Our luscious locks are so closely bonded with our sense of self-identity that we can’t accept not having them. Even the thought causes us deep pain. That’s why paying attention to your hair health is important. And this begins with self-awareness about its causes.
Inherited genes, bad styling, poor nourishment and a chaotic lifestyle are some of the main factors that cause hair loss. More than half of them can be addressed by adjusting your daily routine. Below we’ve compiled a short guide that tells you what you should and shouldn’t do in pursuit of better health for your hair. Firstly, let’s start with five things to avoid doing.
Don’t Pile on the Products
Increasing the number of hair products you’re using doesn’t result in improved hair health or a better hairstyle. On the contrary, combining different hairstyle products and piling masses of product on your hair can lead to harmful effects from the chemicals they contain. Alcohol and polyethene, for example, are two key ingredients of these products that could cause your hair to become brittle and weak if used together.
Don’t Waste Money on ‘Miracle Cures’
When it comes to some products, there’s always the promise of instant results and ‘miracle cures’. Resist the urge to purchase these products. Hair regrowth is a slow, challenging process, so if a low-price product claims to restore lost follicles instantly, that’s a red flag. Moreover, these same products may have side effects, so don’t take action without first doing your own research and consulting with hair professionals.
Don’t Wear Tightly Pulled Hairstyles
Hairstyles that tighten your hair can be one of the reasons why your hair falls out. Avoid these hairstyles that force your hair into tight styles. The worst offenders are cornrows, dreadlocks, ponytails and buns. Rollers also tighten your strands too much and might cause hair loss. Dermatologists suggest avoiding wearing them while sleeping and limiting them to specific occasions only.
Don’t Expose Your Hair to High Temperatures
High temperatures can potentially cause damage to your hair. Staying out under direct sunlight too long or the excessive use of heating tools to style your hair are both harmful activities. While high temperatures aren’t thought to cause hair loss directly, consistent exposure to heat reduces hair volume and makes it prone to breaking.
Don’t Increase the Dosage
We tend to think that if we increase the dosage of something it will bring quicker results, but this is not how hair products function. Our body can only process a certain amount of chemicals in a healthy way. Seeking to achieve faster results by overdosing or diversifying the number of treatments won’t work. Don’t be impatient! Chances are that you will see positive results after a period of only two to four months.
What to Do?
Now that you know what not to do, let’s take a look at what you should be doing for improved hair health. This advice is applicable if you are currently losing hair or have seen early signs of hair loss and want to prevent it from developing further.
Do Seek Professional Advice
Causes of hair loss differ from person to person, and no treatment should be started without understanding the main reason for your hair loss. Therefore, receiving professional advice could prevent you from treating your hair inappropriately. Vinci hair experts have helped patients worldwide and can help treat your hair loss properly. Whether the main cause of your hair loss is a styling issue or a nutritional deficiency, we’ll diagnose it for you.
Do Stay Positive
Focusing on your hair loss and constantly worrying about it won’t do you any good. Be aware that we all experience hair loss to a certain extent during our lifetime. Stressing about it may cause anxiety that could further damage hair follicles and cause their fallout. Telogen effluvium, which is one of the main hair loss conditions, is worsened by psychological stress. Focus on building a healthy routine that includes plenty of exercise, mediation or yoga to reduce stress.
Do Choose Healthy Hairstyles
Picking a hairstyle that minimises the pressure on hair strands will greatly reduce hair shedding. For instance, choosing a short hair hairstyle will reduce the pressure on your hair follicles. As a bonus, it’s easy to maintain. Other hairstyles such as shaggy cuts, short bobs or layered hairstyles reduce hair loss and, at the same time, can be used to cover thinning areas of your hair.
Do Regulate Your Diet
The growth cycle of your hair requires regular nourishment if it is to flourish. If you want healthier hair, therefore, start making changes to your diet. Ensure that it includes plenty of proteins and iron, for a start. Diets are divided into two categories: macro (protein-rich diet) and micro (minerals and vitamins). Both are important for your hair health. Foods such as nuts, yoghurt, and spinach have proven beneficial, and you should consider adding them to your diet.
Do Add Natural Remedies to Your Routine
You should consider using natural remedies to improve the health of your hair. Applying them is generally easy; many are topical treatments that you can apply directly to your scalp or hair. Ingredients such as Shikakai (rich in minerals and antioxidants), and rosemary or coconut oil strengthen follicles and can reduce hair loss.
Hair loss occurs at any age and to different degrees. There is no ‘magical’ haircare product that can stop it. Do not increase the dosage of your treatment or even decide to treat your hair with certain products without consulting with an expert first. Vinci Hair Clinic is offering a free consultation for our new clients. Get in touch with us and book your appointment today!