While hair loss in men is a frequent issue, not many people associate it with women as well. However, it's becoming a more apparent concern. In fact, according to the American Hair Loss Association, 40 percent of women will actually experience the issue by the time they reach 50 years old. And while genetics may be to blame for some, leaving little room for prevention, others may be able to keep their luscious locks by steering clear of certain things.
Eat the right nutrients.
While you can feel frazzled as you watch your hair drop from your head during those months between extreme seasons such as fall and spring, eating the right foods may help smooth the transition. Dr. Francesca Fusco, M.D., New York City dermatologist for Clear Hair & Scalp says “Whenever the climate changes, your body goes through an adjustment period that can throw off your hair growth cycle. And since hair tends grow faster in the summer, it’s only natural to experience more shedding at the end of it.” Try adding in iron, protein and healthy fats.
Avoid over-wearing elastic bands.
If you're hair is always tied back in a band, you may be causing yourself unwanted hair loss, since your hair is dealing with concentrated pressure that leads to breakage and possibly to shedding thereafter. So if you find that your hair is tied back more than four times a week, try letting it out more often, or opt for snag-free hair ties.
Stay away from using hot tools or treatments on your hair too often.
Do you love to straighten, curl or put a keratin treatment on? “Putting that extra stress on the follicle can deplete the hydrogen bonds in your hair that keep the moisture in, causing tiny little cracks,” says Sunnie Brook Jones, a hairstylist for Head & Shoulders. “That makes it more likely to break instead of stretch, like healthy hair should.”
Use the right pillowcase.
Friction is a no-no when it comes to your hair's health, as it weakens the follicle and causes your locks to look thin and brittle. Switch your cotton case to a high thread count satin or silk option to avoid the breakage.
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