It is normal for women to lose between 50 to 75 hairs on a non-wash day and 100-150 on days they wash their hair. However, it has been estimated that 40 percent of women lose more than the average 50-150 strands a day. There can be any number of reasons for this including:
- Stress: Stress can take a toll on your body and mind. If a person does not take care of themselves and is constantly stressed, they are more prone to illness and disease, as well as hair loss.
- Nutritional deficiencies: A poor diet can lead to the deterioration of one’s body, including the loss of hair.
- Alopecia Areata: This is a type of autoimmune disorder in which a person’s immune system begins attacking the body’s hair follicles, causing great hair loss.
- Genetics: Genetics can play a huge roll in a person’s hair loss. If one’s parent went bald at an early age, it is much more likely that their children will experience hair loss as well.
As troublesome as this may be, there are many ways for one to slow down, stop, or even reverse the effects of hair loss. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
Healthy Diet and Nutrition
We’ve all heard the expression “What you put into your body, you get out”. Well, this holds true for your hair as well. As stated before, according to The Hair Transplant Hub, nutritional deficiencies are a cause of hair loss. It is quite possible for someone who is lacking certain nutrients in their diet to experience the thinning of, or even the loss of hair. That being said, the opposite can prove to be a natural remedy for this issue.
Sometimes, simply adding a specific nutrient by changing one’s diet or, perhaps, fortifying their diet with supplements can make a huge difference. There are many nutrients and foods that can help enrich the hair. Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish such as salmon, can do wonders for one’s hair. Even if you are not a fish eater, there are supplements you can take in order to get your daily amount.
Some other nutrients that are essential for hair strength and growth are proteins, vitamin C, iron (as an iron deficiency can be a major cause of hair loss), vitamin A, and biotin. There can be supplements found for all of these nutrients, but the best way for your body to receive them is to eat a diet rich in them. Some good foods for these are flaxseeds, eggs, nuts, and sweet potatoes.
Natural Homemade Treatments
Many people nowadays are moving in the path of more natural, organic, homemade remedies. Many people prefer a natural treatment to a chemically-based one. That being said, there are many ways to treat hair loss using ingredients that may already be in the kitchen.
Creating a homemade hair mask is one way to treat thinning hair. There are a few popular ones that have also proven to be rather affective as well. One of these is as simple as taking the juice from a few onions and applying it to your scalp and hair. It has a high sulfur content which stimulates blood circulation around the hair follicles. Also, massaging coconut, almond, olive, or castor oil into one’s scalp can be beneficial. Adding a dash or two of rosemary essential oil can increase the speed and efficiency of the treatment. A quick internet search will turn up many other home remedies.
Hair Growth Supplements
There are many hair growth supplements, shampoos, creams, etc. on the market nowadays. Most of which claim to be natural, organic, and healthy. However, the ingredients on the bottle should be checked before making a purchase, because half of the time these “natural ingredients” are things that we cannot even pronounce.
Some store-bought supplements such as vitamins and biotin can help reverse signs of hair loss and encourage the natural, healthy growth of hair. They are also helpful for strong nails and clear skin. Checking with a health professional is a good idea before taking any supplement.
Some other popular treatment are hair loss shampoo, as well as drugs, that contain minoxidil (a chemical that fights DHT which can cause hair loss). Some people swear by these treatments, while others aren’t quite as convinced.There are also more extreme treatments such as hair transplants. In this procedure, plugs of hair are surgically implanted into one’s scalp in order to create a natural look.
While there are numerous treatments out there for hair loss, one of the most important ways to prevent it is keeping a healthy and balanced diet to ensure a beautiful, thick head of hair. Be sure to check out Healthy Community Key for other health and wellness tips.