I think we’d all be lying if we didn’t admit that we all crave thick, luscious hair. While some of us weren’t graced with naturally thick hair, there are a bunch of us who struggle to maintain the amount of hair we do have. Hair shedding is the biggest culprit to blame. What seems like a harmless part of having long hair can quickly turn into a real problem that starts to affect the thickness of your hair.
I have suffered from this quite a bit and wanted to find a solution for years. No matter who I asked, no one could answer how to stop my hair from falling out. After years of hair loss and headache, I decided to do the work myself. With some research and a bit of trial and error, I managed to find some treatments that are actually helpful as well as the leading causes of this issue to look out for.
Before I could look at solutions, I had to ask why is my hair shedding? I had to address the root of the problem to ensure that I could have the best chances at reversing the damage. There are quite a few factors to blame. For some, certain ones will come into play more than others, but here are the top 4 reasons:
- Stress: This is the number one reason for hair loss. We all know that saying “You’re making my hair fall out”. The saying didn’t come from nowhere. Large amounts of stress can cause significant hair loss. That is why it is crucial not only for your hair but for your overall health to manage your stress, try to avoid stressful situations if at all possible, and find stress relief methods to help keep your mind and body healthy. The two are intertwined, so if your mind is unhealthy, your body will follow and vice versa.
- Diet: On the same note, diet plays a huge role in your overall health. This means taking a break from the midnight snack and working towards a well-rounded diet including the correct amount of carbs, protein, and healthy fats. There are loads of guides on this, so find a plan or method that suits your life the best. Not only is this great for overall energy and weight loss, but it gives your body the necessary nutrients to function properly, including the amount of hair growth!
- Sleep: A personal enemy of mine. Keeping a proper sleep schedule is vital in reducing hair loss. Although we might enjoy scrolling on our phones or having a late night out, our body needs rest. Give yourself that care and trade-in for an early night to see how much better you feel. Your hair will thank you, as well as just about everything else. Sleep is the key to so many issues, so give Tik Tok a break!
- Genetics: This is the most unfortunate of the bunch. Genetics are something we can’t change. If premature hair loss runs in your family, there will not be as much treatment. However, don’t lose hope. Having poor examples of the top three causes can speed up the inevitable, so it is always a good idea to try and slow the process down by taking better care of your health in these ways.
Other than preventative measures, there are some treatments to help repair the damage of hair loss. The key to each of the treatments is to be consistent and patient. Repairing damage takes time, so don’t be discouraged when you don’t see radical changes at the beginning.
- Vitamins: Vitamins can do wonders on your hair. For those of us lacking that needed nutrients, what better way to get it than to take a supplement meant specifically for hair growth. There are hundreds of options on the market, so do your diligent research beforehand.
- Scalp Scrubs: The scalp can accumulate build-up from products, the environment, and changes in the weather. However, it came about, this can add to the hair shedding dilemma. Invest in a scalp scrub to help massage the scalp and remove the build-up. Use this in the shower while you shampoo your hair and slowly but steadily, your hair should start feeling lighter and freer. Be sure to check out my other article about scalp build-up as well.
- Serums and Conditioners: A lot of times our hair is needing extra moisture. This can come in the form of hair oil, serums, leave-in conditioners, and more. Each has its own benefits and can even be used together at times. Talk to your hairstylist or research the best products for your hair type to get a running start. The right product can make a world of difference and turn your small ponytail into a thick one in no time.