Millions of men and women suffer from some degree of hair loss all over the United States. Whether you have the early signs of thinning hair, or are almost completely bald, it can still be an overwhelming experience. There are some easy, at home preventative steps you can take to slow down the process. Here are just a few ways how you can prevent hair loss starting today.
- The first step begins with what you eat. A diet rich in vitamins B, E, and H, will help slow down the process. There are some foods you can begin to introduce into your diet that are rich in these essential vitamins. Foods such as eggs, liver, and whole grains, are all great options. If you are unable, or unwilling, to try this, maybe a multivitamin is the best option for you. There are several to choose from. Read the label, or ask the pharmacist, if you have any questions or concerns.
- When you are in the shower, make sure to use a mild shampoo and conditioner. Rub the products into your head gently, don't scrub your scalp. This can damage your already fragile hair follicles, and can cause the hair loss to occur even more rapidly. When you are drying off post shower, detangle your hair gently with a wide toothed comb. One easy way for women to prevent hair loss is to not pull your hair back in a ponytail too tightly. This can put unnecessary strain on your roots.
- This next suggestion to prevent hair loss may seem like the most difficult to many people: Reduce stress. Stress wreaks havoc on a person mentally, physically, and can also cause a mild form of hair loss called telogen effluvium. The stress of sustaining an injury, the loss of a loved one, or the everyday pressures of work and family, are all unavoidable facts of life. Talk to a friend, or anyone you trust, about these issues. You'll be amazed what taking a breath, and getting some issues off of your chest will do for your emotional well-being, and your hair.
These are all great ways to prevent hair loss. If your hair loss is profound, you may want to speak to your doctor. He or she can talk to you about alternative treatments. Sudden, and excessive, hair loss may also be an indication of a more serious medical issue. This is also something that should be discussed with a physician.