The sight of your shower drain clogged with hair can be such a drag.
Experts say we naturally shed hair on a regular basis to make way for new strands. But think of it as a red flag when you notice that your scalp thinning without any signs of replacement. You might want to consider the worst-case scenario: hair loss.
Hair loss may be due to various factors but is most likely caused by your genes. For men, what we call male-pattern baldness is a common condition and begins at the onset of puberty. Receding hairlines and bald spots start to show up by this time, not to mention those alarmingly thin, soft, and short strands.
But if your family has no history of men going bald, it can be a result of other factors. These include hormonal changes, scalp infection, skin disorders, and stress-induced diseases. And yes, the uncontrollable hair-pulling disorder called trichotillomania is part of it.
People under medication are also susceptible to balding. Those with depression, heart problems, arthritis, and cancer, who take prescribed drugs, may affect their hair growth.
If you're panicking after reading the entry above, and want to fight the evil that is hair loss, you might want to seek treatment, or heck, prevent disaster from happening.
Not a fan of surgeries or pills? Then grow healthier, fuller hair naturally!
1) Get a haircut
We know, it sounds ironic, but one way to make sure that your mane is in tip-top shape is via regular trim. Having thick, long hair doesn't equate to healthy hair, and cutting your hair will allow it to 'replenish.' Too scared to have it shortened? Visit manong barbero or the salon at least every three to four months, instead. Occasionally rimming gets rid of split ends and prevents hair breakage. These conditions lead to less hair throughout the length, sacrificing volume.
2) Avoid extreme heat
Direct heat from blow dryers and flat irons weaken the hair. If possible, opt for the former with a diffuser attachment. Or better yet, just let your hair dry naturally.
3) Eat healthy
Your poor diet—nutrient deprivation—can trigger hair loss. Aside from fruits and vegetables, don't forget to stack up on protein, which is essential for hair growth, and Omega 3-fatty acids for a healthier scalp. Iron, Vitamins A, and Vitamin C intake aids the crown in producing oil.
4) Drink more water
Water flushes out waste from the body, creating a healthy internal environment for hair to flourish. Again, a balanced diet is key.
5) Go natural
Dr. Jim Tan, author of the The Best 100 Philippine Medicinal Plants, says it's practical to turn to nature.
"Herbal medicines are often used as first-line treatment for many condition because of accessibility, availability, and affordability, as compared to modern pharmacologic products," he explains.
In his book, he cites the rosemary as a solution to balding. For centuries now, the herb is used for its circulatory properties. Thicker hair can be achieved when it is applied with olive oil.
Another way soaking the rosemary in alcohol, says Dr. Godofredo U. Stuart. Applied twice daily as a form of hair lotion, it helps stimulate hair bulbs and resolve flaky scalps.
Peppermint and gingko biloba are also herbal medicines listed by the Department of Health (DOH) among their recommended herbal plants. Just like the rosemary, these improve hair growth by counteracting deficiencies in the hair follicles.