Temporary hair loss will happen to an estimated 50% of all women at some point in their lives. But there are actions you can take to treat hair loss and prevent excessive hair shedding. Follow these tips to stop thinning hair.
Temporary hair loss happens to 30 million U.S. women due to a number of factors such as hormonal fluctuations (i.e. post-pregnancy, and before, during or after menopause), periods of high stress, extreme changes in diet or vitamin deficiencies, and overstyling or excessive heat-styling.
3 Tips to Stop Thinning Hair
Shampoo, hair styling and thinning hair
Though it’s in style right now to warn against shampooing every day, hair sheds at the same pace whether you wash daily or not. (Those hairs in your drain will fall out eventually anyway.) In fact, cleansing the scalp regularly removes oils, dirt and sebum that build up, creating the ideal environment for healthy hair growth. Just be sure you use a gentle shampoo and gently towel dry to minimize breakage. Only heat-style hair every 1-2 days with flat irons, curling irons and blow-dryers to protect thinning hair. Keep heat tools below 400°F because when hair is heated above that temperature it can break down the keratin in hair, causing more damage.
Eat right for your hair
It’s such a common story: you get caught up in a new diet, encouraged by your weight loss results. But after a few weeks, you find you’re sluggish and your hair and nails pay the price. Because our hair and nails are “non-essential” body parts, they are among the last parts to receive nourishment from the foods we eat. Add a sudden, extreme change in diet and you have a recipe for tired, dry and aged hair and nails. Take care of hair and nails from the inside by getting enough lean proteins (especially fish, seafood and other marine proteins), vitamin C (bell peppers, citrus fruits, dark leafy greens and strawberries) and biotin (eggs, nuts and whole wheat). Supplement any deficiencies in your diet with a good hair growth supplement complete with these and other hair growth vitamins.
Keep calm and stop thinning hair
Stress is an almost constant presence in most women’s lives. We feel the need to multi-task and meet the needs of our families, friends, partners, children and jobs. If we feel we’re not measuring up at home and at work, that emotional stress can cause physiological stress, taking a physical toll on the condition of our hair, skin and nails. In fact, extreme stress can actually cause more of the hair than normal to enter the resting (telogen) phase. When the telogen phase ends after 3 months, many more hairs will shed than normal. Although major life events and stressors are unavoidable, try to minimize your physical reactions to them. Get enough sleep. Get regular exercise to improve your mood and strengthen your body’s physical reactions to stress. Try writing your feelings in a journal, talking to a trusted friend, or meditating to vent your worries and ease them. When we feel less impacted by stress it improves our health, sense of well-being, and yes, appearance. Avoid stress to help stop thinning hair.
These 3 top tips will help you stop thinning hair and minimize the effects of temporary hair loss. Though there are scalp treatments for thinning hair, the best way to stop thinning hair, treat temporary hair loss, and minimize hair shedding is to reduce heat styling, stress, and eat a diet with the right balance of hair vitamins and minerals.