Hair loss can be a nightmare that leads a person’s loss in self confidence and some go to the extend of even considering hair loss to be a form of deformity. Statistically, there are more balding men and women with thinning hair than there were fifty years ago. Eating habits, sleep patterns, physical exercise have all undergone a drastic change. Losing hair, with the exception of genetic, can be prevented and these 5 steps that I recommend to all my clients after their hair surgery with us can apply to anyone with hair loss condition:
Most people lead stressful lives with a day crammed with activities, the urge to accomplish a lot in a short period of time, being part of the race to the top of the ladder, material aspirations and the need to be ahead in every aspect of life. During a phase of extreme stress, around 70% of the hair in various phases of growth, enters the resting phase, which would normally take a few more months. Within three months the hair in the resting phase fall off, and this reveals a massive loss of hair. This is combined with no new growth of hair and a thinning of hair becomes evident.
Exercise leads to sweating from all pores in the body, and sweat helps to pull out all the dirt and grime stuck in the hair follicles. This helps in retaining hair that may otherwise fall prematurely. Exercise could include jogging, swimming, walking, running, pushups, yoga or aerobic exercises.
Hair on the rest of the body is insignificant and it is only those on the scalp that cause concern when they fall. Problems on the scalp like dandruff, dry and flak, dry and flak skin, clogged follicles, oily skin and many other problems lead to hair loss. Nourishing the scalp will help in improving hair growth, and one effective method is by massaging the scalp. Massage simply involves kneading and rubbing the skin on the head, putting pressure with fingertips to improve blood circulation. The result is better hair growth prospects.
People have busy lives with 20 hour work days. This implies that the only way they can complete a day’s work is by cutting down on sleep, and often making do with 4-6 hours of sleep. This leads to accumulated fatigue, irritability, loss of a feeling of well being and above all, inability of the body to repair, restore and recharge. Growth hormones are released only during sleep and without this, hair growth and hair health also gets affected. Hence for hair to grow from the follicles once the old ones have fallen, adequate amounts of sleep become important.
Diet & Shampoo
What we eat has a direct effect on hair growth. The body needs foods rich in proteins, vitamins, sulfur, fatty acids and iron (hint: get health supplements), while cutting down on the intake of caffeine, fat, aerated drinks, sugar and alcohol.
Use milder shampoos and lukewarm water instead of very hot water for the hair. A mild shampoo will help to keep hair clean and devoid of strong chemicals it will neither harm the scalp nor the hair. This can create the right conditions for hair growth to resume after sometime.
If you were born with fine, thin hair, you’ll never have rope-thick tresses — no matter what you eat — but a well-balanced diet that includes plenty of growth-promoting protein and iron can make a difference, say nutrition and hair experts. (Top 10 Foods for Healthy Hair – Good Housekeeping)