When it comes down to the truth, we put our hair through a lot. From heat styling to constant coloring, we can be kickstarting premature hair thinning before we know it. The last thing anyone wants is for their hair to start thinning and falling out and losing all of its strength and volume. As we get older, it’s essential to do our best to prevent any of this from happening. It all begins internally with supplements and dieting and then moves to the physical stuff like cutting down on heat styling. We’ve broken down six vital steps that you should take to prevent your hair from thinning or help restore it if you’ve already noticed the signs.
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Caring for your hair from the inside out is just as important as what products you’re using. Hair supplements are a vital part of any haircare routine as you get older, and can improve the strength and fullness of your mane on a deeper level. Although many people have been skeptical of hair supplements in the past, it’s been proven that vitamins and nutrients such as Biotin and omega-3 fatty acids do in fact improve the elasticity of your hair and promote growth.
Ditch the hair ties
This may sound obvious, but putting a strain on your hair by always pulling it back will inevitably cause some form of thinning. Hairstyles that are too tight will just pull your hair at the root and eventually cause breakage. It’s also important to keep an eye out for which hair elastics you’re using on your tresses. Anything with a metal fastenings are known for tugging and causing unnecessary breakage. Instead, if you insist on picking up your hair often go for elastics that are labeled as ‘snag-free’, ‘ouchless’, etc.
Cut down on heat styling
If you’re already starting to notice signs of thinning, then you’ll want to put down the heat styling tools. Not giving your hair a break from heat can only speed up the thinning process and will leave your strands fine and flat in the long run. Instead, consider learning the best way to air dry your own hair type and letting your hair breathe for a change. You’ll thank yourself later!
Deep condition once a week
Give your hair some extra TLC, and dedicate 30 minutes of your time a week to a deep conditioning treatment. You can easily find great deep conditioners at the drug store or beauty supply shop that will cater to both your budget and hair type. Divide your hair into four sections, apply a generous amount and let it penetrate your hair for about a half hour. You’ll notice your hair will gain its full body back over time.
Eat more protein
While we’re not here to play nutritionist, we can confidently say that packing on the protein will only help your hair. Protein is already an integral part of our hair’s structure and being deficient when it comes to our diet can likely cause hair to thin and fall out. Depending on your dietary preferences, find ways to add higher sources of protein to your daily intake and you might surprise yourself with the results.
Swap your pillowcase
The silk pillowcase trend has grown exponentially over the years, and for good reason. One of the main benefits of sleeping on silk pillowcases is that they promote healthy hair structure and growth. If you’re wondering how, it’s simple. Silk doesn’t tug at the hair the way other fabrics do, so you don’t need to feel the guilt of putting your hair through any damage as you sleep. You’ll notice a significant amount of less shedding and breakage after you make the switch.