Tips For Preventing Hair Loss

Learn what the most common cause for hair loss are and what you can do to prevent hair loss.

Thinning hair and general hair loss can plague anyone regardless of age or gender. While hair loss typically is not damaging to your health, it most certainly can be emotionally damaging and very embarrassing. It is always best to practice healthy hair habits even before you notice hair loss so you will be less likely to ever encounter serious hair loss. If you are noticing more hair on combs and in the shower and less on your head, you'll want to start making changes in your hair care.

In today's world, it is easy to get caught up in trends like perming and coloring your hair. However, it is widely known that these treatments can permanently dry and damage hair if you use them too often. Dry and damaged hair is more likely to result in hair loss. Color, perm, or chemically straighten your hair as little as possible, and try to avoid using multiple chemical treatments at once.

Heat is also very damaging to hair. Frequently exposing your hair to direct sunlight can dry and damage hair. Using blow dryers, curling irons, hot curlers, and straightening tools on a regular basis will cause your hair to become brittle. Dry and brittle hair tends to break off more easily and contribute to hair loss.

Swimming is a popular pastime for many people, but it can also cause damage to hair. Exposing hair to the chlorine present in swimming pools and to the salt in ocean water can cause excessive dryness in your hair. The general motion of swimming can also cause your hair to develop harsh tangles and knots that may cause hair breakage when you try to remove them. It is best to wear a bathing cap when you will be swimming. At the very least, shampoo and condition your hair immediately after swimming.

Excessive brushing and pulling can cause your hair to break off. This is the reason you may notice hair tangled around your comb or elastic hair tie. Brush your hair as little as possible, and never brush your hair when it is wet. Wet hair is more fragile and will break easily. Regularly pulling hair back into a ponytail or braid can also cause excessive hair breakage.

What you put in your body can also affect the health of your hair. If your health is suffering, you may notice your hair suffering, too. Make sure you are eating a balanced diet rich in vitamins and protein. Diets low in protein may result in thinning hair. You may benefit from supplementing your diet with certain vitamins and minerals. Ask your doctor if you would benefit from supplementing with folic acid, biotin, silica, or copper. Always discuss adding a supplement to your diet with your doctor to make sure you aren't at risk for overdosing with any specific vitamin or mineral.

Remember that stress can also cause further hair loss, so don't let yourself become over concerned with the state of your hair. Implementing a few good habits will likely improve the health of your hair over time.

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