Facts Checked By Freewill Beauty Experts - Written by Nancy Agrahari (Journalist) on 15th Oct 2020
Things You Can Do To Prevent Hair Loss
Everyday life can be a constant struggle. Right from the moment, we wake up to us coming back home. It is a mess out there! The battle doesn't end here. Looking good comes with a price tag too! From dry hair from pollution to uncontrollable hair fall, we all have faced hair fall.
Experiencing hair loss can be because of several reasons.
You could be using many products to protect your hair from the harmful UV rays of the sun and pollution.
To protect your hair from further damage and loss, we have brought you a simple hair loss prevention guide, straight from our experts, that will make your hair shiny and glossy in no time.
Often we forget that our hair needs the same attention that we give to our skin. And just like our skin, our hair is different too. It is one reason why trying every other DIY or your neighbor's hair loss prevention kit doesn't ring a bell for you.
The best way to stop further damage to your hair and trying weird techniques is by saying goodbyes to skeptical tricks:
Know your hair type
Our hair is a complex structure. Like our DNA, every hair and skin type is different and comprises many components that act as a single unit. Hair has a biological purpose of protecting the scalp while making sure that it is physically attractive to beauty's self-perception.
So your hair is not just for your physical beauty. When you seem to have irregular hair fall, it means that your hair is not healthy. If it is not getting the required proteins, nourishment, and oils, it becomes vulnerable and is prone to breakage.
To control the hair fall, understand your hair type.
Your hair can be perfectly smooth and heavenly, or it can be anywhere from dry and frizzy, thick, curly, colored, or chemically treated or thin and full of split ends.
Once you know your hair type, select the right product, and then follow the tips to stop the hair fall. Look for things and ideas that make sense to you and keep scrolling for the advice.
Focus on the Diet-
According to a study, around 96.8% of women have more than one hair concern. If you think about it, the amount of money spent on your hair is enough indication of its importance in your life. It is essential to focus on the diet to improve hair loss. Add more vegetables and fruits to your everyday meal and avoid carbs or junk.
According to a study conducted in 2017, adding raw vegetables and fresh herbs to your everyday diet can help prevent androgenetic alopecia. Androgenetic Alopecia is a standard form of hair loss in both men and women.
It is known that Androgenetic alopecia is genetic, but recent studies have linked it to non-genetic risk factors. If you are experiencing it, then switch to a more healthy diet that consists of herbs and vegetables like parsley, salads, etc.
If it is not already as clear as day, then know that you need to have a diet full of protein if you want to avoid hair loss. Hair follicles are made of a protein known as Keratin, and when our hair starts losing or not receiving those proteins, it leads to hair fall. According to a study in 2017, amino acids serve as the building blocks of protein.
Add proteins such as eggs, fish, beans, peas, cottage cheese, chicken, and low-fat dairy products to your everyday diet to prevent hair loss.
It is given that Vitamin A is essential for collagen formation and keeping your skin healthy and glowing. But are you aware that Vitamin A also helps to prevent hair loss? Yes, adding Vitamin A enriched foods like Eggs, Cereal, Orange, and yellow vegetables will keep your hair healthy and stop hair fall.
Vitamins are essential substances that our body develops to function normally. They are naturally occurring substances available in fruits and vegetables.
A balanced diet will give you vitamins. However, some people don't get vitamins from food alone. Also, people with medical conditions find it difficult to keep up with nutrient-packed food.
Of course, vitamins do not have superpowers that will change your hair and it's vulnerability overnight. But, they empower your health and help you stay at the top of the game.
Taking vitamins majorly controls your hair loss as they have all the essential nutrients needed to keep your hair healthy. Vitamins like Vitamin A, B, C, D, Iron, and zinc help prevent hair loss.
Vitamins in dietary supplements are not solely focussed on the skin and hair. If you wish to have better results, then you can even opt for topical vitamin supplements.
Vitamin D is a good source when it comes to hair control. Vitamin D is also associated with non-scarring alopecia. Meet your doctor, and he may suggest some supplements in case you have Vitamin D deficiency.
Foods/Vegetables you can eat for your Vitamin intake-
- Vitamin A: Eggs, Cereal, Orange, and yellow vegetables
- Vitamin D: Mushrooms, fatty fish, orange, yogurt, etc
- Vitamin C: Fruits and vegetables, mostly citrus fruits, cabbage family, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, etc
- Vitamin E: Vegetable oil (sunflower, soybean oil, wheat germ), nuts (peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts), green leaves, broccoli
A good scalp massage
Elders were right when they said that regular scalp massage keeps your hair healthy and prevents hair loss.
You can always start with a daily or weekend 4-minute scalp massage that will stimulate hair growth.
Coconut oil to the rescue
Coconut oil has been advertised and is quite promising. It is mild and effective for hair growth. Give your hair a good massage with coconut oil for 5-6 minutes and allow the nutrients to reach the scalp. Coconut oil helps strengthen your scalp leading to less hair fall.
Regular Hair Wash
Washing hair may protect against hair loss by keeping the scalp healthy and clean. If you don't wash your hair regularly, it will be filled with dead skin cells, and dirt leading to hair fall.
If you see that your hair is mainly falling when it is dirty or sticky, consider switching your hair washing routine. Switch to a mild good cleansing shampoo and keep your hair clean and healthy. We suggest soft shampoos because harsher formulas may dry hair and cause it to break, leading to hair loss.
Exercise is a must
If you love your skin after flexing your muscles or dancing or yoga, you will love your hair too. Well, not right after exercising as your hair may be sticky, but once you have washed your hair or have been regularly exercising for a few weeks, you will see a definite change in your hair. Your hair will be shiny, glossy and there'll be less hairfall. Exercise helps release toxins from our body sweat and improve blood circulation.
It gives you a subtle blush and glow. Do remember to cleanse your face or bathe post-workout to get rid of the dirt.
Castor oil is known for its benefits of controlling hair loss and preventing hair from further vulnerability. Since castor oil can be thick, dilute it with other hair oil (like coconut or any oil you have) and apply it to your scalp. Give your hair a good massage and experience the magic!
Hair Fall is natural, and to some extent, it is healthy for the hair cycle to shed some follicles. But if you have persistent hair loss, look closely at your diet and then take supplements or consider switching to a healthy diet.
Try to keep your hair healthy by washing and oiling it regularly. You can go ahead and consult a doctor in case it is persistent or you have irregular hair fall.