Here are ten essential tips that have been tested and approved to stop hair loss.
1. Get a water filter
Consider installing a water filter in your shower. This removes chlorine, heavy metals and certain bacteria that cause hair loss and breakage.
2. Do not wash hair often
Washing your hair helps to prevent hair loss, as it keeps your hair and scalp, and prevents the chances of infections that might cause hair loss. However, do not to wash your hair too often because shampoo can strip hair of its natural oils – aim for once a week at most. If your hair gets very greasy, use a dry shampoo instead.
If your hair is ready to be washed, this is a good time to do a hair treatment. Whether you use a serum, hair mask or natural oils, massage the treatment onto your scalp, and leave your hair in a bun for the entire day before washing it.
3. Change the way you wash your hair
When washing your hair, try to wash the scalp only and avoid washing the ends. When rinsing the shampoo out, the ends will get clean by themselves. This way you are preventing your hair from getting tangled, so you do not have to brush it as much.
4. Do not brush your hair often
Avoid brushing wet hair and rubbing it dry with a towel. Let it air dry, or blow dry it to the point of dampness and let it dry from there. Use a good hairbrush – the way you brush can have a big impact on its condition. Go for a soft brush made from natural fibers, and be gentle.
5. Do oil treatments regularly
Natural oils such as argan, coconut, macadamia and almond are rich in acids and vitamins that can help make dry, frizzy, unruly hair softer, shinier and more manageable. It also reduces breakage and speeds up hair growth. Heat up any natural oil so it is warm, but not too hot. Let it cool off for a bit, then massage it gently into your scalp. Put on a shower cap and leave it on for an hour, then shampoo.
6. Eat high-protein food
Eating lean meats, fish, soy and other proteins may help reduce hair loss. Many foods rich in protein also contain vitamin B-12, which is great for your hair.
7. Take hair supplements
If your protein and iron intake are not enough, supplements will give you a boost. Recommended supplements are Biotin, Viviscal and Omega-3 fish oil.
8. Stop using heat on your hair
Limit your use of hair dryers, straighteners and curl irons, since heat weakens hair proteins. Constant heating and drying can lead to brittleness and fragility that can cause hair loss. Dry it naturally more often than with heat.
9. Stop coloring your hair
Coloring your hair, especially bleaching, makes it harder to stop hair falling out. Bleaching removes the natural pigment because of its chemicals. By doing this, you are changing the structure of your hair and making it more vulnerable to damage.
10. Drink lots of water
Drink plenty of good-quality water. Drink bottled water, or have a filter installed under your sink. Drink at least four to eight cups a day to stay hydrated and grow healthy hair.