From hormone imbalances to crash diets, there are many things that may trigger hair loss in women.
If you’ve been shedding hair, don’t worry.
Read on to learn 10 tips for how to stop hair shedding. You might be surprised- it’s not what you think!
1. Find the Root Cause (Pun Intended)
If you are noticing that you are losing a lot of hair all of a sudden, don’t dash to the store to stock up on beauty products.
If it’s been less than a few weeks, you should wait a bit longer before you assume there’s a problem. In fact, humans tend to shed hair most in autumn. Thank our caveman ancestors for that one.
If your hair loss equals more than approximately 100 hairs a day and has been going on for several weeks, it’s time to investigate.
The first thing you should do is think about the past 6 months. Have there been any big lifestyle changes?
Have you started taking or stopped taking a new medicine? Did your diet change? Has your period changed in any way?
Hair loss is a symptom of many medical conditions such as an autoimmune disorder. Book an appointment with your doctor to get to the bottom of what’s causing your excessive hair shedding.
2. Add More Protein to Your Diet
Women often don’t get an adequate amount of protein each day. And this can affect hair loss.
When your body is undernourished (and yes, protein deficiency counts) you may suffer from nutritional hair loss.
Women need at least 46 grams of protein a day. Keep in mind that this is the minimum! Most women need more for optimal health, especially if they are active.
If you are getting this much and still are losing hair, up your protein for a couple of weeks to see if it makes a difference.
3. Use the Right Shampoo
If you’ve recently changed shampoos and now you are noticing increased hair loss, it’s probably the shampoo.
Not everyone reacts well to a particular kind of shampoo. Choose one that is nourishing and gentle for your locks and scalp.
4. Use Conditioner
Conditioner is vital for keeping your hair hydrated. Without it, your hair will become brittle and dehydrated.
Plus, conditioner makes your hair easier to comb. This means that you won’t have to tug as hard to get the tangles out.
Look for conditioners that contain the moisturizing ingredient glycerin for silky locks.
5. Don’t Neglect Your Scalp
Your scalp is directly related to how healthy your hair is.
A clean and hydrated scalp leads to healthy hair follicles. Healthy follicles are less likely to drop their hair.
In the shower, make sure you take the time to work the shampoo and conditioner into your scalp. Think of how good it feels when you get a wash at the salon. Try to give your scalp that level of care at home.
Hair shedding is sometimes caused by dandruff. If you see dandruff on your hair or shirt, buy a shampoo that has zinc pyrithione. This is the ingredient that prevents dandruff.
6. Drink Enough Water
By now you’re starting to see that healthy hair is all about hydration. So that means that you must up how much water you drink.
Aim for at least 2 liters of water or eight 8-ounce glasses each day.
If you aren’t getting enough water each day your tissue growth is stunted. You might be surprised to learn that your hair shaft is mostly made up of water.
Avoid soda an sugary drinks and instead sip on cool, refreshing water. Go ahead and add a twist of lime or some berries if it means you’ll drink up.
Get ready to see a lot of improvements to your skin and health by sipping water. Your nails will get stronger, you’ll have radiant skin, and you will stop having cravings.
7. Be Kind to your Hair
This may be the hardest tip for some women to commit to keeping. If you want to stop shedding hair, however, it’s important to listen.
Stop using bleach on your hair to get a certain color. If you want to color your hair, stick to 1-2 shades lighter or darker than your true color.
After you hop out of the shower, gently towel dry your hair. Then, use a wide-toothed comb (not a brush) to lightly get rid of tangles. Don’t pull or tug your hair.
Avoid using heating tools on your hair. These will make your hair roots weak. Take a break from using a flat iron and curling rod for a while.
It’s best to let your hair air dry. But if you can’t, then use your blow dryer on cool or low heat. And avoid blow drying it every day.
Don’t yank your delicate locks into tight ponytails or overly-tight buns. Before you style your hair think about how much stress that style is putting on the scalp.
Check out these 6 cute messy hairstyles that you can do to avoid using irons on your hair.
8. Focus On Inner Calm
Many times, hair loss is due to excess stress. The good news is that regardless of the circumstances of your life, you can control how much stress you experience.
Now would be a good time to start yoga, deep breathing, and meditation practice.
9. Get Sweaty
Regular exercise has so many health benefits you’ve probably heard about. One of them is that sweat unclogs the pores on your scalp. Then the oil and dirt that has built up in those pores can be washed away when you clean your hair.
So there you go! One more reason why you should grab your running shoes and hit the gym.
Not in the mood? Find the motivation to exercise right now.
10. Eat Vitamin-Rich Foods
You need vitamin A for healthy hair. That means loading up on carrots, eggs, and leafy greens. (Cobb salad anyone?)
Vitamin E floods your cells with extra oxygen. Which, you guessed it, means healthier hair. Vitamin E is found in seeds, broccoli, spinach, and vegetable oils.
There are also various minerals that your hair needs to thrive. Iron, Copper, Magnesium, and Calcium are just some of them.
If you don’t think your meals are providing the necessary vitamins, take a daily mineral and vitamin supplement to ensure your body, skin, and hair are getting what they need to be healthy.
Bottom Line on Hair Shedding
We hope you found this article helpful. You’ll notice that most of these tips for how to deal with hair shedding are not about products to buy. That’s because healthy hair starts with how well you treat your body inside and out.
Want your hair to grow? Check out these 7 hair-growing hacks from all over the world.