Hair loss: things you should, and should not do an average person sheds about 50-100 strands of hair every day. But, often due to stress, nutritional deficiencies, anaemia, hypothyroidism, lupus, crash dieting, people start losing hair in clumps or start shedding more than normal. It is alarming and very stressful.
If you notice that you are losing more hair than usual or if bald spots are developing on your scalp, it calls for attention.
Here are some dos and don’ts for people suffering from hair loss:
Things you should do
- Feed your hair healthy meals
Often when we notice unnatural hair fall, our first reaction is to start popping supplements or just resign to our fate, thinking it’s either age related or it’s the weather. While in certain cases these are the causes, under no circumstances should hair fall be ignored.
Sometimes it is a result of inadequate nutrition. This can happen in cases of crash dieting or anaemia. In such cases, adding food rich in protein, iron, zinc, and vitamin B12 can help regrowth. These nutrients are found in abundance in lean meats, egg whites, leafy greens, nuts, beans, and fish, and they boost hair growth. So load up!
Ever heard of epinephrine and cortical? Well, they are stress hormones that hurt natural hair growth.
In the fast paced world that we inhabit, there are so many reasons for stress. Sample this – reports suggest that U.S. adults spend close to 11 hours a day consuming media!
Spending too much time in front of computer screens, on our Smartphone’s, dealing with professional and personal challenges, driving in peak traffic, modern life is full of stress. But it is up to us to break the monotony and take time off for ourselves. It will not just help the hair but our general well being.
It can help to unplug, and find things that help you unwind. It could be anything from yoga, meditation, gardening, working out, to just simply talking to someone. But if these don’t help, see a therapist. Stress is a serious condition that can find ways to manifest itself physically.
- See a hair specialist
Hair loss can be indicative of something else that is wrong with the body. Don’t ignore it, and instead schedule an appointment with a specialist to rule out any serious illness. Often anaemia, hypothyroidism, nutritional deficiencies, polycystic ovarian disease, are causes behind hair loss. The doctor can diagnose the root cause and recommend proper treatment.
Even if it is pattern baldness, a common reason for hair loss in both men and women, the doctor can suggest appropriate treatment or hair transplant options.
- Use a mild shampoo
Switching to a silicone and paraben-free shampoo can be helpful. It is also important to shampoo regularly or use a medicated dandruff shampoo to keep dandruff away as it makes hair weak.
- Throw that cigarette out
Smokers suffer from poor circulation, which means that essential nutrients that help hair growth are not reaching your scalp.
Research suggests that hair loss can be intensified if there is insufficient supply of nutrients to your hair. So stub that cigarette out and adopt a healthy and smoke free life. Your hair, skin, and not to mention your lungs, will thank you for it.
- Be careful what hair loss products you use
There are numerous hair loss products readily available in the market, but you might want to check in with a specialist before you spend a fortune on those. Have your doctor identify the right cause behind your hair loss, before you go on that shopping spree.
Things you shouldn’t do
- Ease up on the dyeing and styling
Too much colouring, styling can harm your hair as excessive heat and chemicals make hair weak.
If you want to use the hair dryer, set it on cool settings, or just let it air-dry. And, even though it might be difficult but resist the temptation to colour your hair all those cool colours. Colouring too often is harmful for hair.
- Avoid hot showers
Hot water can dehydrate your skin and hair. It makes hair dry, brittle and washes away the natural oils. Use warm water instead to wash your hair.
- Don’t starve yourself to lose weight
If you are trying to lose weight, opt for a healthy diet plan and don’t resort to crash dieting. Crash dieting will make your body use all the nutrition for important bodily functions rather than hair and skin. Crash dieting is known to cause excessive hair fall.
Cutting out processed food and sugar, and exercising, might be safer and sustainable ways to lose weight without losing hair.
- Avoid too much sun
Too much sun is as bad for the hair as it is for the skin. Prolonged UV exposure makes cuticles weak and cause breakage. You can use a UV protective serum or simply cover your head while out in the sun.
Hair loss is a very common problem and can be treated. Even if you cannot get your hair to grow back, you can get a hair transplant, after all we live in the 21st century!
The article has been contributed by Dr. Sangay Bhutia, a hair transplant surgeon in India. Consult to Dr. Sangay Bhutia for cost-effective treatment of Hair Transplant in Delhi.