Hair loss isn’t a problem just for men. Women’s hairlines are starting to recede as well. For women, this problem is both embarassing and degrading — self-confidence begins on a very superficial level. Losing hair decreases self-esteem, and I know this by first-hand experience. But there are ways by which we can regain control of our looks, even if it takes some time. I’ve put together my top six tips for better hair care:
- Massage the scalp.
Contrary to popular opinion, massaging the scalp at least once a day is beneficial not only to the hair but also to the body as a whole. A deep massaging of the scalp promotes circulation to the scalp, which is a region of the body that blood usually doesn’t fill up too well. However, the scalp is the foundation of the hair follicles, and if the foundation is healthy, then the hair will follow suit. To start, another person should ideally massage your scalp. This allows you to relax completely and it’s an intimate experience for the both of you. If you can’t have someone else do it, use all your fingertips and place them on your head, allowing each fingertip to touch the scalp. Your hands should be shaped like semi-circles. Then, massage in a circular fashion, feeling large portions of your scalp moving all at once. After the fingertip massage, use a plastic comb (not a brush!) and massage the scalp once again. You can run the comb across the scalp but you don’t have to run it through the whole length of the hair. After these massage treatments, your scalp should feel tingly.
- Drink more water.
You’re not drinking as much water as you think. Even if you don’t “feel” thirsty, your body still needs at least eight glasses of water every day. Since blood is mostly water, and you lose water by urination and sweating, then it makes sense that drinking more water will lead to better blood circulation. Try shooting for ten glasses a day, and you’ll see the health of your hair will improve in just a few days. It will become shinier, smoother, and less brittle.
- Take a multi-vitamin.
Sometimes even the best diet just doesn’t include all the necessary vitamins and minerals. Taking a daily multi-vitamin will ensure that a body will be able to take in all the needed vitamins and minerals.
- Take B-complex vitamin supplements.
The B-Complex vitamin supplement is the best chemical nourishment for hair. Anyone who has a biotin deficiency will experience hair loss, including loss of eyelashes and eyebrows. Nails will also become very short and brittle. The B-Complex vitamin contains biotin and other B-vitamins that will help with stress and low energy levels. If taking supplements is not for you, try substituting certain foods in your diet with foods that are naturally chock full of biotin. These foods include sunflower seeds, brown rice, brewer’s yeast, egg yolks, and liver.
- Use a gentle, cleansing shampoo.
Purchase a shampoo made specially for babies, since baby shampoos shouldn’t be too harsh on the hair. If at all possible, purchase organic shampoos that do not use unnecessary chemicals. In short, using a shampoo with the least amount of ingredients is the best bet for helping to cope with hair loss.
- Naturally dry the hair.
Do not use a blowdryer. The heat will damage the hair and make it more prone to breakage and dryness. Gently towel the hair after washing, parting the hair into sections and drying those sections individually. Then allow the air to dry the hair naturally. On the same note, do not comb the hair when wet. This is the time when the hair is most vulnerable and runs the risk of breaking prematurely.
Try these six tips for just a few weeks and you’ll see that your hair will be softer and healthier. While they don’t give a quick cure for hair loss, they do help cope with it and provide a solid foundation for great hair health.