Clogged shower drains and clumps of hair on your hairbrush freaking you out? Well, the good news is that shedding 50 to 100 hair strands every day is usual for the hair growth cycle. But, the bad news is that if you start losing a significant amount of hair and notice bald spots, it is definitely NOT normal! It’s a trigger warning for you to start giving your hair some extra TLC.
Genetic is the first and major cause of hair loss which can make you more predisposed to balding and thinning. Other factors include pollution, lack of vitamins, stress, over-use of heat-styling tools, crash diets and harsh chemical treatments. So, how do you prevent chronic hair fall? Here are 5 fail-proof solutions to treat the issue at its roots.
Master the art of sneaky styling
If you don’t want further hair fall, you need to get smart about two things—heat-styling tools and hairstyling in general. Using straighteners and curling irons every single day can take a serious toll on the health of your mane. Exposing your hair to excess heat can make it brittle and prone to breakage. Therefore, either turn down the temperature or limit the use of heat-styling tools.
Even when it comes to hairstyles, avoid wearing tight buns, braids or ponytails as they can weaken the hair follicles and lead to further hair loss.
Eat a diet rich in proteins
What you eat has a great impact on the health of your mane. Since your hair is made of 85 per cent protein, it is ideal to include a lot of proteins in your daily diet. From lean meat and eggs to yoghurt and cottage cheese, increasing your intake of proteins will leave you with stronger, thicker and healthier tresses.
Apart from proteins, including iron in your diet is equally important. Iron is essential for hair growth. So, if you’re someone who is struggling with excess hair fall and hair loss issues, then changing your diet can be of great help. Also, stay away from crash diets completely!
Pamper your scalp with a regular massage
Giving yourself a scalp massage regularly not only boosts blood circulation in the scalp but also improves the condition of your hair and scalp, making it healthier and enhancing the strength of the roots. And that’s not all! A scalp massage also stimulates hair growth.
Stress is one of the biggest causes of hair loss. Treating yourself to a scalp massage relaxes you, thus, reducing hair loss problems. The best way to pamper your hair and scalp is to massage hot oil into your scalp before going for a hair wash. All you need to do is very gently pull on your hair using all your fingers. While you should feel tension, make sure you don’t pull so hard that it hurts. Then, slowly work your way around the scalp until all your hair has been lightly pulled.
Use shampoos free of harsh chemicals
Using shampoos and conditioners that contain sodium lauryl sulfate is a strict no-no. They have the power to irritate, damage and even burn your hair follicles. Therefore, sulfate-free formulations can be your best bet especially if you have chronic hair fall. We suggest you get your hands on the Tresemme Hair Fall Defense Shampoo that reinforces the strength in your hair and prevents hair fall. Infused with keratin protein, washing your hair with this shampoo provides hydration as well as elasticity to your tresses. Each time you wash your hair, make sure you follow it up with the Tresemme Hair Fall Defense Conditioner that makes your hair softer, smoother and more manageable.
Exercise… to reduce stress levels
Sometimes, de-stressing is all you need to control hair fall. Did you know that stress hormones such as epinephrine and cortisol can interfere with your natural hair growth? It is, therefore, important to include exercise in your lifestyle.
Either go running or jogging, spend a few minutes meditating or enrol yourself in a dance or Zumba class. Anything that can help reduce stress is good for the health of your locks.