Are large amounts of hair left in your brush after styling? Are clumps of hair left in your drain after washing your hair? If you answered yes to either of these questions you may be experiencing hair shedding. To many people's surprise, hair shedding is actually a normal part of the hair cycle and is a continuous process. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, its normal to shed anywhere between 50 and 100 hairs a day. However, when a person sheds an increasingly large amount of hair every day, this can be classified as "excessive hair shedding". While all types of hair shed, there are some types of hair that are naturally prone to shedding more hair per day based on the composition of that particular hair type. For example, those with higher porosity hair types may tend to lose more hair than those with medium or low porosity simply because their hair is dry, damaged, or brittle. In this article we are going to uncover some ways you can reduce excessive shedding of your hair.
Detangling is the process of removing tangles and knots from your hair. This can be done using wide tooth combs, brushes, or simply using your fingers, also known as finger detangling. Regardless of the utensil you use, there are 2 types of detangling naturals use to remove knots from their hair...wet detangling and dry detangling. Wet detangling is the method that most naturals typically use because it involves detangling the hair while it is damp or completely wet using water or a leave in conditioner. This method is popular among naturals because of the belief that there is less breakage in hair because the hair is wet while combing through tangles. Dry detangling is considered more of a taboo in the natural hair community. It is thought that detangling hair while dry would inevitably cause more hair loss because of lack of lubrication between hair strands while detangling the hair. But in all actuality, dry detangling just might be a better option for you if you are trying to reduce excessive hair shedding. This is because our hair is composed of amino acids that are involved in interactions that help build the strong keratin structure of our hair. The keratin in our hair is made up of hydrogen bonds, which account for a portion of your hairs strength. These hydrogen bonds are easily broken by water or heat but can reform when the hair is dry or cool. So basically, when you detangle your hair when it is wet, you are breaking the hydrogen bonds, causing your hair to weaken and break-which leads to unnecessary shedding. Scientifically speaking, dry detangling will spare you from excessive hair shedding. For your next wash day, try dry detangling by first lubricating your hands with a oil blend of your choice. Then finger detangle your hair in small sections. Alternatively, you can apply oil directly to your hair and then use a wide tooth comb or brush to remove and tangles.
Stronger hair equals less shedding. Simple right?! Strengthening your hair follicles can be achieved topically with hair treatments from certain ingredients or internally by the foods that you eat. Topically, there are some amazing ingredients that you can apply to your hair and scalp to strengthen your hair follicles.
- Rosemary oil has excellent cellular regenerative properties and can aid in promoting thicker, stronger hair. To use this oil, combine a few drops with a carrier oil of your choice and apply the blend directly to your roots, massaging it in. Do this twice a day for best results.
- Cedarwood oil is known to reduce hair loss and promote hair growth because it balances the oil production from our scalps oil glands. It is also has antifungal and antibacterial properties, like rosemary oil, that helps to reduce dandruff from the scalp. Add a few drops to a carrier oil of your choice and apply to your roots.
- Lavender oil contains linalyl acetate and has similar cellular regenerative properties as rosemary oil and can help promote hair growth. To reap the benefits of lavender oil, add a few drops to a carrier oil or any product you are currently using.
- Amla oil, an ayurvedic oil, is high in vitamin C and contains natural antioxidants such as flavonoids and polyphenols that aid in protecting the hair from hair environmental conditions. This oil is known to strengthen as well as condition the hair from root to tip.
- Brahmi oil, another ayurvedic oil, is a must-have for those dealing with excessive hair shedding. It helps promote hair growth while strengthening hair follicles and repairing split ends. It treats dandruff and conditions your hair.
- Biotin contains very high levels of vitamin B. When taken internally, it can aid in cell formation and hair growth.
- Vitamin A is needed for growth of cells throughout your entire body-your hair is no exception. Taking this vitamin internally will also increase hair growth.
- Eggs are an excellent source of biotin and can boost hair growth and strengthen your hair at the roots.
- Fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and tuna contains high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which are also good sources of vitamin D and can aid in hair thickening and growth. Other food sources of omega-3 fatty acids are walnuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds, and even algae.
How you style your hair is just as important as the previously listed ways to reduce excessive hair shedding. When attempting to prevent hair loss, it's important to incorporate low manipulation styles and protective styles to your styling regimen. Although often confused as the same thing, protective styles differ from low manipulation styles because protective styles focus on protecting the ends of your hair, which are the oldest areas of your hair. Protective styles include any style that keeps your ends tucked away efficiently. Low manipulation styling refers to any style that requires less touching to the hair overall. Styles that don't require you to touch your hair much include, braids, pineapples, buns, and up-dos. Whether you are doing a protective style or a low manipulation style, both can aid in your efforts of reducing excessive shedding.
Caring for your hair is nothing without caring for your entire body. Remember, whole body wellness is key. To ensure that your are reaping the benefits of your hair techniques in reducing excessive hair shedding, make sure you are also maintaining a healthy diet, remaining physically active, avoiding stressful habits, and getting adequate amounts of sleep. Have some other useful tips you'd like to share? Leave a comment below! Till next time beauty.