It wasn’t until my boyfriend sent me a photo of the clump of hair I had left on his bedroom floor by the mirror that I realised I had a problem.
Look, this is me:
I have long hair and lots of it. I somehow have the ability constantly losing hair but it never getting any thinner. I’m magic, fear me. Although I’m not so much worried about going bald just at the moment, I’m starting to get frustrated with finding my hair everywhere. It’s a bit gross and very embarrassing.
So here are some tips I’ve been trying to follow lately to help prevent hair loss:
Limit use of heat.
This might seem obvious to some, but did you know that using a hair dryer not only damages your hair but can permanently damage your hair follicles?
Because of how frizzy, wild and wavy my hair is, I always use straighteners if I’m going to leave the house and be seen by muggles. To try and limit the use of heat, I try to wash my hair on an evening where possible so I don’t need to try it with a hair dryer.
Limit the use of dyes and chemicals.
People always comment on how good of a condition my hair is to say I straighten it almost daily, I think it’s because I don’t use any dyes or bleach on it. Bleaching weakens your hair and by removing its natural pigment, it can change the structure of it so it’s more susceptible to damage.
I know having pastel hair is very on fleek right now, but remember to never dye it more often than every six weeks to avoid causing too much damage.
Don’t tug your hair too tight.
Wearing hair in a tight ponytail, braids or other hair styles where it’s fastened with clips can also cause hair loss if you’re wearing your hair like this on a regular basis.
Use a decent hair brush.
Using a rubbish brush can leave your hair, well, rubbish. Aim for brushes with natural fibres and never use a brush when it’s wet, opt for a comb instead.
Consume enough iron.
We all know that not having enough iron is bad for you and can lead to anaemia, but did you know that anaemia disrupts the supply of nutrients to your follicles. You can get iron from red meat, fish and green chemicals such as kale, spinach and kale.
Consume enough protein.
A deficiency in protein can lead to dry and weak hair causing it to fall out. Getting enough protein can help to provide the amino acids that strengthen hair. It can be found in shampoos, but it’s protein from your diet that will help improve the condition of your hair and prevent hair loss if you eat it in large enough quantities more than a shampoo!
Besides containing protein, many foods rich in protein also contain Vitamin B-12.
Some of us are probably thinking about dieting some time after the new year. Too many stuffing balls, innit. But if you’re not getting enough calories by going on a silly crash diet, it may lead to temporary hair loss. Your body needs minerals and vitamins to build and maintain your hair.
If you are wanting to lose weight, make sure you take it steady and feed yourself, otherwise you may end up losing more than just pounds.
Stress can cause us to lose hair, so make sure you’re getting enough time to relax and do the things you enjoy doing, this is really important if you have a busy lifestyle or job. Things like meditation, yoga, exercise, or even a glass of wine while watching the Gilmore Girls with no other distractions around can help!
Go to the doctor.
Of course, before you consider something like a wig or FUE hair transplant, know when to take yourself to the doctor.
If you’re the amount of hair that’s falling out is more than you would like and you’re starting to worry about it, then it’s important to go to your GP. While it’s normal for hair to fall out, if it starts falling out more than usual, or fast at an early age, or you’re getting bald spots on your scalp and eyebrows – it’s time to seek medical advice.
Does your hair fall out a lot?