5 Healthy Habits to Reduce Hair Loss
The importance of changing a lifestyle
Some types of hair loss can be easily treated by just making some changes to your diet, health, and lifestyle. These approaches work best for hair loss that is caused by telogen effluvium, stress, trauma to the hair from hair styling, and/or dietary deficiencies.
Lack of Essential Nutrients
1. Change your hair-styling habits
Hairstyles that involve tightly bound hair such as braids, buns, or ponytails can be very damaging to your hair. Be gentle when you wash or brush your hair and using a wide-toothed comb, if necessary, to prevent needlessly pulling at the roots of your hair. Avoid hot rollers, curling and straightening irons, hot oil treatments, bleaching, and any other chemical processes, especially when they are not used by a trained professional.
2. Pay attention to your nutrition
Pay attention to what and how much you are eating. By eating a variety of whole foods that are filled with the necessary vitamins and minerals, you will be better able to fuel your body as well as the areas responsible for hair regrowth. If you suspect that you may be lacking in certain vitamins, it is a good idea to visit your doctor and get a blood test to be sure that everything is within normal limits. It is also wise to address any other dietary issues such as an eating disorder or health condition that may be responsible for a lack of essential nutrients.
Some people believe that acupuncture may help restore hair loss that is caused by alopecia areata. The theory is that the needles that are inserted into the scalp may help stimulate hair follicles and therefore promote regrowth. More research and evidence is necessary in this area. But there is no harm in trying this method of treatment to see if it does result in some hair growth.
Types of Hair Loss
4. Iron and zinc
Research has shown that iron or zinc deficiencies may be responsible for some types of hair loss and that with proper supplementation, it is possible to reverse the effects for a number of hair loss conditions such as alopecia areata. A blood test will also be able to show your iron and zinc levels as well as whether you are lacking them. It is important to seek the professional advice of a doctor and have them confirm whether or not you need to use supplements to restore your iron or zinc levels to their healthy levels.
5. Stress management
Stress can come on suddenly and unexpectedly. It is responsible for many negative effects on our health and life. You may be able to manage certain types of ongoing stress in your life with exercise or prayer.
Some researchers believe that the use of these alternative techniques can be effective in reversing hair loss. The idea is that by regulating blood sugar and enhancing circulation, you can promote hair growth.
A few types of hair loss conditions are responsible for temporary hair loss and will go away without any treatments or by just making some simple lifestyle changes. Other types may be signs of potential and irreversible loss. Most types of hair loss will respond well to the proper treatments to manage hair loss and stimulate regrowth. So starting sooner rather than later is the best advice.
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