How to Prevent Hair Thinning

Sometimes we try every available remedy yet, hair hopelessly continues to fall making us crazy day by day. Hair fall is a condition that can result due to various reasons like poor appetite, improper sleep, lack of hygiene, hormonal imbalances, excessive use of hair styling products and application of heat and the list goes on.

Let us now look at some fixes that will not only reduce hair fall but also boost the overall health of your tresses.

  1. Loosen the tension: Constantly pulling on your hair and creating tension on your strands – by putting it into tight ponytails, excessively blow-drying it straight with a brush, or wearing extensions without giving you hair a break every few months can permanently damage your hair follicles and actually cause hair loss or traction alopecia (as it’s medically termed). Women with thinning hair should choose looser styles rather than tight updos all the time and to opt for a brushless blow-dry first before styling, both of which give hair a break from styling practices that can thin strands out even more.
  2. Seek professional treatment: If you keep losing more than 100 strands per day (disrupting the anagen – telogen ratio), you should seek hair thinning medical treatments. Sometimes, hair fall and thinning is a consequence of medical conditions like thyroid problems, dramatic weight loss or gain, and anemia. Even when you bleed heavy in menstrual cycles, it can contribute to brittle, fragile hair from losing too much iron. Any kind of hormonal balance dictates how your body is working in general. With age the body keep changing constantly, so you want to be in tune to what’s happening. A medical professional will analyse your diet, examine hormonal levels, discuss matters that cause you stress and recommend food products and supplements that will cut down the number of strands that fall off your head.
  3. Eat a healthy and nutritious diet: Whatever you eat and how often largely affects the health and quality of your hair. Human body needs constant fuel in the form of essential fatty acids, lean protein, B-vitamins, and minerals such as zinc, iron and selenium to grow healthy hair. But don’t expect immediate results to show the moment you start to load up on nutrients important for healthy hair. The results could take longer to show. Be persistent with healthy eating. Hair is built from the inside out so a healthy body is important for healthy hair – but it will take time if you haven’t been getting enough of those nutrients for a while.
  4. Avoid too much of chemical products: If your hair has suddenly started to behave abnormal, the answer lies in the products you use. Whenever you buy a new shampoo or a conditioner or any styling product, check the label of ingredients on the back side! The logic is simple. If you see too much chemical-ish names e.g sulfates, silicone, paraben, the chances are that the product isn’t really safe. Also, choose products that mention natural ingredients like Aloe vera, Amla (Emblica officinalis), lavender or any other herb. The more natural… the better.
  5. Know your family history: Heredity also plays a role in hair loss. You could be prone to thinning hair just based on genetics alone. A good way to find out whether or not you might see signs of thinning is by studying your family tree from both the maternal and paternal side. If you discover a pattern of hair loss or balding, see a trichologist (an expert who specializes in hair and scalp health) about what you can do to prevent the symptoms with supplements, diet changes, or laser therapy treatment that could help rev hair growth.