How to Prevent and Treat Hair Loss

    It’s normal to lose some hair every day, but when it becomes noticeable and persistent, it’s time to do something about the problem. Hair loss can be irritating and embarrassing for most people. Like many other ailments, it’s usually best to prevent it from happening to you altogether. Here’s a list of solutions that can help you solve the problem and stop losing your hair. 

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    1. Change your diet – What you eat has a great effect on how you grow. Switch to more hair-friendly foods to help strengthen your hair and stimulate growth. A Mediterranean diet (which contains plenty of fresh herbs and raw vegetables) can reduce hair loss symptoms considerably. Consume high quantities of these foods every week (three days or more for ideal results). High-protein foods are another good pick. Look for healthy choices like eggs, fish, low-fat dairy products, and poultry. 
    2. Try a scalp massage – A scalp massage feels good, but it can also do wonders for growing your hair. Some studies suggest that massaging the scalp improves blood circulation, giving hair follicles more nutrients to grow hair more thickly. A massage can also be a great way to reduce stress, which can be another major factor in hair loss. 
    3. Oil your hair – Try rubbing essential oils into your hair as you massage. Essential oils can keep hair follicles active and strengthen your hair. For example, coconut oil binds protein to hair, protecting it from breakage at the root and strand. Add a few tablespoons to your hair and let it sit for a few minutes to let the hair absorb the oils, then wash them out.
    4. Stay hydrated – Getting plenty of water to drink is definitely good for your overall health, as well as for you hair. The hair shaft is comprised of 25% water, so staying hydrated can be good for helping to grow more hair. Drink around four to eight glasses of water a day to help stimulate the growth of more hair. 
    5. Avoid hot showers – Hot showers can be good and refreshing when you take them every so often. However, too much of a good thing can be bad for you. Avoid taking too many hot showers in a short time. The hot water can wash away some of the essential oils on the scalp, leading to dryness and inflammation. Scalp inflammation may also affect the hair follicles and lead to thinning hair. 
    6. Style gently – Hair can start falling out when it’s been treated too roughly (e.g. by tying or styling it tightly). Avoid tight braids or ponytails that could pull on the roots to put less pressure on your hair. While you’re at it, let your hair dry first before doing any brushing or combing. Hair is weaker when wet, so air dry your hair to avoid hair loss and scalp irritation. 
    7. Make time to de-stress – Stress is often a major factor in hair loss. Look for methods to de-stress to help deal with the strain and reduce the effects on your hair. For example, take up yoga or meditation to calm yourself and reduce stress levels. These activities can also help restore hormonal balance throughout the body, which can help reduce adverse effects on hair growth and loss. 

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    The first step to take when you notice a hair loss problem is to go straight to the professionals like the Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists. Our hair loss specialists work closely with you to identify the most appropriate hair transplant in Mississauga for your circumstances. These pros can give you advice on hair loss issues both to prevent further loss and encourage more growth. 

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