Hair is a part of our identity, our femininity, our security. It can make us feel beautiful, stylish, and noticeable. But unfortunately, hair loss is a common issue that millions of women face… in fact, over 21 million women in the United States alone. Here are some ways that you can prevent hair loss.
- Hair Stress – Many of us have grown up with the habit of washing our hair every day. While this won’t necessarily cause more hair to fall out, the wrong shampoo will. Avoid products with harsh detergents like sodium lauryl sulfate which can cause breakage. Also, gently massage the product into your scalp and let the water distribute the suds through your locks. However, if you want to keep colored hair brighter longer, try washing those locks every other day or every third day.
- Find the Right Hair Care Products – We’ve talked about avoiding harsh chemicals, but the right ones can make your hair healthy. While you may think conditioner makes your hair flat, it actually can make your hair more manageable, add shine, and protect it from breakage. Visiting a stylist at a reputable salon can help you choose the products that are right for your situation.
- Styles to Avoid – Gone are the big hair days of the 80’s, but many of us love our teasing combs. After all, doesn’t this trick make our hair appear thicker and fuller? Alas, while it may look good for a time, this technique can damage your hair and cause split ends and fly-aways. Many stylists recommend using special combs and style aids that bump up the hair without causing further damage. Pulling your hair tight in a pony tail or braid will also cause stress on the scalp causing hair loss. Wear it loose or down or choose tight up-dos for special occasions.
- Know How to Use Your Tools – Curling irons, round brushes, hair dryers, straightening wands, and rollers are just a few items in our arsenal of hair manipulation. The problem is that many women use them every day and on the highest setting. Try to use these tools less often and on a cooler temperature. Also, use a heat-protectant spray or gel to guard your tresses.
- OTC Treatments – While it’s unfortunate that so many women suffer from hair loss, the good news is that there are several options for women to try. There are certain vitamins that are said to help healthy hair growth such as vitamin B, iron, calcium and zinc. Topical formulations of minoxidil are also available and are approved by the FDA. (For all of these products, be sure to check with your doctor first!)
If after you’ve tried these tips and your situation doesn’t improve, make an appointment with your doctor. Hormonal changes, stress, diet, and other important diagnoses such as alopecia or trichotillomania could also contribute to hair loss and need a medical professional’s assistance. After the doctor, if you are still concerned with your appearance, make an appointment to come to Wig Works. Regardless of your situation, we can help you feel confident that your hair looks beautiful with the many options that we offer.