40% of women have visual hair loss by the time they reach the age of 40. This can be a startling and difficult physical change to handle.
Fortunately, there are methods for regrowing hair and reducing visible hair loss.
Read on for our favorite methods and to take control of your hair growth today.
1. Review Your Diet
if you’re finding hair loss to be a problem or simply find that your hair isn’t growing as fast as you’d like, the first place to look is your diet. The fact is, most Americans prescribe to the SAD (standard American diet) eating routine, which is usually high in process foods and low in nutritional value.
Unfortunately, your hair needs the right nutrients to grow and thrive. An easy way to get these nutrients is by making sure you’re eating the right foods each day. Some foods that are ideal for hair growth include:
- Fatty Fish (like Salmon or Sardines)
- Sweet Potatoes
- Sweet Peppers
2. Try Laser Therapy for Regrowing Hair
Remember that scene in Anger Management where Jack Nicholson’s hair is levitating towards some kind of electric laser? Fun fact: It’s actually based on a real thing.
Not only is laser hair therapy highly effective at stimulating hair follicles it also doesn’t look quite as crazy as Mr.Nicholson made it appear.
In fact, there are a number of hair laser methods from brushes to laser caps that allow you to tap into this powerful technique, whenever you like, from the comfort of your own home. Discover more about laser hair therapy to see if it’s the right solution for you.
3. Deep Conditioning Masks
Ever notice that your hair tends to grow more during certain times of the year or in certain types of weather? That’s because dry brittle hair is a difficult landscape for thriving hair follicles.
Much like planting a garden, you need to start with a rich foundation for the best results.
If you find that your hair lacks the natural oils to create such a foundation, a weekly deep conditioning hair mask could do the trick. You can buy your own hair mask or make your own mix at home using natural ingredients like Argon oil, coconut oil, avocado or even yogurt.
4. Change Up Your Hair Styles
When it comes to growing out our hair or preventing hair loss, sometimes we are our own worst enemies. That’s because the hairstyles that are the easiest to do in a hurry, typically cause the most damage and distress for our hair follicles.
If you’re looking to grow out your hair, try avoiding hairstyles that pull on the roots. This means tight buns, braids, sleek ponytails, and harsh elastics should be avoided as often as possible.
Wear your hair down when you can and untangle only when necessary to avoid excess breakage.
5. Pay Attention to Recent Life Events
Hair loss can be a scary experience for anyone, especially when you don’t know what’s causing it. Being aware of your own body and any recent life events that have occurred is a great way to know what’s causing the problem.
For example, many women are surprised to find that hair loss is a common postpartum symptom. However, this symptom doesn’t usually take effect until roughly 4 months after giving birth.
Physical changes like a prolonged period of sickness or not eating can also result in hair loss. Some diets like Keto or Paleo have also had reported hair loss as a symptom.
The good news is, if your hair loss has come as a result of a “season” of poor health, it’s only temporary and getting yourself back on track physically will encourage the hair to grow back quickly.
6. Take Time Off from Work
If your hair is suddenly seeming more damaged than usual or isn’t growing as fast, it’s important to be aware of other symptoms.
How is your skin? Are you having difficulty sleeping? Is your appetite the same as always or has it had a sharp increase or decrease?
These changes can all come as a direct result of stress. Once the stress hormone is released into your boy it can wreak havoc on your entire system.
If you’re in an atmosphere where stress is experienced on a daily basis, your health will quickly deteriorate. Take some time off work to catch your breath and see if you can get your system back on track.
7. Utilize the Right Supplements
There are a number of medications and supplement types that can help aid in hair growth. Some pills are designed to specifically target hair loss and may require a prescription from your doctor or dermatologist.
Many of these treatments are available via mail subscription to make the process easier.
Others have found great success by simply taking the right daily supplements. Women’s prenatal supplements have been touted by many as an ideal solution to hair growth as well as a way to grow healthier, stronger nails.
8. Book Regular Trips to Your Stylists
If you think that the key to hair growth is avoiding the scissors, guess again. Real hair growth happens at both the roots and the tips of your hair.
However, if you have dry and damaged split ends, you can bet the hair growth process will take twice as long.
As a way to avoid this, schedule a trip to your favorite salon once or twice a month. Be sure your stylist knows your goal is to grow out your hair and you only want the dead ends to be trimmed.
As an added bonus, the scalp massage during your wash will also help stimulate hair growth.
9. Lay Off the Chemicals
If you haven’t been able to guess by now, the key to growing shiny, healthy, sexy hair is to be good to your body! This means avoiding harmful chemicals, both internally and externally.
Internally: Avoid chemicals such as alcohol, cigarettes, or highly processed food. Your body uses the nutrients it has to correct the damage these chemicals cause, so even if you’re eating a healthy diet you won’t see much change as long as these bad habits continue.
Externally: Give your hair the very best. This means staying away from chemicals like hair bleach, low-grade hair dye, and relaxers. Over time these products will only damage your scalp and can halt the growth process completely. Instead, invest in quality products that use all natural ingredients.
Creating the Habit
As much as we would love to tell you the techniques above are a one time fix for regrowing hair, the truth is they need to become daily habits. The more you know about caring for your hair and follicles, and the more you put it into practice, the better the results.
We invite you to read our articles on hair care as a great way to start your hair growth journey.