Are you losing too much hair?
It is normal to lose 100 to 150 strands every day as part of the hair growth cycle.
Normal Hair cycle:
Growing phase (4.5 years) → Resting phase (4 months) → Hair falls out
At any given time about 90% of your hair is in a growing phase (and each hair grows for 4 to 5 years). Then the hair goes into resting phase and falls out, and is replaced by a new hair.
But if you see more and more hair falling as you comb, or notice excessive amounts on your shower floor, then its time to take a closer look at various factors – such as your diet, products you are putting in your head – that may be contributing to hair loss.
Although there is no magic pill to cure hair loss, there are many ways to prevent it and regrow your lost hair. Here are simple and effective tips to prevent hair loss and maintain healthy hair.
Stress affects all of your body, and your hair is no exception. Never-ending stress can cause a disproportionate number of hair to go into resting phase at the same time. And this leads to large clumps of hair coming out all at once.
The good news is that stress related hair loss is usually temporary, as long as the stress event is temporary 😉
What to do: For healthy locks find time to relax. Engage yourself in stress-busting activities like yoga, walking in nature, gardening, meditation. You can also talk to a friend, family or seek professional support.
Wearing styles that require tight pulling – tight ponytails, braids, corn-rows – can pull out hair by the roots and cause hair loss. It can also lead to condition called traction alopecia, a form of hair loss which is caused by constant pulling of hair. In long-term your hair might permanently stop growing from areas it is pulled most from, causing a bald patch.
What to do: Change your hairstyle and your hair will recover.
All work and no play makes your hair dull and thin. How does exercise help ?
1. Exercise increases blood flow to your scalp, bringing with it essential nutrients required for hair growth.
2. When you exercise you sweat and that unclogs the hair follicles, giving space for new hair to grow.
What to do: If you desire thick beautiful hair go for a walk, dance, cycle, play, run, do yoga, cardio or whatever you enjoy. Get up and get moving!
Shampoo, conditioner, hair serum may contain harsh chemicals such as propylene glycol, isopropyl alcohol, methylisothiazolinone, phthalates, artificial colour, artificial fragrance (also known as “parfum”), parabens, etc. These synthetic chemicals can cause allergic reaction, skin irritation, itchy scalp and hair loss.
What to do: Learn to read the labels and buy products containing safer and natural ingredients. If you are unsure about any ingredient check its safety at www.ewg.org
Also stick to traditional hair care practices. So instead of using a conditioner, pre-condition your hair using incredibly nourishing oils such as coconut, almond, sesame, olive.
Your hair will love you for going natural!
Bollywood actress Rekha had said in an interview ‘ I will die but not dye my hair’
Harsh chemicals in the synthetic hair dyes – such as ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, p-phenylenediamine – can cause hair damage, brittleness and scalp irritation. Repeated exposure to hair can also harm the hair follicles, potentially resulting in thinning and hair loss.
What to do: For healthy hair and scalp use plant-based dyes such as henna, bhringraj, amla, indigo. From dark brown to red, they produce natural and gorgeous hair tints
We need iron to produce red blood cells, which carries oxygen around the body.
Iron deficiency = less oxygen to the body tissues (including your scalp).
This starves the hair follicles, causing gradual hair loss.
What to do: Eat foods that are high in iron such as lentils (dals), beans, green leafy vegetables, nuts, meat. Check with your doctor or nutritionist to determine for sure if you have iron deficiency anaemia and follow their advice.
Massaging improves scalp circulation, nourishing the hair from the roots and drain away any toxins that gather in your scalp. It also helps to spread natural oils of your scalp along the whole length of the hair. This conditions and protects your hair right to the tips.
What to do: Give yourself a nice head massage at least once a week. And you may just stimulate those dormant hair follicles and get that hair growing again. The best oils for hair loss are coconut, sunflower, olive, ghee, flaxseed, evening primrose, avocado, jojoba and castor (diluted with another oil).
Do not harm your hair and it will last longer. The idea is to be gentle and kinder with your hair.
Note: Seek professional advice if you have any concerns. Always consult your doctor or nutritionist before starting any new medication or supplements.