Hair is often described as being a person’s crowning glory.
The way you wear your hair is part of your identity and a good hair day can do wonders for boosting your confidence.
So, if you notice your hair beginning to fall out faster than normal, it can be worrying.
Many people will experience hair loss at some point in their life. It can happen to anyone and for lots of different reasons and whether your hair will grow back depends on what is causing the hair loss.
In this article, we will explain what causes hair loss and offer some advice about what you can do if you’re experiencing it.
Which hair care products help with hair loss?
If you are experiencing hair loss, you may need to change the hair care products you use to help prevent any further loss and encourage new hair growth.
Using hair care products that contain harsh chemicals and synthetic ingredients, particularly parabens, sulfates, bad alcohols, and synthetic fragrances can exacerbate the problem. These ingredients can irritate the scalp and dry out your hair, leading to further damage and hair thinning.
Instead, those experiencing this particular affliction may benefit from higher quality, natural hair care products that contain gentler, organic ingredients that work to nourish the hair and scalp.
Look out for the following natural ingredients that promote healthy hair growth when choosing suitable natural hair care products to help with hair loss: jojoba oil, castor oil, aloe vera, rosemary essential oil, liquorice root, apple cider vinegar, and egg.
Depending on the cause of your hair loss and the severity of the problem, you may also want to find out more about the following types of products that tackle it:
- Hair growth oils – incorporating hair growth oils into your hair care regime can help to speed up the regrowth of strong and healthy hair.
- Over-the-counter shampoos – these usually contain amino acids and antioxidants to help with hair growth and repairing damaged hair.
- Prescription shampoos – these usually work by interrupting the two hormones responsible for hair loss – testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT). These products are only suitable if recommended by your doctor and are usually reserved for more serious cases of hair loss as they can also cause other unwanted side effects.
- Hair growth dietary supplements – these dietary supplements ensure that you are getting the optimum level of all nutrients key to healthy hair growth.
Can hair grow back after thinning?
Whether or not thinning hair can grow back depends on the cause of the thinning.
For some people, thinning hair is caused by their genetics and is a perfectly natural part of the ageing process. In this instance, the hair is not likely to grow back again once it has thinned.
However, if there is another cause for your thinning hair, it may grow back once you have treated the problem.
Factors that can cause hair loss
Sometimes it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what is causing hair loss because there are so many different factors that can affect the health of your hair.
Factors that can cause or contribute to hair loss include:
- Health conditions (eg. alopecia, thyroid disease, scalp infections)
- Untreated dandruff
- Environmental factors (eg. pollution, smoking, and exposure to toxins)
- A diet that lacks key nutrients
- Using the wrong hair care products for your hair type
- Using hair products containing synthetic ingredients
- Natural ageing
- Certain medications
Tips to prevent hair loss
Whilst it may be natural and inevitable for some people, others may be able to prevent hair loss by taking note of these six tips.
Live a healthy lifestyle
Your overall health can affect the condition of your hair and scalp. Getting enough sleep, not smoking, exercising, and eating a balanced diet can help to keep your hair thick and healthy.
Make sure you’re eating a balanced diet
Making sure you eat a healthy diet that is rich in nutrients can improve the condition of your hair and help to prevent hair loss. Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, iron, vitamin C, and zinc are all important for healthy hair.
Use natural hair care products
Natural hair care products contain nourishing natural ingredients that promote healthy hair growth and help to prevent hair loss. Harsh synthetic hair care products can irritate the scalp or damage the hair, causing or exacerbating hair loss problems.
Don’t over style hair
The more you mess with your hair, the faster hair loss will occur. If you’re experiencing hair loss it can help if you reduce the frequency with which you wash and style your hair and avoid using heated styling tools.
Protect hair from the sun
UVB radiation from the sun can cause hair protein loss which makes hair dry, brittle, and damaged, and leads to hair loss. Protect your hair from the sun’s UV rays by covering it up with a wide-brimmed hat or using a leave-in hair product that contains UV protection.
If dandruff is left untreated, an itchy, dry, and unhappy scalp can start shedding more hair than usual. If you do suffer from dandruff, make sure you treat the problem as soon as you notice it.
Tips to help hair growth
If you have recently experienced hair loss, then you’re not alone, it is a very common problem amongst both men and women. The following five tips may help to repair and strengthen dry or damaged hair to prevent further hair loss and promote new hair growth.
Get to the root of the problem
It will be easier to encourage hair growth if you know what is causing your hair loss in the first place. Getting to the root of the problem (no pun intended) will help you to create a more effective hair care regime that encourages new hair growth.
Homemade natural intensive masks
Whip up a DIY intensive treatment for your hair using natural ingredients that promote scalp health and hair growth. Eggs, honey, apple cider vinegar, rosemary oil, aloe vera, and castor oil can all be beneficial.
Regular scalp massages may help to speed up hair growth, even if you do it yourself at home. When the scalp is massaged, it increases blood flow to the hair follicles which can stimulate hair growth.
If you think you may have a deficiency in a particular nutrient, taking supplements may help you to quickly resolve the problem. It is also possible to buy hair growth supplements that contain all the nutrients important for hair growth.
Minimise hair styling
If you’ve been experiencing hair loss, it’s extra important that you’re gentle with your hair and scalp to allow them to recover. Going cold turkey on colouring, processing, blow-drying, and styling hair using heated tools can help your hair to recover and start regrowing quicker.