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Thinning Hair: Why It Happens And How To Stop It

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There’s nothing more distressing than watching your hair shed…all over your house and everywhere you go…

In the shower. When you’re sitting on the couch just running your fingers through your hair and suddenly your fingers are all tangled with hair. Hair sticking to the soles of your shoes because, when you take a closer look at the floor, you notice that there is a coat of something distinctly hairy covering the ground you walk on. How lovely.

Most of us would rather not be able to relate to the above scenario. But if you are nodding your head right now, do not despair. There are several treatments for hair loss. As with most conditions, if you are experiencing thinning hair the first step would be to identify what may be causing it before deciding on an effective treatment plan.

1. Stress And Hair Loss

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Stress has the potential to cause hair loss.

 

Are you surprised? I am aware that this does pose the question of the chicken or the egg: is the hair loss causing stress or is the stress causing hair loss? I imagine both. If you do not believe your thinning hair is a result of stress, there are other explanations for hair loss. If you do lead a stressful life, I have good news for you. There are ways to minimize the stress of daily living with some internal work and mindset switches.

One tried and true way to reduce stress is with meditation. Take some time just to breathe every day. Give yourself time every day to unwind tense nerves and relax. You could do this by meditating, doing yoga or anything that you find relaxing. This will help you to forget all, or at least some, of the worries that you shoulder daily. Also, make sure to sleep enough. Lack of sleep can produce the stress hormone cortisol. And as I said above, stress = hair loss. So make sure you’re getting those zzz’s.

2. Medications And Hair Loss

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Medications and lifestyle can cause hair loss.

If your hair is thinning, it may be worthwhile to look through any medications you are taking. Speak to your doctor about side effects they may be causing you. Hair loss is a common side effect of strong medications. Often medications used to treat cancer, arthritis, depression, high blood pressure, and heart problems can cause thinning hair.

3. Diet, Lifestyle And Hair Loss

Is your body receiving enough nutrients? Being nutrient deprived can cause thinning hair. Make sure you are eating enough proteins and omega-3’s.

Add plenty of eggs, milk, fish, chicken, meats, legumes, walnuts and avocados to your diet. These are all foods rich in protein or omega-3 fatty acids. Taking vitamin supplements is also a helpful option for reducing hair loss.

What hair products are you using? If you are using strong shampoos and conditioners it would be a good idea to switch to all-natural products. Strong products may be irritating your scalp and causing your hair to thin. Go for products free of alcohol, sulfates, and silicones.

Finally, make sure your hairstyles are not too hard on your hair. Avoid tight hairdos like braids, buns or tight ponytails – these can tug at your hair and cause hair loss. If you notice your hair thinning, it is best to wear your hair down or loosely tied.

Conclusion

Hair loss can be frightening and disturbing, but there’s no need to panic at the first lock you find in your hand. With proper care, nutrition and lifestyle habits, you can once again enjoy your thick, beautiful tresses. If you’re worried, speak to your doctor. He or she can help you get through it, and determine the best course of action for you. In the meantime, relax, make yourself a steak, and enjoy life to the fullest.

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