12 Ways To Decrease Hair Loss And Strengthen Hair
Gimme a head with hair! Long beautiful hair!
A few years ago I went through some of the most stressful months of my life and yes, my hair started to fall out! I'm in my middle thirties so at first I thought maybe it was just that time. Most of my male relatives have kept their hair though, even into their sixties so I started to do some research to make sure I covered all the bases. My daughter got in on the game too, because girls being girls, they want to do everything they can to make their hair longer and their hair follicles stronger.
But enough about that, let's get to the list! Here are the twelve ways to decrease hair loss and strengthen hair that we discovered. I personally can vouch for seeing results and after just double checking with my daughter, she says she has seen strengthening results too.
Is it really possible to decrease hair loss and strengthen hair?
Blow it, show it, long as I can grow it MY HAIR!!!
Gimme a head with hair! Long beautiful hair!
1. Eat some digestible protein consistently throughout the day. I found this out from a holistic purveyor on Chicago's West side. After I explained to her all the things I was trying to do to save my hair, she told me this was the number one thing people overlooked but worked the best. I have found that to be true. The key words are digestible and consistently. I am someone who has trouble digesting certain foods and if they go right through you your body doesn't benefit. Also the consistency element was something I had to work on as someone who used to regularly skip breakfast. Even a gulp of milk or a quarter cup three times a day will improve your intake, or beans, fish, eggs, anything with protein.
2. Find a way to reduce your stress. I know I know, just the thought of trying to find a way to reduce stess is stressing you out! I've been there, I know it can be difficult. But rest assured there are ways to decrease your stress. Meditation, prayer, or just going for a walk once or twice a day can do wonders. Lower the amount of caffeine you ingest or avoid people who tear at your insides. There are lots of ways to decrease stress, look it up on HubPages!
3. Gently massage your scalp. This works on two levels. Just as in number two above, it helps reduce your stress. But also, it stimulates your hair follicles. Similarly, wearing a hat for prolonged periods of time strains your hair follicles. This may seem like a minor detail, but trust me it works. My wife massages my "problem" areas, where my hair is receding the most. You can gently use your fingers (or your loved ones) and slightly massage the skin. Or if you have enough hair, you can even gently pull the hair. That's right, you read correctly. Gently pull the hair and this helps stimulate the follicles. Obviously too hard is too hard, if you start pulling out all your hair, you have gone too far and losing hair is the least of your worries, at this point you are going to want to hire a psychologist.
4. Eat your fruits and vegetables. Remember when you were at that family reunion a few years ago and you watched that old Aunt-what's-her-name with the hair down to her butt and the full beard gobbling up asparagus and rutabaga by the plateful! Coincidence? I don't think so. Also, eat a multivitamin at least once a week, every other day or every day. Better nutrition goes along way towards decreasing hair loss.
5. Don't brush your hair when it is wet. Your hair is extra weak when it is wet. You can use your hands, but don't use the fine comb until it dries.
6. Apply all natural, crushed aloe vera to your scalp. You can grow your own, buy a plant or two from just about any garden store or even a grocery store. Also, lots of good produce stores carry aloe vera and it is inexpensive. You can buy two giant leaves, and tear a small bit off every day and apply it to the problem areas. This has worked well for me. Beware, some aloe vera smells a bit like onions!
7. Eat soy. Soy isn't just for San Francisco feathered vegitarians anymore. It comes in various forms, and your bound to find one type that you will enjoy. It has nutrient and medicinal values that are good for strengthening your hair.
8. Don't over brush your hair. One thousand nine hundred ninetly nine, two thousand! OK seriously? That's too much. Your hair isn't made of metal, it's made of dead proteins, and as such, can only take so much abuse.
9. Blow dry your hair sparingly. If you don't have to, don't. If you must, blow dry your hair as little as required. The excessive heat will damage and weaken your hair.
10. After swimming in Chlorinated water, wash your hair. Of course most of us shower with chlorinated water so it's hard to avoid. But a lot of public pools really pour on the chemicals, rinse or wash them off when you get home.
11. Trim every month or two. Even if you're growing out your hair, you can still get it trimmed. The ends tend to get brittle over time, and that split can tear all the way up your hair until the entire hair is damaged.
12. Keep hydrated. You should do this anyway, for good health. But it also helps you keep your hair.
Once last note. With the combination of all these things I did witness my hair stopped falling out. Over a year I noticed that some of it even grew back. I've never tried Rogaine but I did try a few organic "hair regrowth" formulas and had some success. Although after trying those, I did get a circular patch of hair to grow on my back! Ha! So I don't use those products anymore, I just follow these twelve ways that my daughter and I came up with.Everyone is vulnerable to hair loss more or less depending on their environment and genetics. But you can do somethings to stave off the process and hedge your bet!
We hope you have some good results. Now where is that aloe vera plant? Hmmm.
Update December 27, 2012
Well this essay, and collaboration with my daughter has turned out to be one of my most popular, who'da thunk it? There are two more items I would add to the list, of ways to decrease hair loss, and that would be, good conditioner to get rid of dandruff, and even more fatty food intake monitoring.
Sounds simple enough, I used to think it was only for vain types, or for those times when your hair was really matted or in bad shape. But what my experience has been is, that in the winter especially, I used to get terrible dandruff right in the two spots where I lose the most hair. I've tried many, many dandruff shampoos only to find out, years later, that using some decent conditioner regularly helps control dandruff in my case, and using any normal hair shampoo. It may be my skin type or hair type I don't know, but it has brought me great relief, and has slowed or stopped the hair loss in those spots.
Also recently, I heard a news story (sorry I have no reference) that explained that in Japan, before Western culture arrived, baldness and fatty-red-meat consumption, were both nearly unheard of. With the arrival of Western culture, and fattier foods, so arrived baldness. It's an interesting tack, fat is villainized so much, when some is indeed important for healthy brain growth, too much is too much. Best of luck, here's to healthy hair!!!
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Update: January 15, 2017
One last and important item I learned recently about hair, hair loss and also dandruff, is that much of it is dynamically related to the amount of moisture and oil in your scalp. Too much, too little, however imbalanced your scalp might be, play around with different techniques. I've found that for me over-shampooing and using any sort of dandruff shampoo does not work for me. I used ordinary "average scalp" type shampoo and conditioner. What I have changed is, especially during the winter when I wear hats and the air is dry, I add oil to my scalp every other week or so. Usually olive oil, although I've used hemp oil and coconut oil with success also. I usually leave it in for an hour or even a day. Then I shampoo and condition as usual. Doing this gets rid of itchy scalp and makes my hair look normal i.e. not frizzy. I have a feeling if I had started doing this years ago, decades ago, I would have saved a lot of my hair. Ah well, live and learn and you reading this might save more hair than me!