While age and genetics are two factors we can’t control when it comes to receding hairlines, thinning hair, and hair loss, these should not be reasons for giving up on your crowning glory. Prevention is better than despair and those little efforts you put in to taking care of your hair and scalp makes a world of difference.
Keeping your hair fuller, healthier, and looking its best will, however, require work like everything else in life. The bottom line: preventing hair loss is not the end of the world. It pays to get to the root of the problem to know what you can do.
Root cause #1: Stressful lifestyle
A highly stressful lifestyle can lead to hair shedding. Here, you can lose as many as 150 to 200 strands a day. It helps that studies are continually being done to show the link between stress and hair loss or hair thinning. One recent study published in The Harvard Gazette helped researchers identify ‘the biological mechanism that confirms the long-standing observation that chronic stress can lead to hair loss.’ In an experiment where a mouse is placed under chronic stress, it found that hair follicle stem cells stayed in a resting phase for a very long time without regenerating tissues. The resting phase is when “the stem cells are quiescent, and hairs shed more easily.”
Other known types of hair loss triggered by stress are alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease that develops when your immune system attacks your hair follicles; and telogen effluvium which happens when ‘there’s a change to the number of hair follicles that are actually growing hair.’
What you can do:
1. Learn some relaxation techniques such as meditation and breathing exercises to lessen stress.
2. Exercise. It goes a long way in managing stress by producing happy chemicals in the brain.
3. Apply hair mask to hydrate the follicles, nourish the scalp, strengthen the strands, and add shine to your hair.
4. Give yourself regular head and scalp massages using scalp lotions with natural ingredients that stimulate healthy growth of new hair.
Root cause #2: Unhealthy diets
Not only do healthy foods rich in protein, biotin, and antioxidants contribute to healthy hair but so does a well-balanced diet. Sudden restrictions in calorie intake can deprive the follicles of much needed nutrients and lead to hair loss. So best to stay away from crash diets because they limit essential nutrients that your follicles need to feed on to stay healthy.
What you can do:
1. Go for fatty fish such as tuna, mackerel, and salmon which are rich in protein, selenium, and B vitamins that promote healthy hair.
2. Eat foods rich in Vitamin A such as carrots, squash and sweet potatoes. They assist the body in producing sebum, an oil that protects hair by moisturizing the scalp.
3. Avoid single food diets that take a toll on the body such as juice diet, zero-carb diet, fruit diet, or soup diet. While they may result in weight loss, they can lead to falling or thinning hair.
Root cause #3: Bad hair habits
Many of our everyday habits contribute to breakage and hair fall but we don’t realize this. Frequent exposure to heat is one. Whether it’s from the sun, hot showers, blowers, constant styling, or hot hair treatments, heat can damage shafts and lessen moisture therefore making hair brittle and prone to breakage.
Using products with a heavy chemical base is another. Chemicals used in hair products such as fragrance, volumizer, straightener, or preservatives can be harmful if not on the hair then on the skin and scalp. Some are strong enough to strip the hair of its natural oils, leaving them dry and brittle.
Lastly, brushing or combing the hair while wet is perhaps the most common bad hair habit we continue to do. Hair is at its weakest when wet because it is prone to tangling, resulting in avoidable ‘hair casualties’ whose time weren’t supposed to be up yet.
What you can do:
1. Avoid the sun to protect your hair from UV rays that can make the hair dry and brittle.
2. Before taking a bath, comb hair from scalp to tip with a fine tooth comb to remove any knots or tangles.
3. Rinse hair with cold water to help close scalp pores and lock in moisture while at the same time protecting it from oil, grease, and dust.
4. Pat your hair dry instead of rubbing it vigorously with a towel to avoid friction that can lead to hair fall.
5. If using a dryer, apply heat protectant on the hair to avoid drying and brittleness. Better yet, just air dry your hair.
6. Go for hair products with natural ingredient, specifically those that combine plants and herbs that decrease hair fall and promote hair growth.
Novuhair, which is proudly Philippine made, has a combination of 19 herbal key ingredients such as moringa, ginger, black pepper, virgin coconut oil, Indian gooseberry, among others. Its makers like to think of Novuhair as nature's answer to hair loss. Novuhair is clinically-tested to combat excessive hair fall, receding hairline, hair thinning, and bald patches. It comes in the form of a topical scalp lotion, shampoo, and conditioner in 200 ml bottles that lasts up to three to four months. The FDA registered product is also 100% compliant to the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD), meaning it is free of parabens.
Hair loss is not the end of the world. There are a lot of smart and safe ways that can help solve hair problems. Consider our abovementioned suggestions and don't give up on your hair.