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Common Mistakes that Lead to Hair Loss

Posted on: March 22nd, 2016 by hairrestoration

Barbie Pascal

Hair Restoration Specialists

Have you ever looked at your comb, brush, and pillow or clothing and wondered why you are losing hair?  Experts will tell us that “normal” hair loss for the average person is between 60 and 100 hairs per day.  Bottom line, your scalp and hair follicles are delicate and need TLC.  If you are looking to minimize your hair loss, here are a few things to consider:

DAILY SHAMPOOING/CONDITIONING– While we encourage daily bathing, it is actually not necessary, even damaging to shampoo or condition daily.  Shampoo can be harsh and degrades the organic structure of our hair follicles.  Conditioner, which by design coats the hair, can also suffocate our hair follicles, and prevent new growth, if overused.

STYLING PRODUCTS– Styling products like hair gels, pomades and hair sprays tend to remove the natural oils we need to promote hair stability.  Experts tell us to cut back on the use of styling products, or avoid them entirely.

CHEAP PRODUCTS– In the world of health and beauty, you get what you pay for.  We recommend that you don’t skimp when it comes to selecting your hair products.  Some of the less expensive hair care products add extra chemicals and scents to their ingredients which can damage your scalp and delicate hair follicles.  If you want to minimize hair loss, opt instead for more natural ingredients or turn to your salon for volumizing or thickening products, and use sparingly.

OVERSTIMULATION– The old wives tale about brushing your hair 100 times per day to distribute the natural oils from your scalp appears to be ill-advised.  Over brushing or combing your hair will, in fact, stress your scalp and hair follicles and accelerate hair loss.  If possible, gently finger comb your hair, and when necessary, use a wide toothed comb.  Never brush wet hair.

LONG HAIR– If you wear your hair long, the weight of your long locks is undoubtedly putting pressure on your roots, leading to increased hair loss.  Experts tell us that if you want a thicker head of hair, talk to your salon to find a shorter style that flatters your facial contours.

OVERDRYING– Hair follicles need tender loving care if we want to keep them healthy, promote growth and prevent shedding.  After a shower, it is recommended that we pat dry our hair, gently sopping up excess moisture.  Vigorous towel drying causes unnecessary stress on our hair follicles, and wet hair is when our hair is at its most fragile.  Avoid blow drying hair to prevent hair from becoming over dry and brittle.  If blow drying cannot be avoided, use the cool air option on most blow dryers.

PONYTAILS, BRAIDS AND CAPS– Ponytails, especially tight ones, will cause stress to your hair follicles causing hair loss.  If you choose to wear your hair in a ponytail, select a band that does not expose the rubber or elastic to prevent excess pulling, and opt for a loose ponytail.  Baseball caps and tight hats will put extra pressure on your scalp, and don’t let your scalp breathe.  The extra heat can lead to hair loss.  A good rule of thumb to remember is to avoid pushing, pulling or extra friction, if you want to keep the hair you have.

STRESS– Hair falls out, and is perfectly normal under the best of circumstances.  If you notice excessive hair loss, rather than stressing out over it, which can lead to increased hair loss, simply look at your daily hair care habits and change things accordingly.

DIET– Ensure that your diet is balanced and includes protein and vitamins like Iron and Vitamin B, which are both essential for healthy hair.  A balanced diet will keep your hair resilient and hydrated.  Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.

Now you have a game plan to slow down your hair loss.  If you continue to notice excessive hair loss, even after adopting these suggestions, visit a hair restoration expert like the team at Hair Restoration Specialists for additional options.  Consultations are free, and you will find plenty of options to address your concerns.