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5 Hair Loss Tips for Women

How common is hair loss in women? It turns out hair thinning and balding affects 40 percent of American women. Typically, adults shed anywhere from 50 to 100 strands a day. However, factors like age, prescription medications, genetics, and stress can multiply shedding and hair loss. Many women don’t even realize how easy it is to accumulate lousy hair habits that adversely affect healthy hair.

If you’re noticing a thinning or receding hairline, don’t panic! We’ve compiled effective tips for restoring your hairline. We address a wide range of the most common hair loss issues affecting adult women; we cover everything from hair maintenance techniques to lifestyle changes.

Pick the right hairstyles

Spring is almost here! Changes in seasons are the perfect time to switch up your hairstyle. We’re not suggesting you shouldn’t experiment with a new look, just be careful. Braids and twists are in this season. Installing braids or cornrows can be extremely detrimental to your hairline. Especially if they are too tight. 

Whether your hair is coarse and kinky, or silky and straight, each strand is delicate. Pull the hair back so it’s secure, but not so tight you can feel it stress your hairline. Avoid styles that tug on fine strands like your hairline. If you are going to throw your hair up into a high ponytail or sleek bun, opt for scrunchies that don’t have metal hardware. Stray hair can get caught in the metal pieces and rip your strands in half while removing it. 

Avoid Heat Styling

Whether your blow-drying, straightening or curling, heat can cause unnecessary damage to the structure of your hair. Genetics determines the shape of each strand.  When you use heat styling tools, you’re essentially breaking down the overall structure of your strands. 

Over time, excessive heat styling can suck the moisture right out of the strands, creating dry, brittle tresses that are susceptible to split ends. Split ends are sneaky. They can start anywhere along the hair shaft, from the root to ends. If not dealt with immediately, they’ll split the entire hair shaft and cause hair to fall out.

We know it can be difficult to avoid the heat altogether. Whenever you decide to plug in your old straightener or flat iron, remember to keep the temperature low. Do a quick touch test. If the heating tool can burn your fingers, it will also burn your hair. Don’t leave the heat in one spot of your hair for too long. Ten seconds should be more than enough time per section.

Avoid Chemical Processing

Experimenting with color too often can destroy strands. The chemicals associated with bleaching and lightening your natural hair color are incredibly potent. The science behind coloring requires strong chemicals to lift the hair shaft, or outermost layer of the hair, which permanently changes the integrity of each strand. Limit the amount of damage and hair loss by working with a professional colorist. 

Switch your Shampoo

Certain shampoos contain harsh cleansers or detergents like sulfates, which strip the hair of moisture and encourage shedding and hair loss. Not to mention the fragrance can cause allergic reactions like contact dermatitis.

Try investing in a DHT blocking shampoo to combat hair thinning. This shampoo will provide the necessary enzymes to block this pesky hormone. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is the primary cause of hair loss in men and women. If you notice your strands are thinning, consider swapping out your regular shampoo.

Change your Diet

Healthy hair starts from the inside out. Feed your hair with vitamins and minerals it needs to thrive. Search for foods that are rich in protein, zinc, iron, and vitamin B12. Nutritionists and hair restoration experts both suggest filling your diet with leafy greens, nuts, and lean meats like salmon. Not only can the right diet revitalize thinning strands, but it can also slim the waistline. If you start incorporating these types of foods into your everyday diet, you will notice an extreme difference in your hair health.

Takeaways

It’s hard not to get frustrated once you spot the first signs of hair loss. The key is to catch it early. Start incorporating a few of our tips to reverse thinning and grow healthier hair. In just a few weeks, you should notice a difference in the overall hair health, texture, and fullness. Trust me, your hair will thank you!