Tips for Combating Hair Loss
Hey, Emily here! My friend and hairstylist Christina wrote this article as a response to the damage my hair and scalp experienced from Methotrexate and autoimmune disease in general. I’ve been implementing these tips for 5 months now and I can report a dramatic increase in hair health. Enjoy!
Hair loss can occur for a variety of reasons. With age, everyone’s hair changes. Hair loss and thinning can be the result of stress, medication, illness, diet and plain and simple, genetics. Looking at your lifestyle and pinpointing the reasons behind why or how the hair loss is occurring is an important step, and there is no one size fits all approach.
Preventing & Treating Hair Loss
Try to avoid tight ponytails, braids, and anything else that could put pressure on the hair. Pulling causes breakage, especially in the hairline. The hairline is comprised of very fine hair and prone to breakage, so picture what happens when you pull that hair all the way to the back of your head into a tight ponytail!
Keep in mind hair stretches 30% when wet, so especially try to avoid pulling your hair back tightly when it’s wet.
Update your hair ties! Switch over from the old school rubber band ones to something less constricting on the hair. Goomees are a really great option. They fold into the hair so it doesn’t break or add too much pressure no matter how many times you wrap it around. You also avoid that tight ponytail headache! I’ve had girls in my chair who constantly put their hair in tight ponytails and have a band of frayed, broken hair on the area where they wrap the ponytail holder.
Avoid hats! Not to say never wear one, but if you’re really concerned about hair breakage/loss, it’s best to not do anything that will constrict or suffocate the scalp and pull on the hair in any way.
Shampoo & Conditioner
Avoid any shampoo like a Rogaine. You will see results but the product will train you to need it. The minute you switch to a different product you take yourself right back to square one. I would say even be aware of something like a Nioxin. A great product option is the Malibu C Pro line. Their Scalp Wellness line is a great, gentle option to start with. I love it because it’s completely Vegan and has ingredients like Rosemary and Spearmint Leaf which are both great for stimulating the scalp. Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp, and creating a healthy environment for hair to grow is imperative. This particular shampoo cleanses the hair follicle without clogging it, which can happen when you use drugstore shampoo filled with who knows what in them. Balancing the pH of your scalp is important to support new hair growth. I’ve had clients with Alopecia, post Chemo and during Chemo use it with success and no irritation. It doesn’t need to be this particular product but my point is do thorough product research-that advice is universal. It takes 27 seconds for anything your put on your skin or scalp to be absorbed into your bloodstream!
Curling irons, flat irons, etc.
It would be unrealistic to say never to use one but just be aware of the heat settings. Another hairdresser once told me “you cook pizza at 450 degrees, you shouldn’t be touching your hair with that type of heat.” If anything, please please please always use heat protectant.
I’ll always recommend talking to a doctor about this part but incorporating Biotin or Collagen into your daily vitamins and supplements might be something to look into. Your diet is also worth considering. Are you lacking anything? Is it high protein and maybe too low in fat? Everyone requires a different diet but just like anything else a balanced diet with lots of veggies and nutrients is great for your hair. If you haven’t already, maybe do a quick test at the doctor and see what vitamins your body may be lacking that could be having a negative affect on the hair. What is happening on the inside affects the outside!