I’m not losing my hair, (thankfully I have no bald spots) but just a few years ago my hair began shedding at an alarming rate-I had hair fall. I’d put on a shirt and in a few minutes fallen hair would cover my shoulders. (This was especially noticeable when I wore my signature black jacket.) After some research, I found that to stop hair fall, I had to make a few changes to my beauty routine. Are you noticing that your brush or comb seems full of hair too frequently? It’s normal to shed about 100 hairs a day but significant shedding could result in embarrassing hair fall and eventually hair loss.
Hair Fall Triggers
As I mentioned, my hair fall onset came when I turned 40; however, age isn’t always the culprit. Here are some common reasons for annoying hair fall.
- A diet lacking in nutrients can trigger hair loss.
- Too many chemicals in your hair products will make your hair fall out.
- Excessive hormonal imbalance brings a whole host of problems, including thinning hair.
- Some medications and supplements can cause hair fall.
- Falling hair can be due to stress.
- Tight ponytails can cause you to lose some hair.
About Your Combs
The first trick for stopping hair fall is to use the right comb when detangling wet hair. A wide-tooth comb is ideal because it will reduce hair breakage. If at all possible, do not comb hair when it is wet. Also, when drying your hair, squeeze the water out with a towel, don’t rub it vigorously. Keep your comb clean-you should wash it weekly. A dirty comb can make a hair fall problem worse.
Reach for the Hot Oil
Invest in some natural hot oil treatments and use them bi-weekly. Oils like coconut, olive and jojoba oils when massaged into the scalp will encourage new hair growth and slow down hair fall. Warm a small amount of oil in a cup and apply the warmed oil to your scalp. (When I do this, I put on a shower cap to protect my clothing.) After an hour, I shampoo my hair and allow my hair to air dry.
Use Good Shampoos
Avoid hair products, especially shampoo that contains parabens, silicone or sulfates. These will damage your scalp and weaken your hair. Try natural shampoos with conditioners instead. You may have to give up the ultra-sudsy formulas and opt for shampoos that balance pH. When possible, wait a few days before washing your hair. Daily hair washing will hasten hair fall.
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