Saturday, February 28, 2009

Prevent Hair Loss

Prevent hair-loss

Hair loss is a common problem. It would be incorrect to attribute hair loss to hereditary factors alone. Hereditary factors may be a cause for hair-loss only to a certain extent. Just because the previous generations of a few families have experienced baldness, thinning hair and receding hairlines, it does not mean that their descendents are destined for the same.

It is certainly possible to control the extent of hair loss and thinning. It is essential to have a healthy scalp to avoid hair loss and aiding new hair growth.

Some of the factors that contribute to the acceleration of and permanence of hair loss are-
* Genetic factors as mentioned earlier.
* Hormonal imbalance
* A diet devoid of essential nutrients
* Stress
* Insomnia
* Improper brushing or combing the hair
* Pulling your hair often
* Excessive use of hair dryers, perming, back-combing
* Hair-dos such as ponytails which tend to pull the hair tightly from the scalp
* Excessive oil production from the scalp � scientifically termed as sebum.
The scalp emits excessive oils due to the emotional and physical stress. The build of oil and other substances clogs the hair follicles and creates an unhealthy condition of the scalp, resulting in hair loss, thinning hair and various unhealthy scalp conditions.

Below are some tips that can help stop hair loss and keep your existing hair look healthy and great:
* Massage the scalp daily with finger tips (not the nails) to stimulate and promote circulation to the scalp. It is essential not to scrub while washing hair. It is better to �milk� the hair from the hair backwards in the same direction. This will give a shiny look to the hair.
* Comb or
brush your hair and scalp gently with about 50-100 strokes in the morning and at night. This helps break up hardened oil (sebum) that has clogged hair follicles. Doing this alone has enhanced the growth of new hair. Combing or brushing has to be in one direction only, which is from the hair root to tip.
* While using blow dryers, always keep the heat a good distance from the scalp and hair. Avoid heating the scalp and hair excessively.
* Avoid applying hair creams, lotions, styling gels and sprays directly on to the scalp as this will clog up the hair follicles.
* After swimming,
shampoo your hair as soon as possible to remove any chlorine residue, as chlorine is extremely damaging to the hair and scalp. Cucumber hair pack is ideal.
* While it is difficult to avoid exposure of the hair and scalp to the wind and sun, over exposure is best avoided and perhaps a cap could be used. However, tight hats and caps contribute to poor circulation, depriving the hair of proper nutrition.
* Sweat, dirt and grime around the rim inhibit follicle health and contribute to build up. Extreme hair loss and thinning could also be the side effects of a medical condition or medication and it helps to consult a dermatologist.
* Strive for balance and harmony in both your personal and professional life. High stress factors lead to fluctuating hormone levels, which in turn cause excessive oil secretion (sebum) resulting in hair loss. Stress can be dealt with in many ways,most notably through exercise,
adequate sleep, healthy diet and techniques like relaxation, exercises, deep breathing and yoga.
* Pregnancy, nursing, menopause or even birth control medication cold cause constant changing factors on your nutritional needs and hormonal levels which contribute to hair loss.
* Last but not the least, it is necessary to avoid �crash and fad� diets.
* Proper nutritious meals along with vitamin and mineral supplements are key factors for healthy hair and skin.

Follow these tips to avoid hair loss and also help your hair look great and shiny that you would want to flaunt it.


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