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8 Actionable Tips To Help Prevent Hair Loss

8 Actionable Tips To Help Prevent Hair Loss

If you are like me, you may suffer from thin hair or hair loss. It does get to me sometimes and I do get embarrassed, but I recently found some ways to achieve better hair growth. Of course, there are some really great shampoos for hair growth out there that include zinc, but before we get into that, let me explain some of the key reasons you might be experiencing hair loss.

These can include, but aren’t limited to:

  • What you eat, like McDonald’s and other unhealthy foods
  • Mineral deficiencies
  • Different medication
  • Stress
  • Genetics

Around one third of the population suffers from hair loss. Of that third of the population, they are women. So women, listen up! Just like life, there are no guarantees you can completely avoid losing your hair, however, you can always help. In this post, I will give you some of the best ways to help with your hair loss or thinning.

Avoid Damaging Your Hair

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    It’s important to limit hair damage by minimizing habits that are bad for your hair. Try and avoid using your hair dryer when you don’t need to. If you take shower before bed, dry your hair with a towel instead. Overusing heat on your hair can cause damage to your hair proteins and make it dry to the point that it breaks off.

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    Continuously using a hair dryer can also permanently damage your hair follicles. That goes for your favorite curling irons and flat irons as well. Make sure you don’t brush too hard either. Pulling your hair out consistently can lead to a damaged scalp.

    Don’t Pull Your Hair So Tight

    This one might not be the most obvious method to help you avoid thinning hair. Some hairstyles like ponytails, tight braids, cornrows, and plaits cause heavy stress to your hair follicles. If you put your hair into heated rollers, you can also cause some unnecessary hair loss.

    Not to say you should never do this, but roll your hair occasionally. I am a big fan of curly hair myself. And if you are used to frequently braiding your hair, place two week breaks in between braids and make sure they aren’t put in too tightly. If your head hurts, your braids are probably too tight.

    Shampoo To Fight Hair Loss

    shampooing healthy hair

      Putting the right shampoos in your hair is important. Washing your hair with the right shampoos can help with keeping your scalp and hair clean. One of the reasons you clean your hair is to avoid any infections that could damage your follicles.

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      You don’t necessarily have to wash your hair everyday because the natural oils your scalp produces is actually healthy for your hair. If need be – wash your hair every other day. If you need help gaining back some thickness to your hair, check Amazon for some hair loss products. They are specially formulated to help strengthen and rebuild lost hair.

      If nothing else, clean hair is always nicer than dirty, matted hair.

      Be Aware Of The Ingredients

      Researches have found that the use of shampoos containing 3% of peppermint oil is effective in 92% of hair loss cases. The oil promotes the conservation and vascularization of hair dermal papilla, and is a natural alternative for preventing hair loss.

      Another great ingredient is ketoconazole, an ingredient that has been shown in clinical trials to act as an anti-inflammatory agent, effective for hair growth.

      The daily use of at least 1% pyrithione zinc shampoo over a 26-week treatment period, for example, has a positive improvement in hair growth, according to one study done in 2003. You always want to avoid ingredients called parabens in all cosmetics. Parabens have been used in most cosmetics since the 1950’s to prevent the growth of bacteria.

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      But, in the early 90’s they were found to be agents that mimic estrogen in your body, and have been linked to breast cancer!

      Start Eating Right

      Hair Loss Foods Infographic

        You know the saying, “you are what you eat.” That’s a powerful five-word mantra that every culture in every part of the world knows. Eating a healthy breakfast is important. When it comes to healthy hair, eating correctly can directly affect hair growth.

        Proper nutrition can help prevent hair loss. This is a simple common sense approach to keeping you, your hair, and your scalp healthy. It is possible that hair loss can be slowed by a healthy diet, consisting of vegetables and fruits.

        Iron Can Help With Hair Loss

        Iron is an essential mineral that your body needs to survive. If you are not getting enough iron, this can lead to anemia. Anemia can actually disrupt the supply of healthy nutrients to your hair follicles, which in turn can lead to hair loss.

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        There are many sources of iron that you can acquire from healthy foods such as:

        • Red meat
        • Chicken
        • Kale
        • Broccoli
        • Fish
        • Spinach

        Protein Can Help With Hair Loss

        Protein is essential for healthy hair. If you are lacking protein, this can be the reason you have dry, weak hair. Getting enough protein will help manage the amount of amino acids strengthening your hair. Eating foods with high amounts of protein is not only good for muscles and other factors, but it is also great for improving the condition of your hair.

        Some foods you can acquire adequate amounts of protein include:

        • Seafood
        • Poultry
        • Cheese
        • Yogurt
        • Beans
        • Pork
        • Tofu
        • Peanut butter
        • Quinoa

        Eat Foods Rich In Biotin

        Biotin is a B vitamin and is important for your hair. If you are not getting enough biotin, your hair could begin to fall out and become brittle. Good sources of biotin include whole grains, liver, egg whites, soy flour, walnuts, and yeast.

        Whole grains are a great source of zinc as well. Remember when I mentioned some of the best shampoos for hair loss contain zinc? Zinc helps aid with itchy scalp and hair loss. So be sure to eat enough whole grains to help with any issues you may be having with hair loss.

        Conclusion

        Overall, a healthy diet can help you avoid hair loss. It will help you gain more volume to your hair. Knowing what you put into your hair is important for future growth. Avoid any unnecessary damage as much as you can. Your hair is one of the first characteristics someone notices about you. Be sure to take care of it and treat it well.

        What is your experience with ways to avoid hair loss?

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        5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

        5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

        Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

        Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

        Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

        1. Get Rationally Optimistic

        Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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        This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

        In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

        The result: no more mental stress.

        2. Unplug

        Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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        How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

        It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

        Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

        3. Easy on the Caffeine

        Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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        Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

        4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

        That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

        How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

        • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
        • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
        • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

        While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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        5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

        This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

        The result: mental stress will be gone!

        So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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