Hair Loss and How to Prevent It.
Thinning hair is something most of us experience in our later years. For some it comes earlier than for others. Knowing your hereditary factors is important. But even if your forbears had hair loss to the point of balding, there are efforts you can make to prevent it happening to you. At the very least, you can delay hair loss and minimize it.
Hydration is important for your hair as well as the rest of your body. Keep pure water readily available throughout the day.
Do those sugary foods and high fat or fried foods damage your hair? Yes, they have the same detrimental effect on your hair as on your overall health. You need to put in good “fuel” in order for your body’s systems to run well. High sugar and saturated fats lead to a breakdown of your bodily organs’ abilities to maintain health. Healthy hair cannot be built by your body unless you provide the necessary building blocks of protein and calcium.
Especially in winter, our homes tend to be dry. To keep your hair and scalp from becoming dry and itchy–which contributes to hair loss–massage a little jojoba oil into your scalp daily. Use a shampoo designed for dry hair. If psoriasis causes dryness and flaking, use a medicated shampoo to remedy it. If the over-the-counter product does not work, ask your doctor for a stronger prescription medication. The condition of your scalp is the key to hair loss and its prevention.
Brushing or combing your hair can help stimulate hair follicles, leading to growth, but do it gently, not pulling and stressing the hair.
Exercise helps get rid of stress, as well as increasing blood circulation and helping the lymph system remove toxins from the body. Everyone knows exercise is important, but few associate it with overcoming hair loss. Yet it is directly related.
The other key routine is to get regular sleep for eight hours every night. Sleep is the great relaxing and renovating part of our day. We are all tempted to shortchange sleep because of our busy lives. But lack of sleep contributes to hair loss, as well as overall poor health.
Avoid hair styling or treatments that apply heat or dyes to the hair. These work against healthy hair and contribute to hair loss, broken hair and split ends. Take time to let your hair dry in the air, or use a hair dryer on low heat, not high heat.
Look at the labels of the hair products you buy. If they contain chemicals such as sulfates or alcohol, these can damage your hair. Find organic hair products. A long list of chemicals you can’t pronounce on a product label is not a good sign.
If you have stress in your life, from work or family, develop a meditation or relaxation technique that relieves stress and leaves you feeling relaxed and well. Practice this daily. If you relax in this way before bedtime, you will experience deeper and more restful sleep. It may not be obvious that this affects hair loss, but studies show that it does.
Remember, what is healthy for your overall health also affects hair loss. A healthy life style is the key to preventing hair loss.