Baldness? Thinning Hair? Tips To Prevent Hair Loss

Lock those Locks from Loss!

hair lossLosing a bunch of hair strands every day gives nightmarish dreams to young men and women. After all, baldness is not aesthetic, especially for women.  Women consider their hair, not only as a prized possession but an inseparable part of their personality. For men too, hair loss can create a loss of self-esteem, if people mock their bald head.  Men experience the typical baldness pattern which appears in the form of a receding hairline. Women do not experience complete baldness (unless they are suffering from Alopecia), but display hair thinning.

Common Causes of Hair Loss

Hair loss could be due to genetics, excessive use of hair colors, hair straighteners, hair styling, harmful shampoos, antibiotics, steroids, faulty hair care regimen and/or ageing.  Hair loss due to ageing is common, but what scares people is premature hair loss.  If your hair loss is a cause of genetics, then it may not be completely reversible but can be managed with proper nutrition and care. Many men suffer from a hereditary loss of hair termed androgenetic alopecia. This occurs in young men. It is an autoimmune disease and may be chronic or intermittent.

Can Supplements Help Prevent Hair Loss?

A diet deficient in proteins, vitamin A, vitamin B, selenium and zinc causes significant hair loss.  It also damages the quality of the existing hair making them dry, brittle and dull. Foods like whole grains, carrots, papayas, oysters, bananas, eggs, meat and nuts all promote hair growth. In addition to good nutrition, remain well hydrated for good hair texture. At times, it is also advised to take supplements to promote hair growth. Viviscal is quite popular with people as a natural food supplement that effectively fights hair loss, balding and thinning.

Hair styling must be done occasionally. Frequent rounds of hair straightening and perming damage the protein structure of your hair strands. This damage is irreversible and hampers further hair growth. Hairstyles that are very tight and restrict blood flow to the roots stall hair growth.  For women with longer hair, while travelling, ensure that you protect your hair by enclosing it in a bun or pony tail. Also remember to cover your hair using a scarf or a hat to avoid exposure to extreme sunlight and pollution.  Do not comb harshly and use a wide-toothed comb to avoid hair breakage.  Comb your hair at regular intervals to promote blood circulation.

Organic Hair Products Can Help Too

Always use organic products or minimize the use of chemical shampoos. Chemical shampoos contain SLS (Sodium lauryl sulphate) or SLES (Sodium laureth sulphate), parabens, phthalates and other harmful substances. These have an extremely alkaline pH that causes hair loss. Organic shampoos are rich in plant and nut oils leaving your hair soft and voluminous. Burt’s Bees and Avalon are good organic brands of shampoo and conditioner.

Refrain from excessive use of antibiotics and steroids as they cause hair thinning or even significant hair loss. Hair color should be used sparingly and only of trusted brands like L’Oreal, Viviscal, Schwarzkopf and Garnier. Avoid use of hair dryers as they can severely spoil your hair. Gooseberry, almond oil and coconut oil massages are the best for your hair.

Never take dandruff and split ends lightly. Dandruff can cause hair loss. Split ends too cause hair breakage. Hence, see to it that your hair is free of those white flakes.  Curd and lemon paste applied to your hair is the best home remedy for flaking scalp. And most importantly, don’t take stress on your head. Only hair looks good on your head.

So, treat you hair as tenderly as you would do to your other precious assets.

This is a guest post by author Roger Jennings who likes to write about Health/Beauty and thinks that taking care of your Hair is as important as any other part of your body. He believes that a natural food supplement like Viviscal helps delay the hair loss process or even prevents it from occurring.