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Simple Lifestyle Changes that Can Slow Down Hair Loss

Regardless of gender and whether you’re young or old, none of us are looking to lose our hair. Hair loss is often tied to stress, mismanagement of scalp or hormonal changes. So what are some simple changes to make to our daily lifestyle and best ways to keep our hair healthy? In this article, we’ll be going over some of the best ways to stop hair loss or slow down hair loss. Whether you’re looking to slow down the gradual thinning or loss of your own hair or help reverse hair loss entirely, what we list in this article should be helpful.

Hair Retention Versus Hair Regrowth

Stopping hair loss and regrowing hair that’s already gone are two very different things. It’s much easier to keep hair that you have than it is to restore what’s gone; that’s why Collective Laboratories’ philosophy is to “keep it, don’t lose it.” However, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to reverse hair loss – it’s just trickier.

Focusing on keeping your hair healthy and thick while you have it is the key, though. Doing this can save you money on more expensive treatments in the long run, not to mention saving you the self-consciousness that hair loss can sometimes inspire.

There are a multitude of ways to help stave off or prevent hair loss, many of which you can incorporate together or pick and choose from as they suit you.

Care for Your Hair

Your hair care routine is one of the most critical areas to address when looking at improving your hair’s natural health. This doesn’t mean spending a fortune on hair revitalization products and services, either, although that is one option. Simply taking another look at your hair care products and routines can reveal areas where you could be taking better care of your hair.

To begin, make sure you choose your shampoo and other hair care products carefully. Using a shampoo that’s not suited to your hair type, like using a shampoo meant for oily hair when your hair is relatively dry, for example, can affect hair growth and health.

Stripping too much natural oil from the hair can lead to dryness and unhealthiness, and leaving too much natural oil can result in a dirty, oily scalp that stifles hair growth. Medicated shampoo is something to consider using, too, as it can provide notable benefits to people suffering from hair loss.

Be careful when you brush or otherwise detangle your hair, too. You’ll want to minimize pulling hair as much as possible to reduce the damage done to your hair cuticles. Try doing the following:

  • Don’t over-brush your hair.
  • Use moisturizers and wide-toothed combs to help deal with tangles.
  • Don’t pull your hair back too firmly when styling your hair, especially in braids and ponytails.
  • Use lightweight hair accessories and extensions to prevent damage to your scalp.
  • Seek professional help for any other questions you might have.

Hair loss prevention products are also created to help your body reverse hair loss or slow it down without making a lifestyle change. These products often combine hair-healthy nutrients that are taken as pills or applied to the scalp or hair. Collective Laboratories Activating Serum is an excellent example that can help address or prevent hair loss.

If you dye or otherwise chemically treat your hair, give some thought to reducing the frequency that you do it or stopping entirely. Chemical treatments can dry and damage your hair, not to mention damaging the scalp and the hair follicles themselves. If you must treat your hair, try to keep at least 12 weeks between treatments to give your hair and scalp time to recover.

Adjust Your Lifestyle

Small lifestyle changes can make a big difference in the way your hair grows, as well. For example, people who don’t get enough beneficial hair-building nutrients in their diets can suffer from thinner hair. Making small changes like those we list below to your diet or other aspects of your life can similarly affect how and where your hair grows

Keeping your stress low is a great place to start. Sometimes, it’s impossible or difficult to avoid your sources of stress altogether, but mitigating them as much as possible can help stop hair loss. Cortisol, a hormone produced when you’re under stress, affects the production and regulation of your hair follicles, so keeping this hormone at a minimum is ideal.

Change What You Eat

Eating a balanced, hair-helping diet is necessary to slow down hair loss, too. The following nutrients are some of the most important that play a role in the health of your hair:

  • Proteins
  • B-vitamins
  • Beta-carotene
  • Good fats
  • Vitamin A
  • Biotin

Foods like meats, fish, nuts, berries, and green leafy vegetables are some standout picks to encourage hair growth and reverse hair loss. Additionally, if there are nutrients that you commonly don’t get enough of in your diet, consider taking a multivitamin or other supplement to help provide them.

Limit Time in the Sun

Keep your hair health in mind when you’re spending time outside. Contrary to popular belief, wearing a hat will not cause you to lose hair, and in fact, spending a lot of time in the sun can cause indirect damage to your hair, too, just like it can to your skin. Take care to apply sunscreen to your scalp and part or wear hats while outside to minimize the damage your scalp receives from the sun.

Of course, when you’re looking into ways to stop hair loss, it’s always a good idea to consult a professional for their opinion, too. A professional will be able to help you identify strategies that work best for you, and they also might be able to prescribe or point you towards medical solutions for your hair loss, if that’s something that you desire.

Conclusion

There are numerous things you can do to help slow down hair loss or stop it altogether. The changes can be as simple as buying a new shampoo, brushing your hair more gently or eating foods that are promote hair growth and retention. With the abundance of strategies and secrets we’ve listed in this article, everyone should be able to address their own hair loss and change their habits accordingly!

By
Kathy Watson

Over her 10-year career as a journalist, Kathy has worked as a columnist and reporter for both print magazines and digital publications. She started as a beat reporter for her college newspaper covering biosciences and general science. Kathy holds a B.A. in political science. Reviewed by Collective Laboratories' Medical Advisory Board

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