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Hair Loss: 10 Best Solutions for Thinning Hair

Updated on September 15, 2014

How come my hair is so fragile? More and more women ask themselves this question.

Thinning hair doesn't only happen to men.

Women have different hair types. Some have thin, thick, short, long hair... However, and this is very important, If your hair is indeed changing and becoming thinner and lifeless, then you must pay attention to a couple of things.

There's tons of factors that cause the loss of hair. For instance, you may be genetically prone to it, or you may be using the wrong products or eating the wrong food, as well as suffering from hormonal disorders or even be suffering from a disease.

In order to find out what's wrong with your hair, you must go to a specialist to diagnose the problem and undergo a suitable treatment.

However, you can always strengthen your hair in different ways; ways that will help you fight this problem.

1. Reduce the chemicals and stylling

If your problem is brittle hair and you use quite a few chemicals on daily basis, try to stay away from them. For example, hair dyes that can be harmful to your hair. The hair is made by proteins that are connected to each other. Let your hair "breath".

Too much shampooing, styling, and dyeing can harm your tresses. Heat and chemicals weaken the hair, causing it to break and fall out. Often, it’s a combination of treatments—keratin, coloring, and blow-drying, for instance—that does the damage.

Try not to overheat your hair. Whenever you dry your hair use a lower temperature than the maximum allowed and minimize the use of flat irons. Don’t dye your hair more than one or two shades its normal color: The more severe the color change, the more chemicals you require, which can make hair break.

Here's a recipe of a home-made moisturizing cream:

Half of an avocado + 1 spoon of olive oil + 1 spoon of honey. Use a blender to mix everything and put it in your hair.

Let it be on your hair for 20 minutes and wash it with shampoo afterwards, rinse it and use hair conditioner to seal the hair cuticles.

2. Moisturize your hair

To moisturize your hair is important in order to replace its nutrients and keratin. These treatments include several elements like keratin, proteins, vitamins, vegetable oils, silicone and lanolin. Moisturizing the hair frequently is very important to keep your hair healthy, shiny and silky.

It also important to moisturize your hair two in two weeks. You can moisturize your hair at home. In order to boost the result, you can use other products besides the moisturizing cream: vitamins, argan oil, ampoules or liquid keratin.

3. Keep your hair clean

To strenghten your hair it is essential to wash your hair efficiently, in tepid almost cold water. The way you wash your hair influences how pretty and healthy your hair is.

How to wash your hair:

  1. Start by washing your hair in tepid water but never in extremely hot water so that the pores can open and therefore make it easier for the impurities to be removed.
  2. Then, put a little of shampoo on your hand and apply it the scalp and rub it gently from the roots to the ends;
  3. If your hair is very long or voluminous hair, separate it in two and make sure the strands of hair are completely cleaned.
  4. After you've applied the shampoo, wash your hair with plenty of water but do it delicately in order to preserve the strands of your hair;
  5. Next, you want to apply the hair conditioner. You must only apply the conditioner to the ends;
  6. The hair must moisturize for a couple of minutes and then rinse it to remove the hair conditioner. If you leave the product in your hair that will make it very wet and with dandruff around; it might look lifeless.
  7. When you're washing your hair use cold water instead of hot water to make it look healthier and shinier.

4. Do not sleep with wet hair

Sleeping with wet hair is unhealthy for your hair. Keeping the hair wet, especially in the scalp is a way of welcoming fungus and bacteriums that do not protect the hair in any sort of way. This can also promote hair loss, greasy and weak looking hair.

While you're sleeping, your metabolism is slower which means the hair will take longer to dry.

Thus, do not sleep with your hair damp because the scalp gets wet for a longer period of time and decreases it's bleaching which promotes hair loss.

5. Protect your hair from sunlight

While you're exposing yourself to the sunlight intensely, your hair is becoming more fragile, separating the cells that form the cuticle of the strands, which makes the hair more dehydrated and therefore fragile and brittle, and sometimes even yellowish.

To avoid this, keep in mind that you should also use hats and caps to protect the hair against the sunlight and avoid being exposed to the sun at its peak.

Furthermore, apply hair products such as oils that act almost as sunscreen, that are essentially sun protection because they can really help prevent hair loss.

6. Diet

Your diet affects the beauty and the healthiness of your hair. The food you eat provides the main nutrients for your body to be healthy. Whenever there's something wrong, the main organs are the ones who suffer right away and your hair is no exception.

If you follow a healthy diet your benefiting your hair. Follow these tips to have a beautiful hair!

Why? because they stimulate the growth of your hair and strengthen it.
Where can you find them? red meat, chicken, fish, eggs, cheese and seeds.

Why? If you don't eat it, hair loss becomes more likely to happen.
Iron-rich food: red meat, broccoli, spinach, beans and lentils.

Why? It stimulates the growth of your hair and reduces greasiness.
Where can you find it? liver, seeds, egg yolk, nuts, crustaceans.

Why? it stimulates the growth and helps the pigments that grant color to the strands of hair.
Where can you find it? nuts, chestnut, liver, seeds and vegetables.

Vitamin B12 Why?

Helps fight against anemia, one of the many reasons why hair loss exists in the first place.
Where can you find it? liver, eggs, milk and food-derived from it.

Vitamin C
Why? Antioxidant substance that contributes to the proper functioning of the cells of the hair.
Where can you find it? Lemon, orange, haw, tomato, green leaves and potato.

Vitamin E
Why? prevents the development of free radicals and helps the growth of new hair.
Where can you find it? vegetable oils, nuts, peanuts, egg yolk, fish and vegetables.

Good oils (Omega-3 and Omega-6, etc.)
Why? They moisturize the hair and provide shine.
Where can you find it? Linseed and fish like tuna, salmon, sardines and seeds.

And last but not least, drink a lot of water!

7. Use the adequate brush and don't overbrush your hair

Unlike what you might think to brush the hair several times a day isn't healthy for your hair. Plenty of girls think that if they brush their hair a lot before going to bed, it's going to look perfect in the morning. However, to brush your hair a lot of times frequently can damage the hair and therefore you should only brush it if you feel like it's necessary. Another tip is to use wide toothed combs and brushes. Plus, whenever the hair is wet it's even more fragile than when it's dry therefore brush it carefully.

Always try to use hairbrushes that have that tiny little ball in the ends because that truly disentangles the hair without hurting the scalp. Don't use a fine-tooth comb. It contributes to hair loss and therefore you should use wide-tooth combs.

8. Reduce Stress

Stress can cause hair loss because it compromises blood circulation making it difficult for the strands to be in the scalp. Furthermore, it also increases the production of estriol, a substance that inhibits the entrance of nutrients in the capillary region, slowing hair growth. Stress can also increase hair greasiness and dandruff, and as a result, hair loss.

Thus, relax and rest. Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep can contribute to both mental and physical stress, especially if the sleep issues persist over a long period of time. It can affect your diet, your performance at work and your overall mood, which, in turn, can lead to stress or anxiety-related hair loss.

9. Use ampoule's and specific hair products that prevent hair loss

There are several hair products that can prevent this problem. These products are very useful to stimulate the scalp and rejuvenate, revitalizing thinning hair.

Maintaining a healthy scalp will always improve the quality of your hair -- look for one that is stimulating to improve hair growth, texture and behavior.

10. Avoid tight hairstyles

Braids, as well and tight chignons and hair elastics and pretty much everything that ties the hair together can cause hair loss. If you push your hair too much to do a hairstyle or if you use it for a very long time, for instance months, in which you're constantly repeating it and you don't let your hair "rest" you may be the one damaging your own hair.

Usually, you'll see a certain area of your head strand less. These areas are usually near the forehead or above the ears because it's where the hair is being pushed due to the hairstyle which causes loss.

Let your hair down, and it should grow back on its own. Be aware that long-term use of these styles can cause scarring of the scalp and permanent hair loss.


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      Great and detailed article I have ever come across thanks for sharing this useful info.


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