When it comes to staying healthy, hair is often the last thing on your mind. But if you have been experiencing hair loss or are worried about thinning hair in the future, there are steps you can take to maintain a healthy head of hair. Take a look at these 5 handy tips:
1. Eat a well-balanced diet
A nutritionally balanced diet is the key to good health and will also keep your hair healthy and strong. Ensure you eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, pulses, beans and brown rice. Provided you get all the nutrients you need from your diet, there should be no need to take supplements. A diet rich in Biotin, a B vitamin found in eggs, can help promote hair growth and keep your scalp health, and iron, found in red meat and leafy green vegetables, is also important.
2. Massage your scalp
A few minutes of gentle scalp massage daily can help stimulate your circulation, which is important for healthy hair. It can also help you to prevent the annoyance that is dandruff. Ensure you don’t rub too hard or you could damage your hair and scalp.
3. Get your 8 hours
When you are relaxed, levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) decrease, leading to feelings of well-being. It’s a well-known fact that stressful events and negative emotions can cause Telogen Effluvium, a common hair loss condition, but stress can lead to other hair problems too such as an itchy, flaky scalp. Make sure you get around 8 hours sleep a night and take time out each day to relax.
4. Avoid harsh hair products
For the gentlest way to care for your hair, avoid harsh, chemical-based shampoos and anti-dandruff formulas and try to choose products with natural ingredients. Tea Tree shampoo is a great, natural dandruff treatment, whilst Rosemary shampoo adds shine to dark hair. Some people may even find commercial shampoos can irritate the scalp, which could lead to hair loss.
5. Steer clear of weaves and extensions
You only need to look at pictures of celebrities such as Naomi Campbell and Khloe Kardashian to see that wearing hair extensions can cause patchy hair loss. Hair extensions place tension on the hair which can lead to a condition known as Traction Alopecia. Left untreated, this hair loss can become permanent! The good news is that by kicking your extension habit and seeing a hair loss expert for treatment, your hair should grow back.
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our online diagnostic form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our hair loss success stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 0800 077 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.