6 Ways To Revive Thinning Hair and Edges
Most men and women have dealt or are dealing with hair loss whether in the form of breakage around the hairline, bald spots or thinning hair. While hair loss may be genetic or as a result of diet, there are ways to regrow the hair. The reasons for thinning hair differ between individuals. No matter the result, we want you to feel confident about yourself. Here’re the tips of what I found to be the popular reasons for hair loss and its best fixes:
(Disclaimer: Each of the methods and their results differs from person to person.)
Nutrition & Diet:
What you eat can play a significant role in hair thinning. High consumption of animal fats, rapid weight loss, and liquid protein diets can result in a lack of amino acids, biotin, iron, protein and zinc — all of which are essential for healthy hair. By eating nutrient-rich foods that are scientifically proven to help your hair (and avoiding those that only do harm), you can influence your hair’s thickness, its’ growth or shedding, how shiny it is, and even its’ likelihood of graying.
Eggs: Eggs are packed with a B vitamin called biotin, which helps hair grow and strengthens brittle fingernails. Other sources of biotin are almonds, avocados, and salmon.
Salmon: Omega-3’s are anti-inflammatory. It can help if you have inflammation that’s causing hair shedding (but avoid farmed salmon).
Oatmeal: Oats are rich in iron, fiber, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), which stimulate hair growth, making it thick and healthy.
Spinach: In some cases (particularly in women), a mineral deficiency is the cause of hair loss. “It’s important to make sure you don’t have a lack of something in your diet that could be leading to hair loss,” says dermatologist Dr. Carolyn Jacob. Spinach is iron rich, and it contains sebum, which acts as a natural conditioner for hair.
Greek yogurt: The thick, protein-rich yogurt that Greeks and other cultures have been eating since 500 B.C. is rich in vitamin B5, which helps with blood flow to your scalp and hair growth.
(There’s more to this list here.)
The hair follicle is incredibly sensitive to changes in the body. Any hormone therapy (including birth control) can contribute to hair thinning, as can steroids, specific chemotherapies, and medication for blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and acne.
As the only FDA-approved proven ingredient, this drug has years of research to back it up — about 50 percent of women using it see improvement. “Minoxidil can enhance the size of the follicle so that it produces a bigger strand of hair,” says Wilma Bergfeld, a Cleveland Clinic dermatologist. Try Keranique’s Follicle Boosting Serum.
Sometimes a supplement is all you need. “The combination of fish protein, vitamin C, zinc, biotin, and niacin in Viviscal supplements encourages the body to produce healthier, thicker strands,” says New York City dermatologist Joshua Zeichner. Check out Viviscal supplements at www.viviscal.com.
Stress & Trauma:
Stress can produce increased levels of testosterone, which converts to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and interrupts the hair’s growth cycle. Trauma like tight braids when installing a weave or various braid styles constrict blood supply through the capillaries, restricting oxygen and nutrient uptake and vitamins to the hair follicle.
Combat it with massages. Massaging your head in the shower improves blood flow to the scalp. This means a better environment for hair growth, but it also aids the penetration of any treatment shampoos you use. Reduce the usage of high heat on hair dryers and irons, especially if you have colored hair.
If you’re under constant pressure, master meditation — it’s easier said than done, but your hair will thank you.
Genetics & Health Reasons:
A common family predisposition of thinning hair involves natural, age-related hormonal changes that can trigger hair loss. Several underlying health issues can cause hair thinning, including a malfunctioning of the hormone-producing thyroid or the natural hormonal changes women experience after pregnancy and during menopause. DHT can be inherited from either your mother or your father.
If you’ve dealt with hair loss for a while, you’ve probably heard of Nioxin. Their best-selling hair products deal with both chemically-treated hair and natural hair. If you’re looking to try out their treatments but not sure which one you’ll need, Nioxin’s site has a consultation tool to help you assess your needs.
- Laser treatment
Laser treatments reduce the inflammation in follicles that inhibits them from regenerating. Lasering can be done professionally or in the comfort of your home. iRestore is an FDA-cleared medical device that uses clinical-strength laser technology to treat hair loss right in your home.
- Natural Oils
Castor Oil is rich in omega-9 fatty acids and essential vitamins. It is a known remedy for various disorders such as hair loss. Raw and unprocessed castor oil is suitable for growth purpose. Apply the oil (not too much because of its thick density) and work it through your hair from roots to tips. Let it sit in for 15-20 mins before rinsing with lukewarm water and shampoo or leave it overnight (try it here.)
Check out this awesome chart from Pinterest on more natural oils for hair growth!
Which method will you try? What have you used that works? Share it with us in the comments below!