No matter what your hair type or length, we have all experienced hair fall at some point in our lives. Each strand on our head undergoes a cycle of active growth, transition and rest and has a lifespan of somewhere between two to five years. Different lifestyle factors can bring the hair into the rest phase during which it is more prone to falling out, a condition that is commonly known as telogen effluvium and triggered by factors such as pregnancy, medication or stress.
While hair fall that leads to significantly large bald spots or patches will need the attention of a dermatologist, there are some steps that you can take that can take care of short-term hair loss:
AVOID TIGHT HAIRSTYLES THAT PULL ON YOUR HAIR STRAND
While hair is flexible, it can only be stretched as much before becoming permanently damaged. To avoid pulling the hair strand too much, style your hair open or in a low, loose bun as much as possible to maintain optimum hair health.
USE A MILD SHAMPOO THAT WORKS FOR YOUR HAIR TYPE
When picking a shampoo, ensure that it contains ingredients that are clean and has a formulation that works for your hair type to ensure that you minimize shedding post shower. We love the Classic Shampoo from Rahua Beauty and the Vita Rejuvenating Shampoo from Rossano Ferretti.
AVOID HIGH HEAT HAIR STYLING TOOLS
Using heat to style your hair can leave your hair follicles dry and vulnerable to damage which is why we suggest avoiding high heat hair styling tools as much as possible! Save them for super special occasions and at other times, allow your hair to air dry and wear it naturally (with pride!).
AVOID HOT WATER BATHS
Just the way a high heat hair styling tool can leave hair dry and damaged hair over time, so can hot water baths and showers. To get the most out of your hair care routine, use lukewarm or cool water to wash your hair.
BRUSH YOUR HAIR REGULARLY
While it can be tempting to skip this step especially when you’re short of time, it is very important to ensure that you regularly brush your hair (with the right kind of brush). Brushing hair correctly helps rejuvenate your scalp, detangles your mane and ensures that the oil on your scalp is evenly distributed throughout your mane.
DON'T CHEMICALLY TREAT OR BLEACH YOUR HAIR
Exposing your hair to harsh chemicals can significantly damage your strands. If you want to avoid hair loss, limit your use of dyes, highlights, peroxide treatments, and perms.
What are some of your favorite tips to reduce hair fall? Let us know in the comments below.