When it comes to how to treat hair loss, there are a number of tips and tricks one can follow. At-home remedies work for some, while more intensive care is needed for others. It all depends on the reason for your hair loss.
That being said, there are a few things anyone currently losing their locks or scared of it happening can do to treat their strands falling out. We reached out to a dermatologist and a stylist to discover the ways they recommend their clients start treating hair loss. You may be surprised by some of their advice!
How a Dermatologist Recommends You Treat Hair Loss
Dr. Lamees Hamdan, CEO and Founder of DL.MD, was kind enough to reveal she recommends her clients treat hair loss. She first discussed the signs of hair loss and a common misconception most people have about the matter.
“By the time you usually notice hair loss, it has insidiously been going on for months before that,” Dr. Lamees shares. “Everyone thinks it is a sudden occurrence and it should just as quickly be rectified, but it takes months to rectify fully. Be patient!”
Dr. Lamees notes that “if you notice a hair loss of more than 100 hairs per day, it’s falling out in clumps, or you can see a noticeable bald patch or any rashes” that is when it’s time to see a dermatologist or trichologist.
The reason for treating hair loss will differ from person to person, but Dr. Lamees points out it’ll be a few months before you see a difference. Still, there are a number of at-home treatments she recommends. Spoiler alert, it’s all about the vitamins.
“Hair cells are one of the fastest dividing cells of the body,” Dr. Lamees says. “However, they are non-essential for living. What usually happens is that hair cells are the last cells to get nutrition. For healthy hair, you really want to make sure your intake of vitamins and minerals is on the higher side of normal. There is no one vitamin that is more important than the other in hair, so you need many different vitamins, as they all play a role in producing (and keeping) hair cells and follicles healthy. The most important vitamins that we know play an important part in hair growth are vitamins A, D, B complex (not just biotin), vitamin E, iron, and zinc. I also like horsetail extract, which is very silica-rich.”
Even if you take the proper vitamins and minerals, Dr. Lamees stresses it’s more about absorption. Lucky for us, she has a product recommendation for that.
“Taking in the right minerals is one thing, but your body actually absorbing those minerals is an entirely different matter,” she shares. “The main reason why a lot of people don’t see results from taking supplement pills and gummies is that the body absorbs only three to 20 percent of them. However, with DL.MD 13.5.1 Multivitamin, the absorption rate is closer to 98 percent. You know that what you are taking is actually getting absorbed and utilized by your body. Many of my clients have seen a noticeable reduction in hair loss in four weeks of use.”
How a Stylist Recommends You Treat Hair Loss
Redken brand ambassador and colorist Ryan Pearl assures some hair loss is normal, though stress is a common culprit.
“I think the biggest reason for hair loss is from stress,” he says. “You will start to see thinning hair and an excess amount of hair loss every day. It’s okay to lose some hair from showering and brushing.”
As a stylist, Ryan has a few ways he recommends treating hair loss.
“Not pulling your hair in a ponytail when it’s wet, switching to a silk pillowcase, and lessening the number of styling products used” will help prevent hair loss. For cuts and colors, shorter and darker tend to hide hair loss a bit better than most.
“Growing your hair too long will weigh down the hair and make it look a lot thinner,” Ryan shares. “Darker hair will help the hair look fuller. Even if you’re blonde, consider adding in a root shadow.”
He even has a few go-to products he recommends for this sort of thing.
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