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Hair Loss: Is It Reversible?

No matter what your gender or age, one could assume you would strive for hair that could be described as thick and shiny, rather than thin and stringy. If you notice that you are experiencing less hair on your head and more in the shower drain, don’t worry. On many occasions, hair loss is reversible.

Common Culprits of Reversible Hair Loss

Every day efforts to help your hair look great may be the cause of your thinning hair.

Using Less Shampoo

Getting great looking hair all starts with quality hair care products, including those that don’t contain sulfates. When it comes to shampoo, more than 90 percent contain sulfate such as sodium laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl sulfate. These sulfates work to create the rich lather you’d expect from shampoo, but they also dehydrate your scalp by stripping it of its natural moisturizing oils and clogging hair follicles.

Excessively shampooing

It is common for people to shampoo their hair daily, however this is not its intended use. Shampooing every other day or even every two to three days is a much better option, and will yield thicker hair and a healthier scalp. In between shampoos, simply rinse and gently massage the hair with water to help remove the styling product buildup.

Poor Handling of Wet Hair

When hair is wet, many people attempt to dry or manipulate it by rubbing it with a towel, flipping longer hair upside down to dry, or brushing or combing. These practices can actually damage your hair. Instead, try gently blotting wet hair with a towel to absorb the moisture, and follow that up by applying a leave-in conditioner to avoid tangles. In a situation where you must dry hair with a hair dryer, be sure to use the lowest setting possible and stop before the hair is completely dry.

Bad Eating Habits

Since hair is mostly made up of protein, a diet rich in protein is a must for healthy hair. If a diet lacks protein, the hair follicles can enter a resting phase and cause a thinner looking head of hair.

Not All Hair Loss is Reversable

Any number of causes, including hereditary, female pattern baldness, thyroid problems, certain medications, and illnesses like lupus, alopecia areata and sarcoidosis can cause thinning hair. Hair loss that is caused by genetic or medical issues can be hard or even impossible to reverse. To help with those, you could utilize non-surgical hair replacement systems, wigs or extensions to get the full head of hair you want.

If hair loss is an issue you have and you would like help figuring out what to do, contact us for free consultation. Book your free consultation today!