Dos and Don’ts of Hairloss Prevention in Women

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Hair loss is often associated with men, but the truth is that they are not the only ones at risk of losing their hair.

 


 

Millions of women suffer from hairloss, so it is definitely not just a man’s problem. Research shows that hairloss in women can occur in their 50s or 60s, but it can happen at any age. Some women may be genetically predisposed to hairloss, while others may experience it for other reasons such as childbirth, stress, menopause, vitamin deficiencies, and hormonal imbalances.

Whatever the root cause may be, all women can benefit from proactively taking care of their hair to prevent hairloss. Take note of these dos and don’ts to keep your hair healthy:

Dos

Check for signs of hairloss.

Monitor your hair for the top signs of hairloss. Check for changes in volume and density, how wide your part line is, and how visible your scalp is. Also check for how much hair accumulates on your brushes, pillows, and the shower drain. Seek professional help if you notice any of these changes.

Eat well

Hairloss can also be prevented from within. An important nutrient in hair health is biotin, which keeps hair from becoming frail and thin. Strengthen your hair by including biotin-rich foods like fish, nuts, carrots, cucumbers, and fruits in your daily diet.

Manage your stress

Stress can disrupt the hair’s natural growth cycle, which can eventually cause hairloss. Take time to engage in calming activities such as yoga and meditation after a long day.

Get plenty of Vitamin E

Getting the recommended daily amount of Vitamin E can strengthen your locks and help encourage new hair growth. Add vitamin E-rich foods like nuts, seeds, sunflower oil, and green vegetables to your diet; or take supplements.

Don’ts

Smoking

Cigarette smoke has thousands of chemicals, many of which are toxic. These harmful chemicals affect all areas of the body, including the hair. Smoking has a negative impact on your circulation in general, which means blood flow to your hair follicles is impaired.  This disrupts the normal hair growth cycle, resulting in thinning hair and eventually, hairloss.

Heavy drinking

An occasional drink or two is fine, but binge drinking is another story. Drinking heavily can dehydrate the body and deprive the scalp of the nutrients and stability it needs for hair growth.

Use Oral Contraceptives with High Androgen

If you are taking birth control pills, it’s important that you are aware of any harmful effects of the “pill” on normal hair growth. The American Hair Loss Association recommends the use of low-androgen index birth control pills. If there is a family history of hairloss, the use of another non-hormonal form of birth control is recommended.

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