Do you wash style or brush your hair regularly? We hope so! But did you know that the WAY you do these things can drastically alter how likely you are to experience hair loss? Here are some helpful tips to make sure you are getting the most from your hair care routine, and reducing the chances you could be encouraging hair loss!
Hair Styling Products can Harm your Hair!
If the products you’re using are “sticky” to the touch, and/or cause your hair to hold a shape it wouldn’t normally hold without product, consider washing them out every night before your head hits the pillow. When you lie down on a pillow with hair product still in your hair, your head will press heavily against the products allowing them to work their way into your scalp, and of course into your pores/hair follicles. In addition, most styling products contain harsh chemicals which may not be the best thing for newly “sprouting” hair. Ensuring that you wash them out completely at the end of each day will greatly benefit your efforts to achieve a full, healthy head of hair.
Use gentle, natural shampoos
It’s becoming more well known that mainstream shampoo products contain ingredients one would never want to slather on their skin. Why we ignore this fact and continue to put these same products on our hair is beyond me. Look for shampoos that contain botanical ingredients designed to help with hairloss or use a shampoo formulated to help hair grow-such as Surethik’s Root Penetrating Shampoo and Medici Capelli Shampoo.
Ponytails are for ponies
When you pull your hair very tightly back in a ponytail, you are in essence putting a constant strain on your hair follicles. Once in while this is fine, and won’t promote hair loss. However, if this is the way you normally wear your hair; remember that constantly pulling on your hair will train your hair to grow closer and closer to the surface of your scalp. Eventually, it will become too shallowly embedded, lose its grip on the skin and fall out. This is especially true of the vulnerable fine hairs at the front of the scalp, and can be the reason for high hairlines among women.
Wait until your hair is dry to brush it out
Wet hair is most likely to break during brushing. Give your hair a brush-through before you shower, and then towel and air dry your hair before brushing again. Allowing your hair to air-dry without brushing will also help it dry faster, since the hair strands aren’t pressed down together. This provides more surface area for air to circulate, speeding up the drying process. Also, if you use leave-in hair conditioner-make sure you don’t rub it into your scalp, since this will encourage clogging of the pores.
You can stimulate hair growth by brushing your scalp
Using a stiff bristles brush with plenty of space between the bristles, brush your scalp with enough force to feel it, but not enough to cause pain. Be sure to do this to your whole scalp when your hair is clean and fully dried, and you will stimulate blood-flow to your scalp. This in turn, will encourage hair growth.
If you are finding hair loss or hair thinning is a problem, be sure to contact us and ask about our all natural HRC and Toppik hair building fibres! This is an excellent way to hide hair loss while you work to change the behaviours which led to the loss in the first place.