Hair loss is a common problem that can be caused by a number of conditions. Among them are over-processing of the hair, thyroid problems and other illnesses, overly oily scalp, dandruff, nutrition problems, hormone imbalances caused by pregnancy or menopause in women or excessive testosterone in men and simple stress. If you are suffering from hair loss, read on to find out what you can do to address the problem.
The first thing you should do is visit your doctor to find out what the cause of your hair loss is. Even if you have not undergone any significant outward changes in your life, the fact is that just getting older can cause hair loss. Your hair loss problem may be hereditary, yet your doctor may be able to tell you a number of things you can do to slow or stop your loss of hair. If your problem is caused by an illness, proper treatment will resolve the problem.
Many people worry that excessive washing of the hair may cause hair loss. Surely, if carried to the extreme, this is true; however, the frequency of washing is not as important as the products used. Be sure to choose gentle, natural products carefully. Additionally, take care to address your hair’s needs as the seasons change. If you are very active in the summer time, you will want a product that gently removed dirt, oils and sweat. In the winter, you may want a more nourishing product that protects your hair and scalp from the elements.
Always seek out hair care products that are gentle and will not disrupt the pH levels of your hair and scalp. Harsh products tend to add a more acidic element to the scalp causing a build-up of dead cells. This can block hair growth. Ideally, you want to choose a product that removes dead skin cells yet does not strip the natural oils of the scalp. Do not add non-natural oils such as mineral oil or petroleum jelly as these can also block follicles and disrupt hair production.
Be sure to eat right to combat hair loss. Poor nutrition is a well known cause of hair loss. Make it a point to eat a natural, healthy diet of lean protein sources, fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains and healthful oils such as olive oil, grapeseed oil and other sources of omega 3 fatty acids. All of these work together to enhance your overall health including the health of your hair and scalp. Drink plenty of water and add enhancements to your water such as lemon juice and apple cider vinegar to help keep your entire system pH balanced. Take a good multivitamin that is rich in biotin and folic acid to benefit skin, hair and nails.
When you follow the tips presented here, you will enjoy the best of overall health while making the most of the hair you have. You will also keep a healthy scalp that will produce the most possible hair naturally. While you may not have the instant, dramatic affects afforded by pharmaceutical treatments, you will also not have the unpleasant side effects so often associated with these. Follow these tips to grow healthy, natural hair.