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
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.
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!