4 Ways to Stop Your Hair from Shedding
Let’s face the facts - our hair will naturally shed no matter what...it’s completely normal and just a part of your hair cycle. A hair cycle includes a growth period of about 5-7 years and sheds spontaneously after that. Typically, people shed anywhere between 50-100 hairs a day. It ends up literally everywhere in our house and we all have to deal with it! However, if you are starting to notice more hair loss than usual, it’s important to figure out what’s going on that’s causing the extra shedding because it can have a huge impact on your health. Before you panic and load up on products or hair-loss remedies, take a deep breath! We’ve put together a list of effective tips for all hair types you can apply to your life to help put a stop to excessive hair loss. Keep reading to find out more!
What causes hair to shed?
Genetics, lack of vital nutrients (vitamins B, D, and zinc), physical or emotional stress, poor nutrition, age, and hormonal changes particularly in women can all play a role in extra hair shedding. The most common type of hair loss is called androgenetic alopecia, a hair disorder caused by genetics that affections approximately 80 million americans.
Symptoms of Hair Loss
- noticing smaller/thinner ponytails
- seeing hair break off
- noticing more hair fall off
4 Ways to Stop Your Hair from Shedding
1. Brush your hair properly
In fact, one of the main culprits of extra hair loss is due to the way you brush your hair. Brushes and combs are used to detangle knots and smooth out your hair, but brushing your hair too much can also cause friction, resulting in more hair falling out. It’s also important not to brush your hair while it is in its most delicate state - wet. Try to make it a habit to brush your hair before you shower to avoid extra breakage. We all are guilty of brushing our hair vigorously sometimes… whether you’re in a rush or just simply impatient, this can be detrimental for your hair! Try to set aside some time to brush your hair correctly in small sections, starting halfway from the tip and move downwards. Then, work into your roots and brush a little above the top half of your hair to avoid putting too much pressure to your precious strands.
2. Maintain a healthy diet
Healthy hair requires optimal levels of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Not eating enough protein can also damage your hair and can interfere with building new hair follicles. Strict diets designed for weight loss can also cause abnormal hair loss due to certain nutrient deficiencies. Consuming vitamins or minerals in excess can also lead to losing hair. Your hair cells require a balance of proteins, iron, complex carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals to function properly. Your scalp also needs to stay hydrated, so make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Consume plenty of vegetables, lean meat, seafood, and citrus fruits while adopting a varied diet to help ensure you absorb a wide-range of essential vitamins and minerals for maintaining healthy and beautiful hair.
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3. Take Supplements
You can take a blood test with your primary care provider to determine any nutrient or mineral deficiencies you may have and take the appropriate supplements. Multivitamins can help ensure you are getting the nutrients you are lacking. Biotin, vitamin B3, vitamin C, zinc, and iron supplements are important to help nourish healthy and long hair. However, it is advised not to take extra of certain vitamins you already have adequate levels of because this can cause more harm than good for your hair.
4. Give your hair a break
A lot of times, over-styling, using improper tools, and using too many products on your hair can be to blame. This can really hurt your hair and its follicles, causing frizzy, brittle, and weakened hair that are more likely to fall out. Certain preservatives found in hair products (like parabens and formaldehyde) can cause a hormonal imbalance in your body and contribute to more strands falling . Constantly wearing your hair in a tight ponytail, braid, or bun can also eventually lead up to hair loss from the continuous pulling and tugging. Over time, you may damage your hair follicles and experience permanent hair loss. Don’t get us wrong, you can still pull your hair back for a sleek, tight look every once in a while. Opt to wear your hair pulled back in a loosened grip especially where your hairline is. Switch up loose and tighter styles to let your hair breathe and have a chance to recover.
Signs your hairstyle is causing hair loss
If you are experiencing any of the below, it’s time to stop wearing tight hairstyles immediately to let your hair recover and grow back.
- Receding hairline
- Broken hair near the forehead
- Bald spots/patches where your hair is pulled
Related: 5 Ways to Achieve a Thicker Ponytail
Consider Semi-permanent Extensions
If you have thinning hair, semi-permanent extensions may be a good solution for you to regain volume. Semi-permanent extensions can last up to three months with proper care and maintenance. You won’t need to take them out before going to bed or worry about hair falling out from using oil-based products. These extensions are locked in place! Believe it or not, sew-in extensions encourages hair growth. Once they’re professionally installed, you can style your extensions as you please while your natural hair gets a break from the styling tools and focus on the regrowth process. Our premium quality Secret of Medusa E-Weft extensions are 100% cuticle intact human hair that is collected in a braid and preserves the integrity of soft, shiny, and strong hair even during the coloring process. These popular extensions have an ultra-thin design, redefining how comfortable and natural it is able to blend with our natural hair. Each weft is quadruple stitched and lace-sealed, allowing each piece to be cut without shedding or fraying.
There are many remedies you can consider towards helping prevent your hair from the additional shedding. Over 50% of women are estimated to experience noticeable hair loss in their lifetime. It is important to make sure there aren’t any serious underlying issues by getting checked up by a doctor. You can get blood work to determine any vitamin or mineral deficiencies to supplement accordingly, eat certain foods that help promote healthy and strong hair, and also give your hair a break from sporting tight hairstyles too often. This may help reverse or stop the hair shedding. You can also consider getting sew-in extensions to give you nice length and volume for months at a time. For all of your hair extensions and accessory needs, make sure you check out Secret of Medusa! We’ve got you covered.
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