What could be sadder than looking at those forlorn manes, hanging around all the time? Sigh.
Hair loss is prevalent in females, and here I own my share of the hair loss journey. Until the last few months, my hair had been the center of attention for everyone. They would ask me the secret of my long, thick hair. But I never fully appreciated the natural beauty of my hair. I was so proud of my healthy and shiny hair – until the horrifying hair loss started so suddenly – as if a tornado had started whipping around my head.
When I first experienced hair fall, I assumed, like any sensible person, that it was due to climate change (!!). However, finding the brush full of hair every time I combed was scaring me. A week, two weeks, a month, and even two months, I waited for my hair to restore its loss naturally, but no luck!
Though still long, my hair was getting thinner each passing day. And there came a day when I had no hair left for the usual 30 minutes of blow-drying, 20 minutes brushing, and experimenting with different hairstyles.
Now that was something alarming, and it made me scared of being bald within the next few months, yeah. So, I Googled for various ways to restore my thick hair. After in-depth research, I was able to stop hair fall in two months.
Now I am happy, my hair fall is minimal and my hair is thick again.
Today, I am going to share 10 things that you can try to restore hair growth.
1. Watch Your Hair Styling
Like many other women, I am also crazy about new hair trends and hairstyles. But I never realized that my hair is sensitive to shaggy hairstyles. I had been in love with the tight, high ponytail until I realized that the tightness of my hair was causing it to fall out.
Braids, cornrows, tight ponytails, any other such hair styling puts stress on your delicate hair, causing hair fall. So, watch your hairstyle. Level up its maintenance by avoiding things that may contribute to hair loss.
If you like to put your hair up or in any other style, make sure to keep it slack and use an elastic clip to bind it.
2. Be Cagy of Hair Styling Tools
Hairdryers, rollers, and straighteners may give you temporary beauty, but they will end up doing damage to your hair in the long-run. Hairstyling tools that require high heat are hard on your hair, causing the hair to break and fall out.
I had been used to blow drying my hair after every bath. But I stopped doing so after learning about its dangers. I allowed my hair to dry naturally and results were and are optimal.
So, minimize the use of high heat tools on your hair to stop hair fall. Let your hair dry naturally whenever possible. If you like straightening or curling your hair, do it occasionally and don’t leave the tools in any specific area of the hair for too long. Move them rapidly, like every ten seconds. Moreover, avoid keeping the heat setting too high to prevent hair burning.
3. Ditch Chemical Processing
Just like heating, giving your hair a variety of chemical treatments can also weaken it. Dying, straightening, or bleaching your hair chemically is susceptible to hair loss.
So, say goodbye to chemical processing hair tools, or at least, minimize their use. Replace them with natural solutions, such as using heat-protecting sprays to prevent hair damage.
4. Consume the Rainbow
What we eat is what we see on our hair and skin. Iron or vitamin deficiency may be the cause of hair thinning. My poor eating habits have been the reason for my own overall poor health, including weak hair. But adding a healthy diet to my action plan to stop hair fall showed positive results.
Foods rich in nutrients such as vitamins, fiber, and minerals are necessary for your hair growth and strength. Make sure to eat the rainbow of food, including leafy greens, beans, nuts & seeds, fish, and fruit, so that your hair gets enough nutrients. Nutrients promote the growth of lustrous, healthy, and long hair.
5. Stay Hydrated
Now it’s time to abide by the “eight glasses of water per day” rule. Our body, including hair, needs hydration to work efficiently. In fact, water is the best friend of your hair. Experts advise drinking at least six to eight glasses of water a day to stimulate skin and hair health.
Though I am still able to drink only six glasses of water a day, I am trying to increase the number. I drink one glass of water early in the morning, one at 11 a.m, one during my lunch, one in the evening, one with my dinner, and remaining during irregular hours. It’s easy!
6. Scalp Massage is the Key
That’s so soothing as well!
Hair scalp needs strength. And a good scalp massage is the best way to pamper it. It is easy to do. I always massage my scalp during the shower and after applying shampoo.
Scalp massage stimulates hair growth by improving blood circulation in the scalp. So, take a few minutes to soothe your scalp. Gently move your fingertips in a circular motion around your head to massage your scalp and prevent hair loss.
I also noticed that head massage keeps scalp crystal clean and ready for the growth of new hair.
7. Get Enough Sleep
Being a night owl, my sleep habits were worse. But I found that lack of sleep contributes to hair loss. So, I tried to change my sleep habits and observed a significant decrease in my hair loss.
Getting at least seven to eight hours of a good night’s sleep helps your body to restore itself to keep you energized throughout the day. It also works wonders to prompt hair growth and improve your overall health.
Essential oils are the ticket to help stop hair fall. In fact, they are food for your hair to stay healthier. Essential oils have regenerative properties to boost blood circulation in the scalp, which helps strengthen hair roots and follicles.
You may add a few drops of essential oil to your scalp massage to enjoy soothing results. I massage my hair with essential oils 60 minutes before taking a shower, and the results are already amazing.
I noticed that using essential oils on hair also relieves stress and headache. Though I use olive and coconut oil on my hair, you may opt for other choices such as carrot seed, lavender, rosemary, and more.
9. Minimize Stress
In my case, stress had been the biggest culprit behind my hair loss. During my research, I came to learn that stress releases hormones like epinephrine and cortisol, which prevents the natural growth of hair.
Though there are different ways to relieve stress, my favorite is meditation and exercising. Meditation gives you relief from mental stress, and exercising relieves physical stress.
So, it is entirely up to you how do you manage stress. You may start with exercising and yoga, for example or even just limiting your alcohol intake.
10. Consult a Dermatologist
If you have tried every possible option, but your hair loss is still significant, then don’t hesitate to see a dermatologist. An expert can identify the root cause of the problem and give better solutions to help prevent hair loss.
Normally, it takes between six to nine months for your hair to repair completely. So if your hair loss is gradually decreasing with natural solutions, you may wait for the hair to restore its growth naturally..
The Don’ts to Stop Hair Fall
- Don’t take scalding showers; it can damage hair roots and follicles.
- Don’t comb hair right after a shower or when it’s wet; it causes hair fall.
- Avoid rubbing your hair vigorously with a towel; it damages hair strength. Let hair dry naturally or gently tap with a clean towel.
- Don’t wear a shower cap for too long; it makes your hair scalp greasy and prompts hair fall.
- Don’t hesitate to see a hair specialist if you’re still undergoing severe hair loss.
Simply put, don’t take it easy. Take the proper care of your hair to keep it strong and healthy. Wash and condition your hair regularly. Eat healthily, get enough sleep, stay hydrated, kick stress, and try different things to reduce and stop your hair fall. It’s that simple!