First of all, losing your hair is totally normal. Even when you’re six months postpartum and your shower drain looks like someone lost part of a wig down there (at least that’s what they tell me). Experts say that people lose an average of 100 hairs a day, but if you’re interested in putting yourself on the lower end of average, here are some tips you can try.
7. Meditation and Exercise
It always comes back to exercise, I know, but it’s true that stress is one of the leading causes of hair loss. And one of the best natural ways to beat stress is through exercise.
6. Brush and Shampoo
Don’t underestimate the right shampoo – say no to silicone, parabens, and sulfates, and don’t overwash. Brush your hair regularly, but not while it’s wet!
5. Check Those Unhealthy Habits at the Door
Smoking and drinking damages hair follicles and dehydrates the scalp, both of which are irreversible.
4. Don’t Do the ‘Do
Tight hairstyles like ponytails, braids, and cornrows but pressure on your hair that can pull shorter, delicate hairs from the roots, which can affect growth.
3. Watch What You Eat
Food can either slow down or accelerate hair loss. If you’re looking for thicker, more lustrous locks, you’ll want to avoid diet soda, sugar, greasy food, white bread, pasta, cakes, and high-mercury fish.
Instead, opt for salmon, spinach, eggs, carrots, poultry, nuts/seeds, and cinnamon.
2. Beat the Heat
High heat products and styling tools make your hair brittle and thin, which causes them to fall out more often. The same goes for hot showers (boo!), so cool down the water and ditch the blow dryer when you can.
1. Treat Yourself to a Scalp Massage
Indulge a little! The technique stimulates blood circulation, which helps new hair grow.