I was walking by a shop window the other day and looked in and saw my reflection. I wondered briefly who that women was that was losing her hair. Oops, that would be me. I don’t think of myself as a vain person but one of the things that I have struggled with since being put on RA medication is hair loss. I use to have beautiful, full, and naturally curly hair. Now, it is thin and straggly looking. It always looks unkempt. I hate to brush it because it seems that every time I do, I pull out more hair. I joked with my husband the other day that if this continues, I am going to have to start doing comb overs to hide the thinness in front. Not good. So, as usual, I started researching this on the internet and came up with the following ideas to help with the hair loss. There are medications that can be prescribed that may help with the hair loss. This is something that you should have a dialogue with your doctor about. Today, I am focusing on those things that we can do that are fairly simple and will not give up yet another pill to take. I don’t know about you, but the fewer medications and supplements I take, the better.
- No surprise that the number one item on my list is nutrients and minerals from food. I read that protein is important to strengthen hair and promote growth. The recommended daily amount is about two to three 3-oz servings of meat or a combination of four to five services of dairy and beans. It is also recommended that your diet include nuts, seeds, eggs and fish, all important sources of omega-3 fatty acids. This reportedly will help give you a healthier scalp but also help lower inflammation. A win-win. A great diet plan for you to follow that would incorporate these food items is the Mediterranean diet.
- Try parting your hair more to the side to take the focus off the crown where the hair is often thinner. The comb over that I was talking about. My part has been moving slowly from dead center to the left.
- Keeping your hair shorter will help so that it does not hang.
- Show your scalp a little tender loving care by nourishing it and keeping it hydrated. Foods packed with vitamin E such as almonds, walnuts and raspberries are reportedly great for scalp circulation as are foods rich in vitamin C such as kiwis and broccoli.
- Zinc deficiency could also cause hair loss so eat foods rich in zinc such as walnuts.
- There has been a lot of research done that says that head massages can slow down the hair loss. The thought is that by massaging your scalp, it helps with blood circulation which delivers nutrients to the hair follicles. My hair dresser is a big fan of this one.
- Buy a good shampoo and conditioner and stick with it. Don’t do what I do and switch every time you run out because I buy whatever is on sale. Try to buy organic hair care products not the chemical based ones which can damage hair follicles.
- Lower the temperature of your styling tools. Thinning hair requires less heat but the heat also can damage the hair and cause hair loss.
- If possible, wash your hair less. Every other day is recommended, if possible. Try using a dry shampoo if your hair tends to be oily. Daily washing strips the scalp of oils which stimulates it to produce even more. Try a spritz of dry shampoo to soak up the oil and bring your body back to your hair.
- Try brushing your hair before you wash it. Sounds crazy but it makes sense. If you brush out your hair you are less likely to tangle it up when washing it and tangles equate to hair being pulled out
- Try a brush with gentle boar bristles instead of metal or hard plastic bristles.
Schöne Body Beech Wood, Wild Boar Bristle Hair Brush (Paddle hair brush)
I would love to hear from you if you have tried something that helps.
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