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Stop Doing These 6 Things! These Are Making Your Hair Thinner

Stop Doing These 6 Things! These Are Making Your Hair Thinner

Thinning hair can be the cause of a lot of worry and embarrassment. Even if people around you insist it looks fine, knowing that you have thinner hair than you used to is stressful, leaving you wondering what will happen if the situation keeps getting worse.

The first step you should take is to make sure there aren’t any underlying medical problems by going to your doctor with your concerns. However, people often find that there’s no obvious reason for hair thinning, and doctors might not even recognize that there’s a problem at all. The good news is, there are a lot of common causes for mild hair loss that are easy to fix. Get out of these bad hair habits and quickly see the difference.

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1. Eating badly

This can be a particular problem when dieting, but also among people who are stressed or feel like they don’t have time to eat properly. Hair is formed from keratin, which is a protein, so it’s important to include plenty of protein sources in your diet to keep it growing healthily. You might not be getting enough folic acid, so make sure you eat things like spinach, asparagus and strawberries to up your intake, and include enough iron to keep anemia at bay. A healthy balanced diet is key, but supplements may be an alternative if you struggle to get everything you need.

2. Washing your hair every day

Washing your hair regularly is a good thing, right? Well, yes, but doing it too often leaves the hair dry and stripped of its oils, which means it breaks more easily and leads to it thinning. If you normally wash your hair daily, try doing it every other day instead, or less often if you can. If this makes you feel like you’re not clean enough, you could always use a dry shampoo on your off days. Be careful not to let dry shampoo build up on your hair, though, as it can irritate the scalp and block hair follicles, increasing shedding and reducing growth.

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3. Using damaging hair products

A major cause of thinning hair is drying it out so that it becomes brittle and prone to breaking, and one of the common reasons for this happening is the products we use. Silicones are used in many shampoos, but they form a layer over hair, stopping it absorbing moisture, which makes it dry and fragile. Alcohol and sulfates actively dry out the hair and are found in many hairsprays and similar styling products. Check the ingredients of the products you use, and look for natural alternatives without all the nasty additives. Products with coconut, olive, or argan oils will help to reverse the damage and improve your hair’s strength and thickness.

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Excessive hair dryer use

    4. Using hot tools too often

    Straighteners, curlers, hair dryers and other hot styling tools are used daily by many people, but they can be extremely damaging to your hair, making it brittle and prone to breaking faster than it can grow. Try and limit how often you get out the hot tools, and maybe use it as an excuse to experiment with different styles that don’t need them. If you must use heat, let your hair dry naturally first, and use protective products to minimize the damage.

    5. Spending too much time in the sun

    Like hot styling tools, the heat from the sun can cause significant damage to hair. On top of the heat effects, ultraviolet rays are also a cause of thinner hair, since they can actually cause premature aging of hair, making it fragile, so you should definitely spend less time in the sun if you’re concerned. When you are out in the sunshine, consider wearing a hat to cover up your hair, or use one of the products available for protecting your follicles against harmful rays.

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    6. Letting it all get on top of you

    We all experience stress to some degree, but when it gets out of hand it can lead to problems, and hair loss is one of them. Because thinning hair itself is a stressful problem, this means it can actually make itself worse. Try and manage your stress levels to keep them at a minimum and you can improve hair growth stop loss.

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    Last Updated on March 13, 2019

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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