Like it or not, appearance is everything and to some degree we all care about the way we look. So when highly visible issues, like with lack of hair growth, arise it’s only natural to take action and reverse the issues asap. Hair loss is a common issue that affects both women and men, although men are more likely to experience it. With hair loss awareness month happening in August, there’s no better time than now to learn what you should and shouldn’t be doing for your hair.
Do: Establish a Hair Care Routine
It is crucial that you develop a regimen for your hair and stick to it. Develop a schedule and follow it religiously. Try not to wash your hair every day, instead opt for every other day or every two days so you are not stripping your hair of essential natural oils. When you run out of shampoo, conditioner or product, try to stick to the brand you’ve been using. Switching the products you’re using can result in damage, dryness and dullness.
Don’t: Apply Any Harsh Product or Treatments
Daily use of any tools that apply an immense amount of direct heat to your hair is a bad idea. Things like flat irons, hair dryers and curling irons should be used sparingly and always with a heat protector as they can cause serious damage. If you need to use a hair dryer daily, turn the heat down to a cooler setting. Products with certain chemicals can also cause serious damage, especially to your scalp. Opt for something high in vitamins and with multiple benefits, like argan oil.
Do: Have a Conversation About Hair Loss Issues
Whether it’s you or someone you care about experiencing hair loss, it’s something you should talk about. Hair loss is common and experienced by both men and women, although it is more common among men. If a man in your life needs help, use resources made available by companies like hims for coping with and reversing hair loss. Having someone to talk to about hair loss makes it feel less stigmatizing and helps breed acceptance.
Don’t: Always Wear Your Hair Up
Believe it or not, having your hair up in a tight ponytail or bun contributes to your hair problems. When your hair is up, the pulling that happens causes more hair to fall out at the roots. Plus using hair ties with elastic or rubber bands causes damage that limits growth. If you absolutely need to put your hair up, reach for something loose like a scrunchie or headband as hey allow your hair to breathe more.
Do: Go to a Consultation to Find a Plan
After you’ve recognized the issue of hair loss and decided it is time for you to treat it, you should consult professionals who can provide you with an informed decision on what treatment option is right for you. This professional could range from your hair stylist to a specialized doctor, it could even include a mix so you get several opinions. Taking action and knowing you’re working to solve the issue can provide much needed relief.
Don’t: Be Embarrassed
Everyone loses hair, in fact it is normal to shed between 50 and 100 hairs per day. Concern comes when it is noticeable or you’re losing hair in chunks. Still, even in women hair loss is a common issue. So there is no need to be embarrassed if you notice your hair is thinner than others. Just remember you are nowhere near the only person this is happening to and there are options to try and reverse it.