Tips to maintain healthy hair growth
Did you know that we are born with all our hair follicles? The average person has about 80,000 to 150,000 hairs on their head and we naturally shed between 40 and 120 hairs per day.
Just as our bodies change with age, women may notice that they experience hair thinning or shedding as they age. The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that 30 million women in America—roughly one in four—have thinning hair due to hereditary conditions.
The causes of thinning or shedding hair loss can range from illness and medication to pregnancy or menopause. However making sure you eat a nutritionally-balanced diet and taking care of your hair may help to reduce the risk of some types of hair loss.
- Let your hair air-dry a couple of days a week to reduce the use of blow-dryers, curling irons and hair-straighteners, which may cause heat damage.
- Don’t brush your hair when wet or rub it briskly with a towel, as it may stretch and break more easily.
- Consider assessing your use of hair-colouring products such as bleaches, dyes and relaxers to make sure you’re using gentle products that limit the damage to your hair.
- Brushing your hair 100 strokes each day is an old-wives tale and can lead to split ends. Try to brush carefully and keep it to a minimum.
- Enjoy a break between using hair extensions or tight braids, which can pull on the hair and cause tension that may lead to breakage.
- Use hairpins with a smooth surface and clips with rubber padding.
Your hair may also become thin if you skimp on good nutrition, particularly iron and protein such as red meat, dairy products and cereals.
Remember, if your hair is thinning or shedding, see a dermatologist who specialises in hair loss before pursuing any treatment option.