Factors that cause hair loss include genetics, stress and weather conditions. But you may be joining hands with the enemy with over grooming your hair every day.
Are your efforts to sport the latest new hairdo worth losing your crowning glory by the age of 35?
Mirror tells you how you can reduce the damage while grooming your tresses.
Don’t Stress Over It
Stop blaming your maternal grandfather and forget about why your genetics are causing you to lose hair.
It is what it is and you have to deal with it no matter what the reason may be.
Worrying about it will only add more emotional stress, and failing to reduce stress in your daily life will have a lasting effect on your hair.
Living in Denial
Don’t fret about the few strands of hair you find on your pillow. It’s normal to lose up to 100 strands of hair per day.
However, it is important to take note if you find the quantity of hair loss increasing at an unnatural pace.
Don’t live in denial if the process has begun. Getting treatment during the early stages can help slow down the pace of hair loss considerably.
Let your hair breathe.
Keeping your cap on for long hours at a time can increase the stress your hair experiences. A hair band that pushes your hair back or tying your hair too tight can also can also put more stress on your strands and lead to further hair loss.
Hold Off on the Products
The use of gels, wax and pastes to help smoothen rough hair and tame those terrible tresses can backfire if you use generous amounts every day.
The flip side to hair products is that the chemicals can react with the natural components of your hair and there is nothing worse than drawing attention to thinning hair than clumps of stiff, gelled strands.
Lay it on light to keep things covered up.
Easy on the Comb
Unlike the princesses in fantasy sagas who have hand maidens to brush their hair a thousand times a day, keep your grip on that comb to a minimal use.
Brushing your mane too much stresses out your hair. Use your hands and fingertips to shape your shorter hairstyle and groom it with the natural growth pattern on your scalp.
Let go of that ponytail you have been lovingly nurturing since you were in college. Longer hairstyles only serve to accentuate what’s already gone.
A closer crop will maximise coverage, leaving no one the wiser. And if the situation is dire, go for the new-age cleanshaven look that rapper Pitbull has made popular. Hair for men is optional.
The Wet Look
Most men don’t need to wash their hair every day. Too much shampoo or conditioner on a daily basis breaks down the natural structure of your hair. This doesn’t mean you skip showers, though. Smelly guys finish last. Wet and soak your hair in your daily shower, but don’t use a shampoo each time.
Beating your hair with a rough towel and vigorous rubbing can cause serious damage. Physical force breaks off finer hairs, and newly emerging ones don’t even get a chance to survive. Use a super soft cloth and pat rather than rub the hair to rid it of excess moisture after bathing.
The quality of your hair is a sure giveaway about how healthy your body is. A balanced diet with organic meats, fruits and vegetables can strengthen your hair and your overall fitness as well. Deficiency of iron and vitamin B are also contributing factors.