Losing hair is a part of life that most people don’t look forward to. Although it doesn’t pose a health threat, but it can have a devastating effect on one’s self confidence and self-esteem.
Fortunately, there are several ways that you can do to stop hair loss and regrow it naturally. Give these following tips a try and see how effective they are in reducing your hair loss problems.
1. Maintain a proper diet
A proper diet containing appropriate amounts of protein, iron, and other nutrients is essential to maintain a healthy scalp and promote hair growth. Since hair is made mostly of protein, eating a protein rich diet is very important for the proper growth of the hair. High protein foods include eggs, chicken, fish, lean beef, pork, milk, yogurt, beans, lentils, and nuts.
Iron plays a role in healthy hair growth because it helps carry oxygen to the scalp and hair follicles. Foods that are rich in iron include red meats, liver, chicken, fish, eggs, dark leafy greens, beans and lentils.
Another essential nutrient for healthy hair is omega-3 fatty acids, which facilitate the production of hormones and oily lubricants that lead to healthy scalp and follicles. Omega-3 fatty acids are found naturally in oily fish (tuna, salmon, mackerel, sardines), nuts and seeds.
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2. Exercise regularly
Just like your diet, exercise plays an important role in the health of your body as well as your hair. This allows more blood to reach your head and scalp, increasing the blood flow to your scalp, and thereby promote hair growth. In order for exercise to make a positive impact on your hair growth, you’ll need to exercise consistently and regularly.
3. Scalp massage
Massaging your scalp will help stimulate blood circulation and thus it can keep your hair follicles nourished. Gently massage scalp with your fingertips in a circular motion. For optimal result, use essential oils, like lavender oil, almond oil, olive oil and sesame oil, to massage your scalp. This treatment should be done once or twice a week.
4. Manage your stress
Stress is a major contributor to hair loss. Researchers have found that people who experienced high levels of stress are more likely to suffer from hair loss compared to those who don’t.
The reason for this is when we’re stressed, our body produces chemicals that may interrupt our hair’s normal life cycle and thus lead to hair loss. Therefore, managing stress level is a good way to keep the hair healthy.
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5. Protect your hair from the sunlight
Prolonged exposure to the sunlight can damage hair, drying it out, and lead to subsequent breakage. So, remember to wear a hat when you’re in the sun. This is even more important if you are experiencing thinning hair, as there is less natural protection and coverage of the scalp.
6. Avoid hairstyles that pull your hair tightly
Some hairstyles that require tight pulling, such as tight ponytails, plait, and cornrows, can cause a condition called traction alopecia, which if persistent, can result in permanent hair loss. So whenever possible, avoid hairstyles that pull on your hair.