Hair loss can be a devastating development for both men and women. Men come to expect a receding hairline in their later years, but it still takes a toll on their self-esteem when it happens. For women, the psychological effects can be even more severe, because of the high importance that is placed on long, beautiful hair. Sure, “it’s just hair”, but try saying that when you don’t have it anymore. Fortunately, not all is lost, though. Hair does grow back with a bit of help, so here are the 6 best fixes for hair loss.
1. Hair growth supplements
The most effective dedicated treatments for hair growth are supplements, typically containing biotin. Collagen is an important component, as well, together with caffeine. Whatever pills, treatment, or supplements you use, they’re going to be a combination of these three effective ingredients, which provide nourishment, stimulate hair growth and promote healthier hair. Keep in mind that these treatments always need to be used for at least 3 months for you to begin to see results, although it’s recommended to go on for 6 to 12 months for the full effect. It’s probably the most effective and one of the best 6 fixes for hair loss.
Extra tip: You can combine an oral treatment like this with topical hair growth treatments, like vials to apply at the root of the hair, special shampoos and serums. The combined effort will leave your hair in the best condition to regenerate itself.
2. A change in diet
Diet is everything, when it comes to your health; that goes both inside and out. You may think a diet that consists entirely of fast food and frozen products doesn’t have visible effects, but it does – in your skin, hair, nails, etc. If you eat healthier, you’ll be healthier, and look healthier. It makes sense, right? But what does “healthy” mean in this context? Superfoods, foods rich in vitamins, protein, and minerals, as well as magnesium, zinc, iron, etc. Don’t forget about your water intake! Drinking water is very important for your overall health, but it also contributes to hair growth, so stay on top of that recommended 2 litres.
Extra tip: If you find it difficult to just switch to a new diet overnight, don’t worry. You can do it gradually, and introduce healthier foods to replace old staples from time to time. You’ll notice you’ll start to look and feel better and your hair will stop falling.
3. Careful haircare
Some of us are guilty of neglecting our hair, especially in times of stress. It’s a well-known fact that stress leads to hair loss, so it’s all the more important to take extra good care of your mane in times like that. Invest in a quality shampoo and conditioner combo, but don’t limit yourself to that. Use a leave-in conditioner a couple of times a week, and a mask a few times a month. If you don’t want to opt for professional products, you can get away with using something like olive or coconut oil – they’re extremely nourishing and they won’t break the bank. In fact, all you really need is to cover your hair in oil, wrap it, and then keep it overnight. Your hair will be visibly shinier and healthier.
Extra tip: Make sure to give it a good wash and several rinses after an oil treatment, as the residue can be difficult to remove.
4. Regular scalp massages
Some don’t believe in scalp massages, but it’s all about stimulating the scalp and the root of the hair. You see, when you massage your scalp, you stimulate blood flow, which, in turn, helps stimulate hair growth. You can use your fingers, or one of those special scalp-massagers, if you prefer.
Extra tip: Have reasonable expectations; you won’t suddenly turn into Rapunzel, but your hair will grow faster. Keep in mind the fact that you will still need to have patience.
5. Limited exposure to heat
Heat is by far, one of the most damaging factors for our hair. The heat damage can cause your hair to be dry and brittle, especially your ends. In time, the ends of your hair will split, break, get knotted and caught in your hair brush, etc. Not to mention the fact that hair that is regularly heat-treated tends to lose shine. Abstaining from heat won’t stimulate growth, but it will help you hold onto the growth you already have, without damaging it any further.
Extra tip: If you do use heat on your hair (including a hair dryer), never forget heat protectant. Now, there are more options than ever, and everyone makes them, from high-street to high-end companies. It usually comes in a spray bottle, so it’s easy to quickly spritz in your hair before you apply heat.
6. Reduced strain
When we say “strain”, we typically refer to physical strain exercised on the hair, such as tying it up, pulling on it constantly, brushing it carelessly, without trying to detangle it, etc. Basically, anything that may force your hair in any way or prevents it from being as healthy as it should be counts as a strain. What does that mean? Hold off on the pony tails, braids, or complicated hair-dos; especially if you tend to tie your hair very tightly. Instead, allow it to take it easy for a while, and just let it be. During night time, particularly, the hair should be let loose.
On top of that, mental, emotional, and psychological stress also takes a huge toll on your hair. Personal anxieties, work-related stress, family drama, relationship problems, fights with your friends – they can all contribute to the poor state of your hair. Not because you’re pulling your hair out, but because there’s an imbalance in your system. The best thing you can do for your health and your hair is to relax and try not to let things get to you.
Extra tip: Try using a scrunchy instead of a normal hair elastic. Scrunchys are much gentler on your hair and won’t leave a dent, or put strain on your already sensitive mane.