Dry and Frizzy? Try These Winter Hair Care Tips at Home

Winter Hair

The cold months of the year can result in a true case of winter hair – brittle strands, hat hair, static electricity, or hair that easily breaks. The cold, dry air outside is only one factor. You also get less vitamin D, a vitamin that keeps our hair, skin and bones healthy. And dry indoor heating is just as bad for your hair as being outside. But no worries, we have some remedies you can easily try at home.

Avoid Hat Hair

Contrary to some hair myths that hats could cause hair loss or make your hair white, hats are a good idea in the winter. They protect our hair from strong winds that can cause a tangled mess, from rain or snow that would certainly mess up any do, and cold air that makes our strands brittle. But hat hair that goes flat and electric is not very desirable, so make sure to protect your hair with a silk scarf before putting the hat on. Another option is to use a heat protection product that combats frizzy hair and often is smoothing and calming.

Take Care of the Scalp

Drier air will inevitably also make your scalp drier. Use a dandruff shampoo to avoid getting an itchy, dry scalp, and check out or article on how to give yourself a stimulating scalp massage with essential oils to improve blood circulation and moisturize.

The Most Important: Conditioner

Clearly, one of the most important factors to keeping a nice and hydrated winter hair is repeated conditioning. Always use conditioner when you wash your hair, but do not wash it too often. It is normally enough to wash every three or four days. Make sure to not go outside with wet hair, and try to let the hair dry by itself. If you do use a blow-dryer, turn the settings to cool or let the hair dry a little bit before you start.

Also, a conditioning hair mask once a week is a good idea no matter the season. There are a ton of different versions depending on your hair thickness, what season it is, if you have dyed hair or not, and so on. Some of them need 15 minutes or more to have effect, but some take only a few. Make sure you apply the mask before you shampoo and condition your hair, as you do not want any product residue in there. There are also many ways to make your own hair mask at home.

• A popular mask is made from an avocado mixed with half a cup of coconut milk and three tablespoons of olive oil. If you warm this messy mashup for a few seconds in the microwave and apply it to your hair for half an hour, it will make your hair as shiny as ever. Avocados are very nutritional and good for our health, as it contains healthy fats, fibers, potassium, several vitamins and folate, which is beneficial for hair growth.

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Both eggs and avocado are good for your hair, whether you eat them or turn them into a DIY hair mask.

• Fight frizzy winter hair by mixing equal parts yogurt and honey with a tablespoon of almond oil. Apply to your hair and let sit for 20 minutes. This will calm and moisturize hair to reduce frizz, which is a common winter problem. Yogurt has been used for its health benefits for a very long time. this is because it contains lactic acid that not only for the stomach, but also for treating dull hair or dandruff. Eating yogurt has been scientifically proven to be linked to increased hair growth and shiny hair. And yogurt’s anti-fungal properties will prevent and treat dandruff if massaged into the scalp.

• Another very common ingredient in homemade hair masks is egg. Eggs are rich in vitamins, proteins and fats, which your hair needs. It may sound gross, but applying eggs to your hair will provide moisture, prevent breakage and make your hair lustrous. You can also mix an egg with a banana and half of an avocado. Add three tablespoons of buttermilk and olive oil and two tablespoons of honey. Let this mixture sit in your hair for 20 minutes and it will revive your locks.

Spontaneous Moisture

To keep your hair moisturized on the go, touch and scrunch the ends of your hair every time you apply hand cream. This allows you to get that little moisture boost every now and then. You can also grab some oil from the kitchen whenever you feel dried out or after washing the hair. Rub some coconut, olive or vegetable oil in your palms. Run your fingers through your hair, starting at the ends. If you have thin hair or hair that easily gets oily, avoid the upper parts closer to the scalp. This will make your roots oily fast.

Winter Hair Supplements

If you have tried these home remedies for your winter hair but want an extra boost, consider natural hair supplements. These contain a mix of the most important ingredients to help gain and maintain healthy hair. Make sure to also eat a mixed diet and remember to drink enough water, to get enough moisture from within. This will benefit your hair, skin, and overall health.

Text by Emma von Zeipel

Photo credits: Mitya Ku via Flickr

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The Role of Cayenne Peppers in Hair Growth

Cayenne Peppers

Some natural products play an extremely beneficial role in promoting healthy hair growth and hair regeneration. Cayenne peppers or Capsicum Annuum is one of these products. It has advantageous effects on our body’s respiratory, digestive, and circulatory system, along with aiding hair growth.
Cayenne pepper contains many unique elements which can influence the hair follicles, skin cells, and blood circulation. Let’s take a look at the different elements of cayenne pepper and how they can affect hair growth in an individual.

Different Elements of Cayenne Peppers and Their Role in Hair Growth and Hair Regeneration

The most important element in cayenne peppers is Capsaicin which produces a tingling sensation on the skin. It stimulates the skin cells which increases the overall metabolic process of the skin on a cellular level. Due to intensive metabolism, blood rushes to the skin of the scalp and the hair follicles receive sufficient nutrition and oxygen content from the blood flow which greatly promotes hair growth. Also, Capsaicin stimulates the dead skin cells of the scalp which leads to new hair follicle production.

Different Vitamins of Cayenne Peppers

Cayenne pepper also contains different vitamins such as Vitamin A, C and Vitamin B6. All these vitamins play a vital role in hair health and hair growth. Vitamin C is also a potent antioxidant which stops the formation of harmful free radicals in the body which damage the hair follicles. Meanwhile, Vitamin A causes regeneration of damaged cells of the scalp and Vitamin B6 reduces massive hair shedding and strengthens hair follicles in an individual.

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Using Cayenne Peppers as a supplement can help aid in healthier hair growth

Cayenne pepper is being used as an oil-based and alcohol-based hair tonic to promote healthy hair growth. It can also help to decrease hair loss in patients suffering from hair diseases such as Alopecia Areata.
In addition to topical preparations, oral supplements of cayenne pepper can also be used to stimulate a healthy environment for hair to grow in. The usual recommended dose of oral cayenne pepper is about 400 to 475mg/day. However, this dose can vary depending upon the health conditions of each individual, so it’s always best to consult with your doctor before beginning a new supplement.



Winter Hair: What Vitamin D Deficiency Does and How to Avoid it

Winter hair

During the colder months of the year, many of us suffer from winter hair. For those who don’t know what it is, it’s dry, static hair that easily can break. Though wintertime is cozy, with many chances to curl up inside with a good book, the darkness alone can be treacherous for both skin and hair. Those who live in the Northern hemisphere see the sun less, and get less D vitamin from that natural source. Deficiency in this vitamin could lead to depression, brittle bones and hair loss.

Why Vitamin D Is So Important

Vitamin D plays many parts in the body. Seasonal affective disorder, SAD, is a well-known phenomenon, meaning a depression that is related to changes in season. For most people, this means that the feeling of depression starts in the fall. It then peaks throughout the darker winter months, to subside in the spring when the light and warmth comes back. This disorder can be treated with light therapy or medication.

But vitamin D also plays a role in SAD. All our cells have receptors, which receive chemical signals that direct them to function in certain ways. Some of the cells in the specific area of the brain where depression is developed have receptors for vitamin D, which means that vitamin D plays some kind of role in depression. One theory is that vitamin D affects the amount of happiness chemicals in the brain. As anti-depressant medications work to increase these “feel-good” chemicals in us, some believe that increased intake of vitamin D would have the same effect. Also, as our vitamin D levels are at their lowest in the wintertime when SAD peaks, it is very likely that there is a connection.

Vitamin D is also important for the health of our bones, teeth, lungs, immune system, keeping our insulin levels normal, and for our cardiovascular health.

What Does Vitamin D Have To Do With Hair Loss?

Many people see a change in their hair in the winter, as the air gets dry and cold. The humidity in summer air can be annoying for people with frizzy or curly hair, but in the winter the effect from being outdoors is the opposite. It is common with winter hair that is flat and dry, with brittle strands that easily get electrostatic. To maintain a healthy winter hair you need a different regimen than in the summer. And without the vitamin D we get from the sun, people who suffer from thinning hair may experience increasing problems.

The Role Of Vitamin D

The role that vitamin D plays in our bodies has been increasingly examined during the past ten years. One study, published in 2013, found a connection between lack of D vitamin and hair loss in women as young as 18 – 45 years. In women suffering from hair thinning or female pattern baldness, the levels of vitamin D were significantly lower than in women with healthy hair growth. Though it is too early to tell which factor is causing which, it does show that the two are connected. Also, without sufficient vitamin D, the body cannot absorb some of the vitamins and minerals that are vital for our hair growth, as zinc and calcium.

Even if you do not suffer from hair loss, increased levels of vitamin D may aid your normal hair growth and give your winter hair care a kickstart. According to a Japanese study from 2012, vitamin D can help create new hair follicles, which in turn increases hair growth. The researchers found that treating people’s follicles with the vitamin “significantly enhanced the growth of new hair over that of the control group”, and that “the hair grew thicker and lasted longer.”

And according to a 2007 Harvard study, vitamin D could also help awaken hair follicles that are dormant. When follicles are dormant, they do not produce any hair and balding occurs. In some cases, if you reactivate follicles, renewed hair growth begins.

How To Get Enough Vitamin D

Unfortunately for those living in the North, the main way to get vitamin D is through sun exposure. The more skin you bare to the sun, the more vitamin D you soak up. Most other vitamins can be found in the food we eat. And we will be fine as long as we have a mixed diet. But there are very few foods that naturally contain vitamin D. So in the wintertime we may easily suffer from vitamin D deficiency, which will affect our hair and skin. So if you want to treat your winter hair, you should make sure to be outside as much as possible on sunny days and catch the daylight. This will also do wonders for your mood.

The other way to get enough vitamin D is through supplements. There are variations that only contain the exact vitamin you are deficient in, or supplements that target specific problem areas. Many natural hair supplements contain ingredients researchers have found vital for maintaining healthy hair growth. This include vitamin D, keratin, zinc and biotin. Even if you do not suffer from hair loss or problematic winter hair, supplements could still be considered. This is because they contain season specific ingredients that help you stay healthy during the dark winter months. If you do take a supplement that contains only vitamin D, make sure you stick to the recommended daily intake. There are different amounts advised depending on what you are treating for.

Text by Emma von Zeipel
Photo credits: Mitya Ku via Flickr
Nickolai Kashirin via Flickr  


on December 25, 2016

Of Hats and Hair – Uncovering Hair Myths

Hair Myths

There are many hair myths circling around out there, and of all the accessories people wear, hats are probably the most misunderstood. Scarves, belts and ties are always looked upon as items that add style and class to the wearer. But hats seem to have lost their place among them. Simply because of a few preconceived ideas we need to closely look into.

Hair myth no. 1: Wearing a hat can cause thinning hair or baldness

Hair appears thinner in areas covered by a hat just because it is pressed down when you are wearing one. It does not necessarily mean that strands have shed off because of friction or pulling. Which is the case in traction alopecia – temporary baldness caused by constant, tight tugging as a result of certain hairstyles such as buns, braids, or ponytails.

However, wearing an extremely tight hat may have the same result. Hair can be pulled by the hatband and break off from the follicle. Choosing the right hat size prevents this mistake and ensures that your head, and hair, will comfortably fit inside your chosen headgear without any stress. Once you take your hat off, there is nothing that a vigorous ruffle or shaking of the head will not do to bring back that volume into your hair. Cool hats and hair styles will not affect your hair growth.

Some hair myths are actually the opposite of the truth; hats can actually protect hair from baldness, by providing a shield against ultraviolet rays. UV rays damage keratin, a natural protein that makes up approximately 90% of the hair. Wearing a hat can prevent hair breakage by protecting keratin and keeping in moisture that would otherwise dry out from sun exposure.

Hair myth no. 2: Hats can make your hair grow white

This myth probably comes from the association between aging and wearing hats. As people often wear them to cover their already gray or white hair, or even bald spots. While hats can be a stylish way to cover up certain physical changes that come with aging. There is no scientific evidence that shows they have caused hair to lose its color.

On the contrary, hats can actually help retain hair color longer by providing shade and protection from the harsh ultraviolet rays of the sun. UV rays, not hats, destroy melanin – the coloring pigment found in our hair – and cause it to lighten and have a bleached effect. Hats and hair should actually be a great combination.

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A common myth about hats is that they cause baldness, but as long as you don’t wear hats that are too small or tight, you shouldn’t need to worry.

Hair myth no. 3 (the worst of hair myths): Hats can make hair grow slower or faster

Hair growth is affected by a variety of factors such as genetics, nutrition, state of health, drugs, and hair care. While wearing hats can impede air circulation to the scalp, air does nothing to nourish hair and promote growth. Nourishment comes from a healthy blood supply deep in the follicles. Hats really do not have anything to do with how fast or how slow hair grows.

Your hair goes through three, up to four, phases in a natural growth cycle. Anagen is the first stage, when scalp hair starts growing slowly at around one centimeter every 28 days and this goes on anywhere from two up to ten years.

While some hairs continue to grow during this period, some may move on to the catagen phase for two to three weeks. Which is when cell division slows down and the hair breaks off from the root to move up to the surface of the skin to form keratin.

The telogen phase happens when the hair completely stops growing for three to nine months, with some strands shedding off in the exogen stage.

Whether you wear a hat or not, your hair will grow and shed at the rate your genetics dictate. While other factors such as nutrition and hair care affecting it.

So, the next time your inner fashionista eyes a dapper fedora, reaches for a chic beret, or simply feels sporty with a baseball cap, there should be no need to worry now that you know the facts behind these hair myths.

Text by Anne Sarte

The Four Stages Of The Hair Growth Cycle


on December 21, 2016

What are the stages of hair growth? There are four stages in the hair growth cycle, each resulting in growth, shedding, or resting. Of course, you want to lengthen the growth phase and keep the resting phase as short as possible, so to keep your hair full, thick, and shiny, it’s important to gain a basic understanding of the hair cycle.

Anagen: Stage 1 in the hair growth cycle

This is when your hair grows about a half-inch every 28 days, and cells are dividing. But how long does hair remain in this cycle? Everyone is different, but one thing’s for sure: You want to stay in this phase as long as possible — and stress, hormone imbalance, medications, poor diet, sudden weight loss, aging, and even over-styling can shorten it. It’s good to remember that the hair follicle is actually a mini-organ with its own biological clock. When it’s out of balance or attacked in any way, it can disrupt hair production. The follicle is nourished by the blood vessels, and when they’re clogged or when circulation is compromised in any way, hair won’t be able to grow.

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Catagen: Stage 2 in the hair growth cycle

This is an approximately two-week period at the end of the Anagen phase. During this period, follicles detach from the blood vessels and blood supply is cut off. Club hairs, which are often those little short, colorless ones (some people refer to them as “dead hairs”), simply stop growing.

Telogen: Stage 3 in the hair growth cycle

This is typically a three-month period in the hair cycle when the follicle “rests” before starting the Anagen phase again. Stay too long, or start too early, and you’ll see noticeable thinning. 

Unfortunately, sometimes the scalp will be unhealthy and hair will stay longer in the Telogen (resting) stage. This is known as telogen effluvium and results in severe daily shedding for long periods. So make sure to nourish your scalp by eating a healthy diet, practicing stress management, and getting plenty of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, essential amino acids (the building blocks of protein), and plant-based adaptogens.

Exogen: Stage 4 in the hair growth cycle

This hair growth cycle stage is just an extension of the “resting period.” Dead hair will shed, and new hair simultaneously starts to grow. You’ll probably shed 50-100 hairs per day during this time, and that’s normal, as long as you don’t stay in this phase too long. Make sure to keep your scalp healthy and nourished, as well as reduce negative internal and external triggers such as stress, smoking, and environmental toxins.

Have more questions about the hair growth phases?  At Nutrafol, we’re here for you and your hair. We want to help anybody and everybody committed to growing. Connect with our experts at Nutrafol, and learn more about what Nutrafol can do for your hair.

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The L-Lysine Benefits in Hair Growth

L-Lysine benefits

L-lysine is an essential amino acid. It plays a major role in the production of several hormones, enzymes, and antibodies in the body. It also helps in the support of hair growth for both men and women. Let’s take a look at the L-lysine benefits for your hair.

L-Lysine benefits to Stop Hair Loss and Promote Hair Growth


is a protein which forms the basic structure of hair follicle, along with keratinThe formation of collagen depends upon L-lysine. L-lysine is responsible for collagen formation since it helps absorb a vital mineral – calcium.


This is the major ingredient required for the production of collagen in hair, nails and skin. If you have a lack of L-lysine it stops the production of collagen. This, in turns can lead to massive hair loss.


DHT is extremely harmful for hair growth because it stops it. L-lysine helps stop this process, with the result that DHT is not formed in the body. Therefore, L-lysine supplements are recommended to help with poor hair health by supporting a healthy environment for hair to thrive.

Dietary Sources of L-Lysine

Foods rich in L-lysine include fish sources such as cod, sardines, and salmon. Other sources are poultry, dairy products, legumes, red meat, pork, nuts, pulses and spirulina. Daily intake of protein from these sources can prevent the lack of L-lysine in the body. People at high risk of developing L-lysine deficiency include; vegetarians, and athletes who have high protein requirements.

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Spirulina is a good supplement to help prevent hair loss.

L-Lysine Supplements

If lack of L-lysine can’t be fulfilled through dietary intake, then supplements are recommended. The usual recommended dose is 1-1.5 grams per day. It also depends on the level of deficiency and health conditions of each individual. But be careful not to consume too much of it. When L-Lysine is consumed in large amounts for a long time period, it can increase the cholesterol level and the L-Lysine benefits are lost. So make sure to only consume L-lysine supplements after proper consultation with a medical practitioner.


5 Herbal Oils That Promote Hair Growth

Hair growth

At Nutrafol, we know that good hair growth doesn’t come easy. But we also know that some of the best hair treatments come right out of the pantry. Because they’re all-natural, there are no chemicals, toxins or parabens involved.

Here’s our pick for the 5 top herbal oils to promote your hair growth. Be sure to go for the organic, cold-pressed and extra virgin versions — no processing!

Palm Oil for hair growth

Up until recently, coconut oil has gotten all the attention. But now palm oil is catching up as the new king of healthy oils for hair growth.
First, it’s loaded with tocotrienols, a member of the Vitamin E family and Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant. Palm oil also has the most Vitamin A and contains carotenoids beta-carotene, essential fatty acids, polyphenolic acids and flavonoids.

Herbal Infused Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is still considered by most to be the #1 king of healthy oils. Known for aiding everything from cardiovascular problems and weight loss to — you guessed it — decreasing shedding hair. It’s full of natural antioxidants and other nutrients. It stimulates circulation when you rub it into your scalp and contains auric acid–which binds to the protein in hair and decreases hair breakage. For an extra boost, add some hair growth-promoting herbs like saw palmetto.

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Saw Palmetto is a good herb to add, if you want to aid your hair growth

Rosemary-infused Olive Oil

Rosemary is an herb that promotes hair growth. While olive oil is one of the healthiest oils around; in fact, it’s so full of antioxidants. Combined, rosemary and olive oil will give your scalp the nourishment it so desires!

Ashwagandha Essential Oil

Ashwagandha is sometimes referred to as “Indian Ginseng,” because it energizes, boosts immunity, stimulates, rejuvenates, and actually promotes healthy sleep!

Lavender Oil

Lavender, with its soft, sweet scent, both rejuvenates and relaxes. It eliminating stress and anxiety — and that means it gets rid of stress hormones, causes of hair loss. When applied directly to the scalp, it stimulates and increases circulation — and it aids other contributing factors, like dry and flaky scalp.

How to Grow Hair Faster and Longer: 12 Simple Tips

Grow hair faster

Whether you’re a man or woman, odds are you think about how your hair looks. Especially if you’re a woman, you may want your hair to be longer now. Our hair grows a quarter of an inch a month, but sometimes we don’t see that length, or we wish for  it to grow faster.  Waiting for hair to grow out is no simple feat. If you’re feeling impatient and want to speed your hair growth process along, follow these 12 simple ideas to help get your hair the length you want it as fast as possible.

1. Stop cutting it.

Many people think that frequent trimming helps grow hair faster and longer. The only time this actually works is if your hair is incredibly damaged at the ends. If so, make sure you cut off all of the damaged length (not just half an inch). The healthier the ends, the less it breaks off.

2. Stop styling it.

Stop adding chemicals to the mix, and stop heating it and pulling it just to make it look nice. A little natural product is OK, but constantly playing with it will just break it.

3. Eat a well-balanced diet.

Food is so closely connected to skin and hair health. Make sure you’re eating your veggies and fruits, Omega 3 fatty acids in nuts and fish, and even take supplements like fish oil or multivitamins to make sure your getting all of the essential nutrients you need. Remove acidic or processed foods, and avoid red meat.

4. Wash less.

If you have oily hair, this may seem very unappealing, but in reality many shampoos strip your hair of the natural oils it needs to remain healthy. Try shampooing less often and your hair’s oils will naturally balance out.

5. Condition every time to grow hair faster.

When you shower, but don’t shampoo, make sure you still apply conditioner. This keeps your ends healthy, letting your hair grow.

6. Rinse with cold water.

This sounds uncomfortable, but by rinsing with cold water, you can help close your follicles to protect from hair loss and yanking.

7. Massage your scalp.

Don’t confuse a massage with a harsh itching. That may feel good, but will rip hair from the follicles. Gently massage your scalp without pulling hair to help stimulate follicle growth.

8. Mask it.

There are tons of recipes for hair masks, including castor and coconut oil, keratin oils, egg masks, apple cider vinegar rinses, etc. Try whatever you want, but find something that works and use it once a week. Your hair should feel heavier and look shinier – a good sign that your concoction is working.

9. Avoid stress.

Of course, this is next to impossible for most of us, but avoiding as much stress as possible can help your hair grow healthier. You really do lose hair when your cortisol levels rise.

10. Be gentle.

Don’t play with your hair a lot (flipping it over your shoulder, etc.), and don’t brush it roughly when you get out of the shower. Avoid putting it up in that towel as well!

11. Drink more water.

We are made up of 80% water, and without that our body doesn’t produce as well as it needs to. This includes hair production!

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Water is not only good for your body but also for your hair – remember to stay hydrated!

12. Supplement.

There are tons of supplements that support healthy hair growth on the market – check them out! They can help ensure your hair gets all the essential vitamins and nutrients it needs to stay healthy.




Hair Shedding and How to Help Avoid it

Hair Shedding

Our hair is our crowning glory and it is the one feature that most people notice first. Apart from our smiles of course. That being said, a common problem that most men and women are facing today is excessive hair shedding. This could be due to various reasons like stress from work, hereditary predispositions, our hair care and even foods we eat. All these reasons contribute to the well being or the health of our hair.

On average, a normal person sheds up to 100 hairs daily. If you notice that you are shedding more hair than normal, you may have a condition known as ‘telogen effluvium’. Many people who have undergone the following experiences may face excessive hair shedding. If you have recently lost a lot of weight, like losing over 20 pounds, given birth, undergone a surgery or operation or have experienced a lot of stress due to a loved one’s death, divorce or job loss – you could be noticing an increase in hair shedding. Even something as simple as stopping your birth control pills, infections or recovering from an illness or a high fever could trigger excessive hair shedding.

The Difference Between Hair Shedding and Hair Loss

There is a difference between hair shedding and hair loss. Our hair goes through a growth period and a rest period. After a period of time which can range from 2 – 8 years, our hair ‘sheds’ itself and a new hair grows in the hair follicle. As time passes, less hair grows back so you may notice that your hair looks thinner as you age. The average age for a person to notice thinning hair is 30.
Now, the difference between the two is that hair loss occurs when something prevents your hair from growing. If you are facing hair loss, you should determine what is causing it to happen. This could range from certain drugs you may be taking, tight hairstyles, hereditary reasons and more. Certain treatments like radiation and chemotherapy cause your hair to fall, but once the treatment is over, your hair will likely begin growing back.

How to Avoid Hair Shedding

You should be careful on the types of hairstyles you adopt. Try to leave your hair hanging loose as much as you can as this lessens the amount of pressure your hair undergoes.

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Letting your hair hang loose is a good way to help prevent excessive hair shedding

If you tie your hair tight in a ponytail constantly, your hair strands face constant pressure that can lead to hair breakage. While these seem like simple solutions for controlling hair shedding, just following these tips can help make a difference in the amount of hair strands you see on your pillow or after brushing

If you still see noticeable hair shedding after following these steps, you may need to consult a doctor. You may even require treatment for your problem, which a dermatologist may be best able to help you with. The hereditary hair loss gene can be inherited and this may cause the gradual thinning you may notice. If you are very concerned about the health of your hair, do consult a professional to pinpoint the exact cause.