Hair Thinning Treatments and Tips

Our hair is bound up with our sexuality and self-image and it’s something we often take for granted. Until we start to notice our crowning glory is looking thinner than it used to be, or that large amounts of hair are falling out during shampooing or styling.

Hair Thinning Treatments and Tips

A certain amount of hair loss is normal, as each hair follicle produces around 20 new hairs during its lifespan. When a hair is already fully matured, it sheds and a new one grows in its place. And, as we get older, the hair suffers from volume los that may appear like thinning hair. In fact, it’s the diameter of the hairs gets smaller, so at the end when you reach 40 you simply don’t have the fullness you had when you were 20. And these weaker and thinner hair strands will not grow to the same length as the younger, thicker strands.

But thinning hair doesn’t mean that baldness is imminent. There are many causes why your hair may fall out. Medication or other medical treatments might be useful for dealing with the primary cause, yet there are tons of things that can be done to treat hair thinning regardless of the cause. But there are many things you can do on your own to treat thinning hair, in spite of the causative factor.

See below basic tips to treat thinning hair:

 

Use of hair products that are gentle

When thinning hair is already noticeable, switching to all-natural, gentle hair products are advisable. Many shampoos, conditioners, and other products contain chemicals that can harm the scalp and hair and can speed up hair loss and damage the hair that’s left.

  • Use shampoo that doesn’t contain alcohol and sulfates. These ingredients are very damaging and drying to the hair.
  • Look for conditioner without silicone content. These may weigh the hair down leading to hair thinning.
  • Look for hair styling products made with natural ingredients.

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Lack of Protein and Hair Loss

Vitamin and mineral deficiency is one of the biggest problems plaguing the collective health of the world, but no one seems to notice. It is not unwise to consider, perhaps a great deal of health problems could be avoided entirely if one is to implement a diet ripe with all essential vitamins and minerals. One such case of a deficiency causing unwanted side-effects, is a lack of protein resulting in hair loss.

Okay – maybe this is beyond “slight” hair loss!

So you’ve been slightly balding for a while, and it’s even progressed to the point now where you feel people are starting to take notice. You scratch your head, as if you’re almost in a state of denial and disbelief, wondering why you’ve been affected as such – “I’m only 27, why the hell am I balding? This doesn’t make any sense. I’m too young to go bald!” You’ve searched online after  You’ve stumbled upon this article, and an epiphany hits you – “My diet has always sucked! But who’s doesn’t? And I don’t have time to count calories every day, that seems redundant and excessive. Maybe it’s a lack of protein causing my hair loss, and I should just focus on getting more of that into my daily diet.”

So now you’re gonna try and get more protein into your diet, in a hopes of quelling your hairs rebellious transition to baldness. Of course, right off the bat the most obvious choice leaps out at you – you’re gonna go to GNC and pick up some weight-lifting supplements. Weight Gain 5000 Triple Shot O’ Protein seems like it’s a great thing to delve into, but realize supplements are just that – they’re supplemental to your diet, not something you use as a replacement entirely. Here’s some quick protein tips:

Casein Protein is slow acting, and best taken before going to bed. It gives your body a steady flow of amino acids over the course of time you sleep. Perfect shake to make right before you crash.
Whey Protein is much faster acting and wise to take immediately after working out.

But again, you don’t want to rely entirely on powdered protein to meet your daily protein needs. (Which is something you should probably figure out. Google search protein calculator and figure out how much you should be striving for daily. Bearing that mind, you’ll probably realize you need way more protein rich food in your diet. This includes general tips like….

  • Delicious fish is rich with protein
  • Can never go wrong with chicken or turkey
  • Lean beef and veal – good for the taste, and for the protein intake
  • Tofu…wait, really, tofu?!
  • 4 – 6 eggs for breakfast every morning, you say?
  • Milk, milk, and more milk. I personally drink a giant cup of chocolate milk every day, for taste and gains simultaneously.

You gotta eat for two if your ultimate goal is to gain weight and are a slow gainer. But if what you’re looking for is luscious locks, and thus need more protein, try and follow some of the guidelines outlined above. Just imagine how delicious protein rich meat would taste  after smoked in the best charcoal smoker you could snag, or how delicious a juicy steak would be on the grill on a nice summer morning. Don’t think of protein intake as a job or chore, think of it as an opportunity to expand your taste buds horizons.

 

Healthy Food for Healthy Hair

Your appearance is important, both in a personal and professional setting.  It instantly tells people information that you want them to know about you.  Of course, we should judge everyone individually by his/her merits, but before you get a chance to talk to someone, you see them!

That is one of the reasons that hair loss, or thinning hair, can be so frustrating.  It can be very difficult to disguise, and even more difficult to combat.  And, it can say to people that you are first meeting – “This person is old,” even though hair thinning can happen to anyone at any age.  You can go out and buy a great outfit or a new pair of shoes, but you will still have that same head of hair!

Incorporate Hair Friendly Foods into Your Diet

Let’s talk about some food you can eat that will help with hair thinning.  You may be surprised to learn that “junk” food isn’t on this list!  You guessed it – food that is good for your body internally (heart healthy food) is usually also good for your hair.  Even if this doesn’t help your hair loss, it will probably make you feel better, which in turn will make you look better, which will help you make a great first impression.

  1.  Salmon – really – is there anything that this isn’t good for?  Not that I know of!  Salmon is rich in protein, vitamin D, and omega 3 fatty acids, and your body needs lots of fatty acids to grow hair.
  2. Eggs – Four key minerals that are found in eggs are zinc, selenium, sulfur, and iron.  Low iron can be a major cause of hair loss, especially in women (women lose a lot of iron in their monthly cycles)
  3. Spinach – Spinach gives you plenty of iron, folate , beta carotene and vitamin C.  If you aren’t a big fan of spinach, look to its cousins including broccoli, kale and chard.
  4. Greek yogurt – Greek yogurt is pretty mainstream these days, so you don’t have to go to a specialty grocer to find it, and even the big box grocery stores have their own brands now.  Greek yogurt is rich in Vitamin B5 and Vitamin D, and current research indicates a potential link between Vitamin D and hair follicle health.
  5. Blueberries – too little Vitamin C in your diet can lead to hair breakage, but lucky for you, blueberries are rich in Vitamin C!  Other fruits you can look to for a little Vitamin C are kiwis tomatoes, and strawberries.

Incorporating hair friendly foods into your diet doesn’t have to be boring.  Only popeye would be happy eating raw spinach at every meal, but if you like chopping, or have a mini food processor, you can chop spinach and mix it in with eggs and cottage cheese to stuff into shells.  Or you can make a yogurt smoothie with greek yogurt and blueberries in a food processor or blender.  Be creative, and hopefully you will start seeing the results in your outward appearance in no time!  The video below also had some great tips!

 

Medical Treatments for Hair Loss in Men and Women

Nowadays, the stigma on hair loss or thinning in men and women is so immense that many are hiding away. Such condition can be too devastating for the majority as it attacks confidence and self-esteem. Fortunately, there are tons of medical treatments for hair loss in men and women that are readily available. Continue reading

How to Take Control of Hair Loss

How to Take Control of Hair Loss

Hair loss has many causes, and that includes genetics, stress, pollution, mineral deficiency and diet. More than 30% of the population suffers from this condition, and of that third, thousands are females.

Whatever the cause of hair loss, it’s important to understand what hair loss is, how hair grows, and what you could do before hair loss becomes an issue. In this article, you will find a few simple techniques where you can implement at home to reduce and control hair loss. Continue reading

Thinning Hair Symptoms for Young Women

Sudden hair thinning is a common and upsetting condition affecting young women. It can greatly affect their self-esteem and it’s a problem that must be addressed appropriately. Being aware and educated on the causes of this problem will help females to deal with it in the best possible way.. Continue reading

Typical Causes for Thinning Hair or Hair Loss

Thinning and hair loss are typical conditions that strike a lot of people at some point throughout their lifetime. In men, androgenic hair loss is seen significantly although it can also happen to women. Other causes of hair loss and thinning include malnutrition, anemia, and illnesses such as thyroid disease. Continue reading