Prevent Hair Loss Naturally
Edited by Ermin, Lynn, Nlangster, Eng
Hair loss doesn't only occur in those who are getting older. It also occurs in teenagers and adults of any age. There are many culprits that are responsible for the hair loss. Among these are vitamin deficiencies, menopause, cancer treatments, hair damage due to consistent chemicals used, and thyroid problems. Many women are troubled when it comes to their crowning glory, although it more commonly affects men. Some are stubborn and still want to dye their hair, blow-dry, perm, or strengthen it many times a year. Eventually, they will have remorse and wish they had never touched their hair with those harsh chemicals. Yet, there's good news! You can prevent hair loss naturally. Before knowing the prevention of it, you should learn about the causes for hair loss, and the vitamins and minerals needed to help the hair. Read on to better understand why this thing happens and what to do about it.
The Culprits of Hair Loss in Men and Women
According to a dermatologist in Rancho, Mirage, California, Wendy Roberts, MD, the hair is like a garden: When you plant something underground properly, you will be able to see it grow and produce in no time, which is the plant with its healthy stem, flowers, leaves, etc,. If the plants are not growing well, then there may be a problem underground that you need to examine - and the same goes with hair. Typically, a normal hair cycle produces hair growth, and an abnormal hair cycle causes hair loss. There are things you need to know about why the hair is falling out. Below are some of the causes:
- 1Hereditary condition.Some women and men were born to have thinner hair. This is because of their genes. Perhaps their parents and grandparents also experience the same problem. Hair loss can be due to genetics. In fact, there are about 80 million Americans who have suffered hair loss problems due to hereditary conditions. Bald patches above the forehead are common in men, while thinning of the hair is common in women. These are due to genetics.Advertisement
- 2Medical condition.Other causes of hair loss are brought on by medical conditions or diseases that a person may have. Diseases like anemia, autoimmunity, dermatitis, thyroid disorders, and polycystic ovary syndrome can cause hair loss.Advertisement
- 3Pregnancy.According to Dr. Roberts, pregnancy can cause hair loss as well. A normal hair cycle will be back to normal after giving birth to a child.
- 4Menopause.Between the ages of 45-55, women can go through menopause, and hair loss is associated with aging, as well as menopause.
- 5Sudden weight loss.Losing a lot of weight in a short period of time can also cause hair loss.
- 6Physical trauma.This includes trauma from surgery and intense illnesses. Hair loss is associated with these conditions.
- 7Too much intake of vitamin A.If you have experienced hair loss, and you take supplements or take in other rich sources of vitamin A, this may be your problem. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, too much intake of vitamin A can lead to hair loss. Once you stop taking the vitamin, your hair cycle will normalize and the hair growth will resume.
- 8Eating disorders.Anorexia is a common eating disorder. People who are anorexic are prone to hair loss, because they lack important vitamins and minerals needed for the body.
- 9Iron and protein deficiencies.Iron and protein are responsible for the hair growth. If you lack iron and protein, you can experience hair loss in a matter of weeks without the vitamins. You have to take iron supplements to bring back the normal and thick hair you used to have. You can get proteins from different food sources, such as fish, eggs, and meat.
- 10Medicines.Blood thinners and some medications that treat depression, hypertension, arthritis, and heart problems can cause hair loss. Birth control pills can cause hair loss as well. If some women stop taking birth control pills, their hair will re-grow. Anabolic steroids, steroids used for building muscle and improving athletic performance, can also cause hair loss.
- 11Stress.Stress can cause hair loss. Relax and give yourself time to rest sometimes to avoid thinning the hair. Stress from major reasons, such as death of a family member or a spouse, can definitely cause hair loss.
- 12Hair products and hair styling.Some hair products can cause thinning of the hair. If you are not sure about the hair products you are using, or if they are going to damage your hair, then better follow some natural ways to prevent your hair from falling out instead. Improper use of hair gels and sprays, relaxers and perms can cause hair loss and damage. You should limit the use of hair chemicals and products to prevent your hair from falling out. Hairstyling can also cause hair breakage. Too much combing and brushing or using shampoos can damage the hair. The hair is elastic when wet, and brushing at that time can cause breakage and hair loss. Therefore, it is better to use a wide-tooth comb when combing your hair after taking a bath. Blow-dryers, flat-irons, and curlers can also cause hair breakage.
- 13Shampoos.Ingredients in shampoos can cause a lot of damage to the hair. Make sure that you choose the right shampoo. Sodium laureth sulfate (SLS), isopropyl alcohol, propylene glycol, and formaldehyde are the biggest offenders when it comes to hair damage and hair loss. So the next time you go to pick a shampoo, do not forget to read the product's label. Make sure that it does not have harsh ingredients that can destroy your hair.
Vitamins and Minerals - Responsible for the Hair Growth
Now that you have learned the culprits of hair loss and hair breakage, you may want to start adding the vital vitamins and minerals that are responsible for the hair growth.
- 1Iron.Like I said above, iron deficiency can cause hair loss. There are iron supplements that you can take to achieve the right amount of vitamins needed for your hair. However, you have to go see your doctor first, to ask for the right dose of iron to take daily. Too much iron intake can cause adverse effects. Why is iron important? Iron provides oxygen to your hair and promotes hair growth. If you do not like to take iron supplements, you may want to get iron from eating foods containing sources of the vitamin, such as lentils, eggs, meat, chicken, and spinach. Anemic people generally have thin hair. They should take iron supplements to boost their immune system as well as their hair growth.Advertisement
- 2Zinc.Zinc is needed for the body to function properly and healthily. The immune system works well if there is adequate zinc consumed in the body. Zinc also contributes to hair growth. Promoting healthy cells, helping in absorption of some minerals and nutrients, and regulating hormones are three major responsibilities of zinc in the body. It is thought that those who exercise a lot are prone to zinc deficiency. After exercising, always eat foods containing zinc, like chocolates, lamb, pumpkin seeds, spinach, nuts and beans, pork, chicken, and sea foods. However, eat them in moderation.
- 3B-complex vitamins.These are a water soluble group of vitamins. B1, B2, B3 and all other B complex vitamins are important in promoting hair growth as well as smooth and shiny hair. If you lack B-complex vitamins, you can get lots of dandruff and experience hair loss. Graying of hair at an early age is a sign that you lack the B-complex vitamins, too. Cobalamin, niacin, and biotin are among the most potent B-complex vitamins that are responsible for thickening the hair, as well as making it look shiny, smooth and manageable.
- 4Vitamin D.In tropical and subtropical places, people who live there may have thicker hair because they can easily get vitamin D by exposing themselves to sunlight. In North America, where the sunlight is limited, people who live there can be prone to hair loss and dry hair. Vitamin D plays a vital role in thickening the hair. You can also get vitamin D by consuming foods that contain rich sources of it, such as beef liver, oysters, eggs, mushrooms, fish, cod liver oil, fortified dairy products, fortified cereals, and many more. These are good for those people who live in countries where the sunlight is rare.
- 5Protein.This also helps promote hair growth and strengthen the hair. The recommended daily intake of protein is a 3 ounce servings of meat in combination with four to five servings of beans and dairy. This is a lot healthier to consume.
Tips to Prevent Hair Loss Naturally
The aforementioned vitamins are among the important nutrients needed for the overall health, especially the hair. In order to fully protect yourself from hair damage, breakage, dry hair, and hair loss, you may want to follow the tips below:
- 1Coconut oil.Coconuts are cultivated in subtropical and tropical countries. In ancient times and even today, Asian people have been using the coconut oil to apply to their hair, making it become thicker, smoother, and shinier than before. To do this, you just have to scoop out some coconut oil, heat it up in your oven, and apply it to your hair. Wrap your hair with a towel or plastic shower cap, and leave it on for two hours or even overnight. Afterwards, rinse your hair using safe shampoos. You may want to do the procedure once every week.Advertisement
- 2Green tea.This has rich sources of antioxidants that can prevent hair loss and promote hair growth. You may want to drink green tea daily to get healthy and beautiful hair. Not only can green tea boost hair growth, but it can also provide benefits for your overall health. You can also apply the green tea directly to your scalp and rub the hair thoroughly, so that the nutrients from the tea will absorb fast. Rinse your hair thoroughly afterwards.
- 3Juices.Juices of garlic, onion, and ginger can help promote hair growth. To get the juice out of your preferred food, for example, garlic, you may want to boil some pieces in a saucepan. Strain the liquid through a sieve and apply it to your hair. Rinse your hair thoroughly, after applying the juice from the food, to get rid of the smell.
- 4Head massage.Did you notice that some professional hair stylists at salons massage your hair before, during, and after applying any hair treatments? This is because head massaging can help activate the hair follicles. These follicles contribute a lot to hair growth. If they are unhealthy, your hair will grow slowly and also be unhealthy. Hair massaging can also increase blood circulation in the scalp, helping it to increase the absorption and production of nutrients in the scalp and hair.
- 5Eat foods containing specific vitamins and minerals that help promote hair growth.The proper vitamins and minerals were tackled in this article previously. Follow the steps above and choose foods which contain those minerals and vitamins that are conducive to hair growth.
- 6Exercise.Not only can exercise help you get rid of diseases and lose weight fast, but it will also help you fight stress. Stress can lead to hair loss, as mentioned above.
- 7See a hair specialist or a doctor.If your hair loss is associated with genetics, you should go see a hair specialist. He or she can help you prevent hair loss by using the proper treatments and medications. If your hair loss is not about genetics, it may be because of a medical condition. Early signs of some diseases include hair loss. You should go see a doctor for medical checkups.
- 8Avoid too much hairstyling.Hairstyling includes tying your hair up tightly in a ponytail and braiding, both of which can cause hair loss. Brushing and combing your hair may also contribute to hair breakage. Hair clips and rubber bands may break your hair and thus lead to hair loss as well. Stop doing and applying these to your hair to avoid hair damage. Use a wide tooth comb rather than a brush or a fine-tooth comb, when brushing or combing your hair, whether it is wet or dry. Blow-drying can also cause problems.
- 9Avoid chemical hair treatments.Perming, rebonding or straightening, hot ironing and even hot-oil treatments can cause hair breakage and damage. Use these rarely, or better yet, stop using them altogether and go for natural hair treatments, such as coconut oil.Advertisement
Tips & Warnings
- In preventing hair loss, you may try to take some supplements to get the right amount of nutrients needed for your hair. However, you should always consult your doctor about consuming any vitamins and supplements. You may have allergic reactions to some vitamins and minerals. Some of these may also interact with the medications that you are taking (if you are taking any). Patients who have cancer may experience hair loss due to chemotherapy and other cancer treatments. They are advised not to take any supplements, foods, etc., without the permission of their doctors. If you have a medical condition, consult your doctor first about the right doses to take, if at all.
- People who do not have medical conditions should moderate the intake of food sources containing vitamins and minerals for boosting hair growth. Too much can also cause adverse effects in some people. For example, too much intake of zinc can cause acute toxicity. The symptoms include nausea, shortness of breath, dizziness, and chest pain. Ask your doctor of the right dose of zinc for you.
- Women who take birth control pills should ask their doctors first about some vitamins and supplements, which they are planning to take. There may be some medical interactions between the pills and the vitamins.
- Take note that prevention is a lot better than cure! Go for natural ways to prevent hair loss.