Waking up with a few broken hairs on your pillow or finding a few stray hairs at the bottom of your shower is perfectly normal. It’s a fact of life: We all shed.
Luckily, there are many things you can do in your day-to-day routine to help maintain your flowing locks.
Improve Your Diet
Getting the right vitamins and nutrients in your diet can help keep your hair healthy. Some nutrients that you might want that can help improve hair strength include:
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin B3 (also known as Niacin)
- Omega 3’s
As with most healthy diet recommendations, choices with an abundance of these nutrients include fish, nuts, and vegetables. While it’s always ideal to get nutrients through a healthy diet when you can, there are many supplements that can also help you get your daily dose of these essential vitamins and minerals.
Be Mindful of Your Hairstyles
Certain hairstyles may look great, but they can also put unnecessary strain on your hair and cause excessive breakage. Some tight braids and ponytails (or any other style that pulls on the scalp) can lead to shedding. If you have longer hair, consider leaving it down a few days a week or opt for looser styles when possible. Replacing hair elastics with large hair clips can also help you pull hair away from your face without damaging the hair shaft.
Use Gentle Hair Products
Shampoos and conditioners with harsh ingredients, like sulfates, can dry out your hair and cause breakage. Be mindful of the hair care products that you use. Chemical treatments can also be highly damaging to your hair and ultimately lead to excessive loss. If you dye or color-treat your hair regularly, consider opting for a more subtle style, or asking your hairstylist to use organic or gentler products.
Skip the Heat
Do you regularly use a hairdryer, hair straightener, curling iron, or other styling tools in your day-to-day routine? Heat styling can weaken the hair shaft and cause breakage. Consider going au naturale more regularly. When you do want to use a hairdryer, apply a heat-protecting product that coats the hair shaft in a protective layer.
You should also consider using the cool setting to finish off your style after your hair is around 85% dry. This will reduce the amount of time that you’re exposing your hair to damaging heat.
There are many anecdotal accounts of silk pillowcases reducing the hair loss that occurs when sleeping. When you’re tossing and turning in your bed, hair can get caught and break off on your pillowcase. Silk pillowcases have some slip and allow your scalp to slide around, preventing the catching that can occur on normal pillowcases. It also has the extra benefit of reducing post-sleep wrinkles that remain on your face in the morning.
Being stressed for extended periods of time has been shown to lead to increased hair loss. To help yourself loosen up, consider adopting some healthy habits like attending yoga classes, meditating, or adopting a regular exercise routine.
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While there are many measures you can take to prevent hair loss, no number of lifestyle changes can prevent baldness or more dramatic forms of hair thinning. Luckily, there are many surgical and non-surgical solutions to help restore your hair, including hair transplants, home laser caps, injections, or topical solutions.
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