How to Remedy Thinning Hair

Thin­ning hair and bald patches are often a sign of dam­age to the scalp rather than the advance­ment of age. In cases of scalp stress lead­ing to hair loss, it is pos­si­ble  to rem­edy the prob­lem with­out hav­ing to resort to hair replace­ment surgery or other med­ical solutions.

You can rem­edy thin­ning hair nat­u­rally and enjoy strong, healthy, nat­ural hair again. The meth­ods involved are not ardu­ous, just sim­ple and straight­for­ward solu­tions to repair the dam­age to a stressed scalp, and encour­age nat­ural regrowth.

Tight Hair­styles Lead to Bald Patches

When­ever a tight hair­style is worn, the hair is pulled unnat­u­rally taut. This puts  incred­i­ble strain on the hair root and can often lead to indi­vid­ual strands being pulled out. In addi­tion, the strain on the hair fol­li­cles is intense.

When the hair fol­li­cles are sub­ject to this level of strain, they quickly deform and become unable to func­tion cor­rectly. The tel­o­gen or rest phase of the growth cycle increases as the cells attempt to repair the dam­age they have received. When the dam­age is exten­sive, the cells become dor­mant and bald patches appear on the scalp.

Tight hair­styles should be avoided for any­one with thin­ning hair, as they will Braiding hair tightly will lead to traction alopeciaonly make the prob­lem worse. Tight pony­tails and exten­sive braid­ing are com­mon sources of hair loss; espe­cially on the crown in the case of pony­tails. Braid­ing and weaves are noto­ri­ous for caus­ing hair loss along the hair­line, as that is where the hair roots are nat­u­rally weakest.

Avoid Stress­ing the Scalp

Scalp stress is one of the prin­ci­ple causes of hair loss through trac­tion alope­cia. When the scalp is stressed, it becomes inflamed; which leads to rub­bing and scratch­ing the inflamed area. This adds to the dam­age and also causes dam­age to the hair fol­li­cles in the stressed area.

In turn, the fol­li­cles become deformed and unable to func­tion cor­rectly. They enter a dor­mant phase, dur­ing which time hair will not grow from them, until the body has time to repair the dam­age. The repair process can take months or even years, depend­ing on the extent of the dam­age done.

Scalp stress is caused in two ways. The most com­mon method is through the use of hair­care prod­ucts that cause rashes and irri­ta­tion. There are many dif­fer­ent for­mu­las of hair­care prod­uct on the mar­ket, from sham­poos and con­di­tion­ers to hair relax­ants and regen­er­a­tive lotions. Not every per­son can use every prod­uct, our bod­ies react to them dif­fer­ently. Find a prod­uct that does not cause your scalp to itch or become inflamed.

In addi­tion, avoid using hair relax­ants, at least until your hair has fully grown back in. Hair relax­ants dam­age the bonds between the ker­atin mol­e­cules in your hair, per­ma­nently weak­en­ing the strands and caus­ing the roots to become less strong. As a result, chemically-straightened hair snaps eas­ily, which makes the effect of hair loss more noticeable.

Also, avoid wear­ing hats that fit tightly to the head. These rub against the scalp, caus­ing more irri­ta­tion. While it’s not always pos­si­ble to avoid some hats, such as safety hel­mets that must be worn when bike rid­ing or hard hats in some work­places, con­sider car­ry­ing your hat when you are in a place that does not require it to be worn. This will greatly reduce the time the hat can stress the scalp; which short­ens your recov­ery time.

Eat a Healthy, Bal­anced Diet

While it may not seem all that impor­tant for hair care, a bal­anced diet is essen­tial if you want to rem­edy thin­ning hair. Hair loss is often caused at least in part by a lack of the nutri­ents needed to repair the dam­ages of scalp stress, and also because the com­po­nents of healthy hair are miss­ing from a person’s diet.

Strong, healthy hair requires a lot of pro­tein. Pro­tein is needed to repair the dam­age to hair fol­li­cles that causes trac­tion alope­cia, and it is also the main chem­i­cal in ker­atin. Ker­atin is the chem­i­cal that gives your hair its strength, so a low-protein diet results in weak hair that breaks easily.

Eat plenty of protein-rich foods such as eggs and nuts to strengthen your hair the nat­ural way. Your hair also needs plenty of iron, sele­nium, mag­ne­sium and zinc. These are found in abun­dance in spinach, red meats, eggs, peanuts and fish. Hair formula 37 hair vitaminsVeg­e­tar­i­ans should look to mush­rooms and soy as alter­na­tives to meat and fish; as these also pro­vide the nutri­ents essen­tial to healthy hair. The alter­na­tive is to take hair growth sup­ple­ments that con­tain the right bal­ance of amino acids and vit­a­mins required for healthy hair growth.

By main­tain­ing a healthy diet you will not only improve your hair’s health but your gen­eral well being at the same time. Com­bin­ing this with good gen­eral hair care and scalp mas­sages, and using a less inten­sive styling for your hair will quickly show results. With a new reg­i­men in place, your thin­ning hair will soon become lus­cious and healthy once again.

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