Hair loss triggers include everything from hormonal shifts, to stress and emotional trauma, to illness, overuse of hot tools or chemical treatments, and age. Most of the time thinning hair is more of a cosmetic concern than a health one, but if your hair loss is persistent you should see your doctor. If you’ve noticed your hair seems to be on the thinner side lately, and there’s no underlying medical issue, we’ve got the all-natural tips to help.
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Foods high in vitamins and minerals such as iron, zinc, and vitamin B12 can all help revitalize thinning strands. Make sure your diet includes plenty of leafy greens, nuts, beans, fish, and lean meats.
Use all-natural targeted products.
Using clean ingredients (free of fragrances and harmful toxins, parabens, and sulfates) is vital to regaining a healthy head of hair. Toxic ingredients irritate and inflame the scalp, deplete beneficial nutrients, and ultimately break down the natural hair cycle. Linda de Zeeuw of Rob Peetoom Salon in Williamsburg, Brooklyn recommends the Naturaltech Energizing line to keep existing hair healthy and strong. "Treatment for hair loss starts at the scalp. Davines Energizing gets to the root of the matter by stimulating the scalp, resulting in improved hair elasticity and the prevention of hair loss,” says de Zeeuw.
Exfoliate your scalp.
Exfoliating the scalp helps slough off more than just dead skin cells and product debris, it may also remove excess DHT (a hormone that induces hair loss) while simultaneously promoting the growth of new follicles. SOLU Sea Salt Scrub Cleanser is the perfect scalp scrub for an all-natural growth boost. For more on sea salt as an all-natural super-ingredient, see our previous post on "Seven Amazing Beauty Benefits of Sea Salt."
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Ease up on your styling.
Skip tight braids or ponytails that may pull on hair at the root and potentially lead to excessive shedding. For healthier hair use hairpins with balled ends, clips with rubber padding, and fabric hair ties instead of rubber bands. Or better yet let your hair air-dry to avoid irritating your scalp. Check out our previous post "How to Master Perfect Beach Waves Without Heat" for perfectly air-dried tendrils.
Work these all-natural hair loss tips into your daily beauty game, and you’ll be on your way to a thicker, healthier head of hair in no time. And remember, everyone sheds hair daily, which is perfectly normal, but persistent hair loss can indicate an issue, and you should see your doctor right away.
Jaclyn LaBadia, Feature Contributor
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