Hair loss can be an upsetting experience, no matter what stage of your life. Before you try more expensive treatment options, check out these less costly tips that others have tried. Remember, it’s best to talk to a dermatologist before you try any topical treatment options; these tips may not work for everyone!
Here Are a Few Facts About Our Hair
Did you know we are born with all the hair follicles we’ll ever have? Your head alone has about 100,000 strands, and it’s natural to lose about 100 hairs per day! As you age, some follicles stop producing hair, which causes baldness or hair thinning. Research is still exploring how hair growth is regulated at a cellular level in your body, and little is known about the possibility of speeding up hair growth.
How fast your hair grows depends on facts such as:
- If you have certain health conditions
- Your overall health
- Your hair type
- Your age
What Can I Do to Help My Hair Grow?
Avoid Restrictive Eating Habits
Restrictive eating can decrease nutrients and necessary resources needed for hair growth. Since hair growth is a relatively low priority compared to other bodily functions, hair growth is halted quickly when your body is under stress due to restrictive dieting. Hair shedding usually lasts a few more months after a healthy and sustainable diet is resumed.
Check Your Protein Intake
Eating a well-balanced diet with adequate protein intake is necessary for optimal hair growth. Eating at least 50 grams of protein or more daily is generally recommended.
Try Caffeine-Infused Products
We all know that caffeine can give you an energy boost, and its topical use has also been shown to boost hair growth. Caffeine may promote hair growth by stimulating the metabolism and proliferation of the cells. Speak to a dermatologist before trying any topical products!
Boost Your Nutrient Intake
Specific vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids are essential for your overall health and play a key role in providing your body with the energy needed for hair growth. These nutrients can include:
- Omega-3 and Omega-6
- Vitamins C, D, & E
Treat Yourself to a Scalp Massage
It is widely believed that a scalp massage may help dilate blood vessels beneath the skin. This may make thicker, stronger hair less likely to break off or become damaged. A scalp massage can also help promote relaxation and relieve stress. You can get a professional massage or do some self-care and try it at home: Scalp Massage Demonstration.
Cool it With the Hot Tools
The heat from curling irons, hair dryers, and straighteners can damage your hair and cause breakage. While avoiding heat styling altogether may not be an option, you may want to limit how often you use these tools or find heat-free alternatives to styling your hair.
Research shows that chronic stress can lead to hair loss. It may cause your follicles to go into a resting phase, where they shed hair instead of growing new strands. The following are natural ways to reduce stress:
- Eat a healthy diet
- Write in a journal
Chill Out With the Hair Dye
When we dye our hair and change the texture with chemicals, these processes can stress the hair and cause it to break. Permanent dyes can remove the natural fatty acids that make up the hair. These dyes can cause more damage than non-permanent ones.
Prevent Hair Breakage
Hair breakage, dryness, and frizz can occur when the scales that hold the strands together in your inner hair cuticles fall apart. There are a few things you can do to prevent hair breakage:
- Eat a diet rich in hair-strengthening nutrients like iron, zinc, and folic acid
- When towel drying your hair, blotting your hair instead of rubbing it
- Letting your hair air dry instead of using a blow dryer
- Avoid overbrushing
- Use conditioner
Protect Your Hair While You Sleep
You may not think about it, but sleeping can damage your hair. Here are a few tips to help keep your hair healthy:
- Please don’t sleep with wet hair, which can cause breakage and matting.
- Make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Sleeping enough decreases your body’s production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates hair growth.
- Use a silk or satin pillowcase to prevent the friction, tugging, and tangling that can cause hair breakage, especially if you have long hair.
I’ve Tried Everything, but Nothing is Working! Is There a Solution?
We may have a solution if you’ve tried every topical and holistic thing but need help seeing the change! Scalp micropigmentation is an excellent option for those who experience hair loss, and our experienced technicians can help you regain your confidence! Book a free consultation at any of our locations today!