While it is normal to lose about a hundred hair strands a day, it is actually devastating to not have enough new hair to replace them. Therefore, the goal is to prevent as much hair fall as possible and at the same time, promote new hair growth.
Unfortunately, not all hair growth products work and those that do don’t work on everybody. So what needs to be done if hair continues to fall off fast? Here are five essential tips that you need to know:
1. Never comb your hair while it is wet.
This is one important tip that a lot of people fail to follow. Hair is at its weakest when it is wet, which means that the root can easily dislodge from the follicle and pulling at it will cause a lot of premature hair fall.
If you are in a hurry to comb out your hair shortly after taking a shower, blow dry it under the cool setting. Then, use a wide-toothed comb that will not snag as you run it through your hair.
If you have long hair, start combing the tips first and make sure to hold the hair tightly so as to prevent the comb from pulling directly at the root. By untangling the tips first, you will find it easier to comb through the upper part of your hair.
Another tip is to avoid using hair bands and other accessories that pull your hair. Also, if you are fond of putting your hair up on a ponytail you should minimize tying it up from the same spot to prevent the follicles from weakening due to repeated pulling. Try loosening your ponytail or tying your hair from another spot every now and then.
2. Always condition after you shampoo.
Shampoo strips away the dirt and oil that have accumulated in your hair and on your scalp, giving you that fresh and clean feeling afterward. Unfortunately, it will also remove the natural oils that keep your hair strong and supple. Your conditioner helps restore the lost natural oils in your hair and prevents it from breakage.
The proper way to use conditioner is to pour a small amount and rub it only on the lower section of your hair (or the tip of your hair). The upper section will not need as much conditioner (unless you have very dry hair) because your scalp will easily replenish the lost natural oils to that section. Conditioning it will only lead to severely oily hair shortly after your bath and cause it to trap dirt and bacteria faster.
3. Use hair products that are 100 percent free of harmful chemicals.
Did you know that most hair care products on the market, including shampoos and conditioners, have harmful chemicals that can irritate your scalp? Check their label and you are most likely going to see ingredients like “sodium lauryl sulfate or SLS” or “sodium laureth sulfate or SLES”, which are toxic to both the environment and our health.
Instead, choose a gentle shampoo and conditioner that use at least 90 percent organic ingredients and have a 100 percent guarantee of not containing any harmful chemicals. While these hair products might have a shorter shelf life and a slightly higher price tag, the benefits of using them far outweigh these little sacrifices. Besides, you do not need a 2-year shelf life because you are going to be using these products regularly anyway.
4. Take biotin, iron and vitamin C supplements everyday.
Biotin is a B vitamin that helps promote strong cell growth, particularly the hair, skin and nails. It is naturally found in certain foods as well, such as egg yolks and soy beans, but if you want to get the full recommended dosage then you should take it in supplement form.
Iron is an important mineral that prevents hair fall because one of the main causes of weak hair is iron-deficiency anemia. Eating iron-rich foods and taking a supplement based on the recommendation of your physician will help solve this problem or at least rule out this possible cause. It is advised that you take iron with vitamin C as the latter helps your body to absorb the mineral more effectively.
5. Treat dandruff and other scalp issues ASAP.
When the scalp is not healthy, the hair follicles are deeply affected. The effects will be weak hair roots and slow new hair growth. If you are suffering from dandruff, make sure to treat it by using an antiseptic spray to kill the fungus that has been causing it. Furthermore, make an effort to gently massage your scalp as you shampoo your hair so that you can loosen the build-up of trapped dead skin cells and dirt and wash it off easily.