plastic brushes can be abrasive on your hair and scalp.
- Switch your hair appliances to a cooler setting, or hold your dryer further away from your hair (6-12 inches). Prolonged exposure to heat can be extremely damaging to hair.
- Use a protein-based nourishing conditioner to restore the natural oils that are removed from the hair and scalp during the washing process. Also use only sulfate-free shampoo.
- Avoid wearing your hair in a too tight ponytail or using an elastic band that can weaken strands and cause breakage.
- Eat your share of green leafy vegetables and Omega 3-enriched eggs. Diets rich in calcium, protein and iron can help reduce or even prevent hair loss.
If excessive hair loss persists, see your dermatologist to find out what the underlying cause may be.