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The head is the only part of our bodies where we don’t mind experiencing excess hair growth. In fact, this is the place where we expect it to happen, more than anywhere else. Alas, oftentimes we get threadlike strands in every other area but the crown. The ironies of life. Unless you have a specific health condition that keeps you from obtaining the tresses you daydream about, you can do a few things to prevent hair loss naturally. Sit back and read on to learn what they are.

What Are The Reasons For Hair Loss?

First off, let’s dissect the stuff that causes your thick locks to fall.

Genes

In the first place, it could be a hereditary issue. Baldness can be passed down in the family. Therefore, if your mother or father suffer from specific medical conditions that result in hair thinning or loss, you are likely to get it too. Of course, the presence of a disease in the genes doesn’t necessarily mean that you will develop it too. It just means that your chances of suffering from it are higher than they would be if your parents or grandparents didn’t have it.

Lack of nutrition 

Nowadays, we are bombarded with low-quality food that has no nutritional value. The modern diet does not offer all the nutrients we necessitate on the regular. Hence, you can inadvertently deprive your body of certain vitamins and minerals that are vital for your hair.

Changes in the Body

Additionally, hormonal imbalance may weaken the roots and make your hair follicles more sensitive. Hyperthyroid, hypothyroid, ovarian cyst and menopause all change the way your body functions, which can negatively impact your tresses. And sometimes hair shaft abnormalities can make the strands vulnerable to breaking.

Medications

Some medications cause hair loss as a side effect. These include birth control pills, antidepressants, high blood pressure pills, chemotherapy drugs, and anticoagulants. When you stop taking them, the problem will resolve on its own.

The good news is that some of these conditions have an easy fix, however, others are more serious and might call for a transplant, such as follicular unit extraction (FUE). If your problem is not that worrying, so to say, then read on to figure out what measures you can take to battle falling hair.

What Can Be Done To Prevent Hair Loss Naturally?

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Here is how to stop hair fall with some home remedies and general tips.

Don’t Shampoo Way Too Often

While it is important to remove oil, dirt, and dust from your hair, running your scalp under water more than three times a week may result in hair loss. You want to use a gentle product that is free of parabens and sulphates which can be too harsh on your skin and cause brittle hair.

Avoid Chemical Treatments

Many people, women especially, love colouring their tresses and that’s okay. What’s the fun of having hair if you can’t do stuff with it like paint it or wear a ponytail? However, if you have been putting it through excessive chemical procedures, you need to stop now or you risk doing severe damage to it.

Stay Away From Excessive Blow Drying

Before you reach for the blow dryer, make sure you’ve given your hair enough time to air dry until it’s half wet. Stick with the lowest settings for heat and speed. This will minimise the damage you do to the follicles all the while obtaining the desired results. 

Don’t Towel Dry

We hope you don’t get this wrong - it’s okay to towel dry as long as you do it the right way. Instead of rubbing your hair vigorously with a towel, try to squeeze the excess water out gently. Work in small sections and when you go over the entire scalp, let your mane dry naturally.

Eat Well

In most cases, it’s not enough to just treat your hair on the outside, nourishing it from within is equally important. Your menu should include spinach, cinnamon, Greek yoghurt, salmon, lean poultry, guava, sweet potatoes, oysters and eggs. Furthermore, you should definitely increase your water intake and eat more veggies and fruits. Cut down on fizzy drinks.

Supplement

If the dietary changes you undertake do not help to reverse thinning hair, you can try supplementing. What are the vitamins and minerals that your mane needs to grow back bigger and stronger? 

As a whole, you can take B vitamins, of which B7 (biotin) is the most essential for hair growth. Other nutrients include zinc, iron, vitamins E, C, D, and A. You also need protein as each strand is made of it. So, what a better way to stimulate growth than adding some extra of the basic building block to your scalp?

Use Home Remedies for Healthy Hair

  • Stick with aloe vera. It comes with proteolytic enzymes that help repair the scalp, act as a conditioner, and promote growth. Make a concoction of one cup of aloe vera gel, two tablespoons of ginger-garlic juice, and two tablespoons of olive oil. Apply to your scalp and let sit for about 30 minutes, then wash your hair with shampoo.
  • Try green tea. It contains vitamin B and anti-oxidants, helping to strengthen hair roots and controlling split ends. The magic drink also prevents baldness by blocking a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is the main culprit for baldness. Boil one cup of water, adding two bags of green tea to it, wait for it to cool down, then rinse your hair with it. You want to clean and moisten your head beforehand.
  • Add rosemary essential oil to your hair before you go to bed, put a shower cap and leave it on overnight. Wash off on the next day.
  • Go for coconut oil. Add some to your fingers and run them through your scalp. Using gentle circular motions, distribute the oil across all areas. Alternatively, you can start from the front and slowly work your way to the back, stroking your head as you go. Do this for about a minute and then change the rotation of the stroking motion. Start at the back and go into a forward direction. Don’t ignore the lower part of the scalp - flip your head over and continue the massage. This will encourage blood flow in that area. Next up, coat the rest of your hair with coconut oil. Let it work its magic for 30 minutes or so and then shampoo the hair. Scalp massage increases blood circulation and promotes hair growth.

Don’t Wear Tight Buns or Ponytails for too Long

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This may come as a surprise, but keeping your hair up all the time might lead to a receding hairline. Here are a few tips for those of you who frequently wear ponytails and buns:

  • Alternate tight styles with loose ones throughout the week.
  • Put your hair in a loose ponytail on the nape of your neck.
  • Use a more elastic band so that it doesn’t put as much stress on the roots as it usually does.
  • When you pull your hair back, make sure it is positioned no higher than your ears.
  • Avoid wearing headbands repeatedly.

Resort to Yoga

What does yoga have to do with your hair, you would ask? Well, stress can be the biggest cause of a number of health conditions, including hair loss. By managing the tension and pressure that circulate in your life, you can positively affect your mane and your whole body as well. Yoga is deemed to have a calming influence on people. Not only does it improve balance and flexibility, but it can reduce stress as well.

Final Thoughts

Experiencing hair loss can be frustrating and discouraging. When it’s not caused by a hereditary condition or hormonal changes, it can be affected positively with a bunch of tricks and remedies. However, in order to treat the condition properly, you need to know what’s really going on. Receiving the right diagnosis will help you get to the root of the problem and act accordingly.
 


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