What You Need to Know When Dealing with Postpartum Hair Loss

Becoming a mother can be very rewarding and simultaneously very challenging. Your body is going through a whirlwind of changes, and in the middle of all this you do not expect your hair to start falling out in clumps. But for some women it does.

This is referred to as postpartum hair loss, telogen gravidarum, and telogen effluvium. This excessive hair shedding occurs most often between two and four months after giving birth, and according to statistics from the American Pregnancy Association, between 40 and 50 percent of women are affected.

But what is the reason for this postpartum hair loss? We asked Dr. Christine Carlan Greves, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist practicing in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Greves has been working with a lot of these cases and is familiar with postpartum hair loss.

“When a woman is pregnant, she has a lot of extra hormones in the body, including estrogen,” she says.

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Shedding hair as a post-baby reaction is something that cannot be prevented but it is however a condition that is a temporary one.

“The estrogen helps protect us from losing our hair. Then when she has the baby, there’s a sudden change in the hormone levels, including a drop in the estrogen. And this shift can cause a response in the body that may affect the hair cycle,” she continues, adding that breastfeeding might also be a contributing factor to excessive hair shedding.

“When breastfeeding, the prolactin levels are increased. That hormone, that is responsible for breast milk production, has been associated with hair loss as well”, Dr Greves explains.

Shedding hair as a postpartum reaction cannot be prevented but is however a  a temporary condition. While it does correct itself after some time, it certainly does not hurt to take extra care of your hair during this period. The following remedies are ones that you can easily do at home.

 

Things To Do When Dealing with Thinning Hair

    • Use a Volumizing Shampoo
      Volumizing shampoos tend to contain something called dimethicone. Dimethicone is a silicone-based polymer and the ingredient coats and seals the hair. While this is not stopping hair from shedding, it will give your hair an illusion of looking fuller to compensate for the temporary thinning.

 

    • Condition Light
      When conditioning your hair, make sure to only condition the roots. If you condition the strands further out as well, it will weigh the hair down, making it easier to break and fall off.

 

    • Stimulate Your Scalp
      Use massage to increase the blood flow to your scalp, but also invest in a scalp treatment that will help you clear all the dead skin cells around the hair follicles. This will make the hair follicles stay open, which will promote hair growth.

 

    • Choose Softer Hairstyles
      Do not pull your hair back too tightly, as the traction can lead to hair loss. Try to put a scarf over your hair instead of ponytailing it.

 

  • Invest In a Supplement
    Biotin seems to be the natural choice for many people looking for a supplement to help with their hair. But why not try a hair supplement that contains biotin AND other natural ingredients? Nutrafol’s supplement contains enzymes naturally found in the body which help nurture healthy hair growth. It is designed to provide essential nutrients for growing healthy hair and targets the potential triggers of thinning hair.

So if you are currently experiencing postpartum hair loss and are in the process of growing your hair back, Nutrafol may be a great addition to help your hair remain healthy and strong as it begins to naturally regrow.

Natural Remedies for Hair Regrowth – According to Science This is What Really Works

Male hair is fraught with mythology and misconception. So when it comes to hair regrowth, what is true and what is fiction? Nutrafol took a closer look at some natural remedies for your hair and would like to let you in on what really works, based on science.

Pumpkin Seed Oil

A study was conducted on the effect of pumpkin seed oil on hair loss in men. Patients received 400mg of pumpkin seed oil for 24 weeks. “Hair count increases of 40 percent were observed in treated men at 24 weeks, whereas increases of 10 percent were observed in placebo-treated men,” the study stated. The researcher came to the conclusion that pumpkin seed oil reduces levels of 5-alpha reductase, which is an enzyme that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the main cause of androgenetic alopecia.

Saw Palmetto

On the subject of DHT, herbal extract saw palmetto has been shown to reduce levels by around 38 percent. And a recent study published in 2017 compared the effects of saw palmetto and finasteride (more well known under the name of Propecia). It showed that saw palmetto had a positive impact on hair growth as it contains components that prevent the conversion of testosterone into DHT. DHT is a naturally occurring hormone in the body that contributes to hair thinning by shrinking hair follicles.

A Diet Low in Fast Digesting Carbs and Low in Sugar

Fast digesting carbs lead to an increase in blood sugar. This causes your body to release insulin. If you have a high level of insulin, you would most likely have low levels of globulin. Globulin, or SHBG is what binds to DHT and renders it ineffective. So basically, sugar equals more insulin equals less SHBG equals more DHT equals more hair loss.

Biotin

Biotin is crucial for the formation of keratin which is the key component of hair and nails. Deficiency is rare but if you have a deficiency it is important to up your biotin intake. It has been shown to improve blood sugar regulation, which may have a positive effect on hair loss.

Scalp massage

In this small trial, standardized scalp massages were administered 4 minutes a day for 24 weeks. Researchers observed an increase in hair thickness as well as an increase in the expression of hair cycle related genes. They also saw a decrease in a gene associated with hair loss.

Scalp massage is great to prevent hair loss and increase hair thickness
Scalp massage is a natural remedy that increases hair thickness.

Derma Roller Microneedling

A derma roller may be one of the effective natural hair loss treatments – especially when it comes to hair regrowth. If you don’t know what it is, a derma roller basically looks like a small paint roller but with a surface full of little needles. You use it by rolling it over your skin, or areas of hair loss on your scalp.
This 2013 study demonstrated that derma roller microneedling is far more effective for hair regrowth than minoxidil alone. After 12 weeks, subjects treated with a derma roller saw dramatic regrowth. In addition, when you roll over the part where the skin is damaged, growth factors and stem cells rush to the site of the trauma. So this does not only repair the damage but can awaken dormant hair follicles.

A Plant Based Supplement Like Nutrafol

Nutrafol has identified plants with powerful therapeutic effects. It is known for using botanical ingredients that help address triggers like stress levels and free radicals that interrupt optimal hair growth. The supplement increases the production of signaling molecules thanks to the phytonutrients. In addition, these are the molecules that normally stimulate the follicles to enter into the growth phase of the hair cycle.

If you are curious about using natural remedies for hair loss then maybe this will help you understand more about their effectiveness based on science. The trick is finding the right one that works for you and your hair.

The Best Ways to Increase Your Hair Growth the Natural Way

How to grow long hair

We have all heard about them – endless natural methods that can help you improve your hair quality and aid healthy hair growth. Yes, there are plenty of home remedies that people use to try to regrow their hair, but in order to pick a remedy that actually works, it pays off to read up on the the right research supporting such methods. So what works and what doesn’t? Among so many remedies and treatments, it can be hard to determine what is fact and what is fiction when it comes to hair growth. This is what we know so far.

Consider This For Natural Hair Growth

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Washing your hair often will not cause hair loss.
  • Stress

    Stress is not doing your body nor your hair a favor. When you are shocking your body and putting it through physical or emotional trauma, it also shocks the hair follicles which can stop them from growing. Studies have attempted to show a correlation between stress and hair loss. One study focused on a chemical mixture that blocks the effects of stress on the gut. Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, used mice that were genetically altered to produce more stress hormones. As a side effect of being more stressed, the mice had gone bald.

  • Hair Care

    There is some confusion about whether hair care contributes to hair loss or not. For example, washing your hair often will not cause hair loss, but you should not over-use heat tools as they can damage, burn or dry out your hair. However, if this happens, the hair will grow back. Hair dye is another cause that is wildly discussed. Most hair-coloring treatments contain chemicals that can damage your hair and make it fall out, leaving you with temporary hair loss. Some hairstyles, such as tight plaits or ponytails can cause hair loss because of the tension it creates on the hair. However, hair care products such as gel and hairspray, do not cause hair loss.

  • Scalp Massage

    A study conducted in Japan showed that scalp massage could increase hair thickness. The men involved in the study had regular massages over a 24-week period. After the trial, researchers could conclude that, while hair growth rate did not improve, thickness improved significantly. Researchers believe this has to do with the increased blood flow and direct stimulation of the cells.

The Latest Hair Care Tech – The Hair Analyzer Will Look Inside Your Hair

Since the dawn of man – and hair related issues – hair care companies have created products to address the particular needs of your hair. And now a line of beauty salons have taken that concept further with the creation of a device designed to look inside your hair to see what it really needs. Simply put, hair care tech at its most advanced.

Henkel Beauty Care is the creator of the Schwarzkopf Professional SalonLab. SalonLab is a handheld Bluetooth connected device that analyzes your strands. After your strands are analyzed, the device sends the data to an app, which comes up with a customized shampoo formula. The device is not bigger than a smartphone, and you run it through your hair from root to tip. It contains near-infrared and light sensors to measure inner hair quality, moisture level and true hair color. So to those of you who have dyed your hair so many times that you can’t really remember your true hair color – this little thing will help you solve that mystery. You will never have to wonder at your hair color again. Hair-evolution, right?

Not a Replacement for a Knowledgeable Stylist

However, the analyzer is not meant to replace the expertise of stylist. Quite the contrary actually – it is supposed to work as a compliment, providing the experts with more information to take care of your hair.

“A good and trained hairdresser can tell if hair is damaged, but they could never look into the hair,” says Marie-Eve Schroeder, chief marketing officer at Henkel Beauty Care, in a press release.

SalonLab is a handheld Bluetooth connected device that analyzes your strands.

If the Hair Care Analyzer Shows That Your Hair is Dry

One of the most common diagnosis the hair care analyzer will probably give is your hair is dry. And maybe you’re like “Yeah, thanks I knew that already!” But having the gadget give you that information is the first step towards healthy hair. Because, understanding the root cause of dry hair and taking the right action could be all you need to get the locks you long for.

The problem with dry hair can usually be found in your scalp and the fact that it is not making enough oil to moisturize your hair. Hair has no natural lubrication. It simply relies on oils made in the hair roots to keep your hair shafts moisturized and lustrous. As you get older, your roots makes less oil, which explains why your hair gets more dry and brittle with age. Since the roots are under your skin, dry scalp usually comes with dry hair. A dry scalp, in turn, peels and sheds, leading to dandruff flakes on your shoulders.

Knowing about your dry hair and what lead to it, makes it possible to try to change a few things to end up with that soft hair you always dreamt of. The best hair care tips to avoid dry hair are:

  • Wash it less often.
  • When you wash it, use a shampoo specifically for dry hair.
  • Avoid hair products that have alcohol and sulfates in them as both tend to dry out the hair.
  • Always use a moisturizing conditioner after the shampoo.
  • Massage your scalp with some coconut oil to replenish moisture.
  • Invest in a hair supplement that works to improve your hair from within.

Hair Loss and Cancer – Chemotherapy Does Not Need to Lead to Hair Loss Anymore

Hair Loss and cancer – as if the dreaded disease isn’t bad enough it usually comes with the added burden of hair loss. So when the news hit the world of a new device that helps cancer patients keep their hair during chemotherapy, cancer patients everywhere felt there might be a small amount of relief to everything they already have to deal with.

DigniCap is the name of the device that is supposed to revolutionize hair loss during chemotherapy. It is a scalp cooling system that offers patients the possibility of keeping all or most of their hair during chemotherapy. According to DigniCap, the cooling system was approved by the FDA for use in the U.S. in December 2015.

Modern medicine has come a long way when it comes to handling the side effects of chemotherapy, making many aspects of the treatment manageable for the patients. But hair loss has been one of the side effects that for a long time was unavoidable. Many patients going through chemotherapy has said that they do not like the fact that hair loss makes it so obvious to others that they are are sick.

Dr. Saranya Chumsri, an oncologist specializing in breast cancer at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, a clinic that now offers their patients DigniCap, said in an interview for the local paper that many patients do not want to be reminded they have cancer.

“Even though they, most of the time, feel really well, the fact that they don’t have hair reminds them every single day that they have cancer and are on chemotherapy. With the DigniCap system, just the fact they can keep their hair makes a whole world of difference,” said Dr Chumsri.

 

How Dignicap Works When Dealing with Cancer and Hair Loss

The DigniCap scalp cooling system is a tight-fitting silicone cooling cap. The cap is placed directly on the head of the person. And an outer cap is placed on the first silicone cap, and insulates and secures it.

The cap is connected to a cooler, where liquid coolant circulates throughout the silicone cap, delivering cooling to all areas of the scalp. Before the patients put on the cap, they wet their hair, and sometimes, when the treatment is done, they can actually find ice crystals in their hair. The temperature of the scalp is lowered and the scalp is kept cold, and because of that, less chemotherapy makes it to the scalp.

These are the factors that reduce the risk of hair loss. What determines how long the patients will be attached to the DigniCap, is the treatment that they are getting. But it usually last from four to seven hours.

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More and more clinics are integrating Dignicap as part of the post-cancer treatment.

Still Unattainable for Most People

Even though DigniCap is revolutionizing the battle of cancer and hair loss, it is still a tool that is mainly for those who can afford it. Using DigniCap is not cheap. In fact, it costs about $400 for each treatment.

Other problems that have been reported are that some of the patients get a headache from the cap, and that the strap on the cap can give some patients irritations on the chin. Nonetheless, more and more clinics are integrating DigniCap as part of their post-cancer treatment, making it a great development when it comes to cancer and hair loss.

William Cronin, the Chief Executive Officer of Dignitana Inc, the company that produces DigniCap, says in an article that he is honored to make a real difference for cancer patients who fear losing their hair to chemotherapy.

“As more and more centers like the Mayo Clinic integrate new innovations like the DigniCap system into their cancer care regimens, we move closer and closer to the day when that fear is a thing of the past,” he comments.

 

Nutrafol lathered down two of the most common shampoo ingredients

sulfate-free shampoo

The latest buzzwords in beauty are paraben and sulfate, but it seems that nobody really tells you the reasons why. Why are parabens bad for you? Or sulfates? Why is it not good to have them as shampoo ingredients?

It’s known to us that we need to avoid them and many products today now include that statement in their marketing. But is the sulfate-free and paraben-free really that much better? Let us present the real down-low on parabens and sulfates before you decide which shampoo ingredients are bad for your hair and which are not.

They are chemicals found in beauty products

Parabens are chemicals that have been used since the 1950s to prevent bacteria. They act as a preservative in deodorants, lotions, lipsticks, shampoos, scrubs, and more. Sulfates, on the other hand, are effective cleansing and foaming agents. They can be found in toothpaste, shampoo and body washes, among other products.

They might be harmful

Yes, unfortunately studies have shown that some parabens can mimic the activity of the hormone estrogen in the body’s cells. Some estrogenic activity is associated with certain forms of breast cancer, and parabens have been found present in breast tumors. So…what about sulfates, then? Sulfates have many scientists concerned because they have been found to break down proteins, which can lead to a degenerative effect on cell membranes.

But – it has not been proven

Sulfate and Paraben
Sulfates may cause skin irritation and a dry scalp.

So far there is no scientific evidence to prove that parabens are linked to cancer. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review says that it is safe in up to a maximum concentration of 50 percent if they are properly rinsed off the skin.

Apply the safe not sorry routine

If you’re sweating just over the thought of using products that contain these chemicals – switch to something else. There’s a wide range of beauty products that are paraben- and sulfate-free. So how about ditching and switching?

Sulfate is not good if you want to keep your hair healthy

They can cause a number of problems such as drying out your hair, irritating your scalp, fading your color and in some cases even leading to hair loss.

Sulfate-free products are not necessarily better

The role sulfates play in your shampoo is to get rid of any build-up in your hair. However, with that they also take away natural oils, leaving your hair rough and dry. It’s important to keep in mind that just because a product is sulfate-free, it doesn’t mean that you still won’t run into these problems. Many beauty companies have swapped out sulfates for other chemicals, which in some cases can be even worse. So to make sure that sulfate-free products will not damage your hair, too – look for alternatives that use fruit or vegetable-based cleansing ingredients.

Use with a hint of self-control

Whatever you decide to do, balance and moderation is key. Rotate between different products to give your hair some rest every now and then.

This is how you avoid thinning hair and the most common causes for it

In a previous post Nutrafol wrote about the most common causes for hair loss in women so it’s only right that we give you some tips on how to support healthier hair growth.

Nourish your hair

As for any other part of your body, proper nutrition is essential for your hair. Putting oil in the roots provides nutrition and strength to help your hair grow long and strong. It also helps rejuvenate dead hair shafts. Oils enriched with herbs give your hair strength and stimulates blood circulation. This will help you grow thicker hair.

Massage your head

Massaging your scalp may be one of the simplest and most soothing hair care tips. It improves blood circulation and stimulates blood flow to the entire body. Coconut oil and almond oil is good when massaging your scalp. Applying lavender oil also promotes hair growth.

Try the no-poo method

Shampooing your hair twice or thrice a week allows the natural oils to penetrate your hair, thereby allowing it to hydrate and repair itself. When you shampoo your hair, you are shampooing it to wash away dirt and product build-up. But if you use it on daily basis, it can make your hair dry, frizzy and brittle, which can lead to breakage. Shampoo contains sulfates and it is these sulfates when used excessively that can cause damage to your hair. A more natural way to go is either to choose a sulfate-free shampoo or the no-poo method.

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A well nourished hair, is a healthy hair. Try one of these natural ways to prevent the causes of hair loss.

Use conditioner

If you want to maintain your hair, using a conditioner is a key factor. It locks the moisture in the shaft, prevents your hair from drying out and provides protection from dirt and pollution. And some of them even protect your hair from the sun. It also helps replace the lipids and proteins inside the hair shaft and seals the cuticles to prevent further damage. Try a homemade conditioner if you want a healthier and more natural alternative.

… or even better, use a deep conditioner

Hair masks are sometimes required for your hair to stay youthful and healthy. Luckily Nutrafol has the perfect deep conditioner for you and your hair.

Or why not try beer for your hair?

Although beer is not exactly all natural, it does work wonders for your hair. You can use it in two ways.

  • You can rinse your hair in beer or turn it into a shampoo.
  • If you’re looking to use it in your shampoo, then all you need to do is heat the beer up and then mix it with your shampoo. You can use it the same way you use any shampoo. Just apply, lather up and rinse off.

Take supplements to support your hair

BioPerine encourages hair growth by improving the bioavailability of many nutrients in the body. You can take BioPerine supplements in the form of capsules. Also, using pepper, which is the source for BioPerine, in your daily sauces or food will do the trick. Not as much as the supplement itself, but it will still help.

Photos by: Beth Punches via Flickr.

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Onion Juice for Hair Growth: Does It Work?

Onion juice has gotten some hype lately on social media. The claim is that you can use onion juice for hair growth. But does onion for hair growth really work? Instead of wading through different websites about onion juice for hair loss, we did the research for you to find out if onion juice for hair loss really works.

Scientific Study Investigates Whether Onion Juice for Hair Growth Works

There’sone study published regarding onion juice for hair regrowth, “Onion juice (Allium cepa L.), a new topical treatment for alopecia areata,” which researched the effects of using onion juice or onion oil for hair growth.

In this study, patients with alopecia areata — a form of sudden hair loss in which one or more circular bald patches may overlap on the scalp — were divided into two groups. Group 1 was directed to apply onion juice to the scalp twice a day for two months, and Group 2 was advised to apply tap water to the scalp twice a day for two months.

After two weeks of treatment, notable effects were already taking place to demonstrate the efficacy of onion for hair growth. Regrowth of coarse hairs was observed in Group 1, and after four weeks, researchers observed regrowth in 86.9% of the group that was using onions for hair growth.

The researchers concluded that onion juice can be an effective therapy for patchy alopecia areata and to promote hair regrowth. In other words, onion juice for hair regrowth can be helpful.

Why is Onion Juice Effective Against Hair Loss?

Onion juice may seem to be an unlikely treatment to fight against hair loss, but these veggies actually have many natural benefits for hair. Onions are rich in sulfur, which has antibacterial and antifungal properties, so it’s effective at killing germs and parasites as well as helping heal fungal infections. Hair loss is often triggered by an unhealthy scalp, so it makes sense that sulfur-rich onion juice may be helpful for some causes of hair loss. Another benefit when applying it to the scalp is that onion juice helps to get rid of dandruff, which is usually fungal in nature. Onions also contain quercetin, an antioxidant that studies have shown may be useful in treating alopecia areata.

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Red onions are a richer source of quercetin than white, but ALL onions contain some.

How to Use Onion Juice on Your Hair

Want to try onion juice to see whether it helps your hair? Here’s how to get onion juice.

  1. Grate an onion and strain the pulp. You can strain it with a sieve, press it between two spoons, or squeeze it through cheesecloth. Throw away the pulp and use only the juice.
  2. Use a juicer. This is the easiest method and will give you the greatest amount of onion juice for you to work with.

Are there any onion juice for hair growth side effects? Possibly. After using onion juice, some people noticed their scalp has become red and itchy. This is why it’s important to test how you react to onion juice by applying it to a very small area before putting it all over your scalp. Onion juice is very strong, so avoid any broken skin or sore areas. If you’re still concerned about getting a reaction like this, try boiling chopped onions and using the water once it has cooled down, which is much milder than pure onion juice.

How About the Smell?

Onions do have a very strong smell but the smell is only intense during application. When the onion juice has been washed out, the smell is barely noticeable. But if the odor still lingers, there are a few things you can try to remove it:

How to Get the Most Out of Your Onion Juice Treatment

Massage onion juice into the scalp and leave it overnight if possible. If not, 30 minutes will do. Apply it as often as you can, like whenever you’re getting ready to wash your hair. It can take a few weeks before you see any results. You can also complement the treatment with some natural supplements like Nutrafol that don’t smell to support healthy hair growth. Combining the two treatments will ensure your hair is happy and healthy.

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Aurelien Guichard via Flickr.

Beer for Hair: Treatment, Benefits, and More

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Beer for your hair? We’ll cheers to that! Washing hair with beer has many benefits for your scalp and hair. But why is washing hair with beer good for your hair? Here’s a closer look.

Benefits of Beer for Hair

Beer, that ever-so-popular brew, can add strength and shine to dull, limp hair. The best part is that you don’t need to drink the beer to get the benefits. Using beer for hair growth and improved appearance is as simple as applying it to your scalp and hair.

Why is beer good for your hair? The malt and hops in beer are loaded with protein, which nourishes and strengthens your hair. By putting beer in hair, dry and damaged hair can be repaired to its former lusciousness, thanks to the nutrients. The protein binds to hair that’s become dehydrated from blow drying, styling and harsh weather, leaving the hair restored and with more body.

The benefits of beer for hair don’t stop there. Using beer in hair can also make your hair shinier. As the proteins bind with hair cuticles, the newly smoothed surface will better reflect light, making your hair look shinier. Beer also contains B vitamins, which will help make your strands shiny.

 

Stylist Luigi Parasmo, who has worked for on runway shows for couture brands like Versace, Armani and Dolce & Gabbana, believes beer can make everything better in the hair department.

Parasmo says beer for hair works well because the alcohol acts as a cleansing and shine agent while also having a softening effect.

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If you do not want to rinse your hair with beer, transfer the mixture to a spray bottle and spray it on instead, using it as a leave-in conditioner.

Beer for Hair as a Shampoo, Rinse or Leave-in Conditioner

We’ve explored what a beer rinse can do for your hair before. If you need a reminder of how to use beer in your shampoo or conditioner regimen, here’s a reminder.

To use beer as a hair rinse when you wash your hair, mix it at room temperature with an equal amount of water and add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. The apple cider vinegar will help lessen the beer smell. After you shampoo your hair, use the beer rinse as your conditioner.

For best results, let the mixture soak for a few minutes before rinsing. While a beer rinse can be too drying to use every day, doing it once or twice a month works as well as a pricey clarifying shampoo when it comes to removing buildup from hair products.

A beer rinse isn’t the only thing that you can do. You can also use beer as a leave-in conditioner. For a leave-in conditioner, transfer the mixture to a spray bottle, spray it on and go. As mentioned before, the proteins in beer bind to the hair shaft, which also creates volume. So if you have fine, thin hair, this can deliver tons of volume.

Many people have seen fuller, thicker hair by trying a beer rinse. But while this method fortifies existing ones, it doesn’t help you grow new hair. But because beer is rich in proteins and vitamins from the natural barley and hops, it does contain some necessary nutrients for supporting healthy hair.

Conclusion: How Beer Provides Benefits for Hair

  1. Beer contains protein, which can strengthen your hair.
  2. Beer has an acidic pH, which makes your hair shiny by tightening the cuticles.
  3. Beer contains hops, which are natural astringents.

Prevent hair loss by following these simple steps

There are few things that are more alarming than a noticeably sparser hairline or locks that seem to have lost their volume. Loosing 50 to 100 strands of hair a day is normal, but if you start to lose more than that, it can indicate an issue. It is usually nothing to pull your hair out over. The causes can be anything from genetics to how you are styling your hair. Luckily, thinning hair is usually more of a cosmetic concern rather than a health one, and preventing hair loss is actually something that can be done. However, if you do not see some results within a few months, a simple blood test by your doctor can determine if the hair loss is caused by an underlying health condition.

First things first…

Avoid hairstyles that are to tight

Tight ponytails, cornrows, and anything else that pulls on the small hairs that make up your hairline can cause hair loss. The stress caused by these tight hairstyles pulls too strongly on the delicate hairs of your hairline and hair loss can occur. If you do need to put your hair up in a ponytail, use an elastic that doesn’t have metal. It will help to prevent your hair to get tangled in the elastic and the risk of pulling some of them along the way when removing your ponytail.

Avoid heat tools

Heat is always hard on hair. It causes bonds within the hair strands to fracture, causing brittle hair that breaks and falls out. If you however decide to use a hair straightener or curling iron, make sure to move it every ten seconds. Do not leave it on one area of your hair for too long. Also keep in mind that if you hear sizzling, or if you burn your fingers, the heat setting is too high. Remember that you should try to let your hair dry naturally as often as possible. When you do use styling tools, make sure to use a heat-protecting spray.

Choose your food wisely

It is simple: you are what you eat. So a good idea in order to prevent hair loss is to take a look at your diet. Foods high in vitamins and minerals such as iron, zinc, and vitamin B12 can help prevent hair loss. Make sure your diet includes plenty of leafy greens, nuts, beans, fish, and lean meats. If you are struggling with getting enough nutrients in your daily diet, a good supplement can help cover whatever your diet is missing.

Use products targeted to restore hair growth

Thinning hair and hair loss is a huge cosmetic concern for women so many companies have now created products that are restoring hair growth. All these products contain numerous oils and minerals that support healthy hair growth, destroy bacteria that can cause hair breakage and loss, and ensure a healthy scalp condition as well.

Consider some sort of medication

Minoxidil, the active ingredient in Rogaine, is an over-the-counter medication that can be applied to the hair in liquid or mousse form. The medication works by stimulating the hair follicles and promoting regrowth in as little as six months. If six months seems a little long for results, you can also use a hair-thickening spray in the meantime. The spray coats the existing hair and gives the appearance of a more voluminous mane.

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Preventing hair loss starts with a few simple steps. Start by making sure your diet contains all the vitamins and minerals that you need. Supplements are a good addition to that diet too.

Don’t skip the scalp massage

Scalp massages are more important than you think. It approves circulation to the scalp and stimulates hair growth. Easiest way to incorporate a scalp massage is when you are in the shower. Move your fingertips in a slow, circular movement around the whole head. Not only will you reduce your own stress but also prevent hair loss and promote healthy hair growth.

Consider essential oils

Oils such as carrot seed, cypress, lavender, and rosemary – just to name a few – all have regenerative, soothing, and balancing properties that can improve the condition of the scalp and aid healthy hair growth. Essential oils are increasingly popular as a healthy option. These are easy to find online or in health stores. Add a few drops to your scalp during your scalp massage and benefit from everything that the oils have to offer.