It happens all the time: You take a shower and by the time you’re finished, you have a clump of hair stuck to the wall. (My husband calls it my “bird’s nest.”) Like most women, I’m always losing hair in the shower, when I blow dry it or just going about my day. It’s insanely annoying and I’ve met with my doctor to make sure there’s nothing serious going on. (Thankfully, there’s not.) That said, I did some research to find ways that can help. Many of these are common sense tips, but it’s always good to have a reminder. Here’s what the experts say if you’re experiencing thinning hair and hair loss.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years, it’s that we need to read the labels of our beauty products just like we do food labels. Sulfates are found in most mainstream shampoos and hair products and they are extremely drying to hair and can cause breakage. I’m thinking about trying this Dermachange shampoo and conditioner--it’s vegan, almost totally organic, natural and has good reviews.
This goes without saying, but how many of us really eat a truly balanced diet? If you’re not, your hair could be paying the price. The best foods to help combat hair loss and thinning hair include vegetable oils, flaxseed, walnuts, dark leafy vegetables like kale and spinach, and fish like mackerel and salmon.
This is definitely easier said than done, but it’s a lifesaver. Literally. Not just for your hair, but for YOU! My doctor recently told me, “What is stress? Essentially, it’s inflammation. So if you don’t want to inflame your body, you need to manage your stress.” How do you do that? Engage in activities that help you relax, whether it’s reading, walking, gardening, going to see a movie or deep breathing.
Even though blow-drying is a must for most of us when we’re going out, if you’re worried about thinning hair or hair loss, you really shouldn’t use them more than a few times a week. Instead, let your hair air dry as often as possible. (Quick tip: If you loosely twist your hair into a topknot when it’s partially dry, it comes out bouncy and full of volume.) A fast-drying microfiber towel is a great option for fine and delicate hair.
This is something my doctor recommended for me once I got my blood work done. I was low on iron and vitamin D, which is common with people who follow a vegan diet. Ever since I started taking a multivitamin it has improved my numbers significantly. Make sure to consult your doctor before taking any vitamins. Once you’re good to go, I highly recommend this vegan supplement from Deva, which has proven to work for me.
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