On average you lose a minimum of 50-100 hair strands daily, that may sound like a lot but it's actually entirely normal and a really low amount but if you're someone that is convinced you're shedding more than that a day, today's blog is all about how to maintain shedding hair. Below you'll find information on a list of some of the hidden reasons you could be experiencing hair loss and what you can do to help it.
Your hair shedding will not only make an impact on the overall health of your hair but it can eventually have an impact on our mental health. It's not vain to be affected by your hair shedding and there is no shame in feeling these sorts of emotions towards hair loss. We firmly believe that hair is the window to the soul, a security blanket. It's something we can hide behind or use to amplify ourselves to feel confident. You are not alone!
Let's start at the very beginning with dealing your hair shedding...
Brush Your Hair Correctly
It should come as no surprise to know that not brushing your hair regularly or incorrectly can cause hair shedding. Brushing your hair can of course, help to detangle and smooth out your hair, but it's important to know that over-brushing your hair isn't good either because it will cause friction which ultimately causes your hair to break and shed. The type of brush you use will make the world of difference. Use a wide tooth comb as this sort of brush will be less harmful and using a brush that has plastic bristles.
When you're brushing your hair, start from the ends and move your way up as you tangle through any knots that have formed instead of starting from your roots. Changing your habit from starting at the root to starting at your ends will be much less harmful to your hair because you won't be tugging directly from the roots which is a delicate area. Before you're about to wash your hair, brush your hair first whilst it's still dry and then proceed with your haircare routine. If you prefer brushing your hair when it's wet, use a wide tooth comb or a wet brush because these types of brushes are much safer for detangling.
When you're hair is wet, avoid rubbing your hair using cotton towels. Instead opt for a microfibre towel to absorb water from your hair because it is much more gentle on your hair and will not cause friction that cotton towels will cause. If you don't have a microfibre towel, use an old t-shirt to gently squeeze the excess water out.
Try And Reduce Using Heated Tools To Style Your Hair
Look, we totally understand the need for heated tools because who doesn't want a cute wave or sexy, sleek straight hair? But it's good to let your hair have a break every so often or in between days. You would of heard it before, over-use with heated tools will cause your hair some serious damage but it will also cause more of your hair to shed. Using heated tools means your hair will become dry and cause damage to your hair cuticles and that's what leads your hair to shed. ALWAYS, always use a heat protectant to protect your hair when using heated tools as well as limiting yourself when using heated tools. If the option is there, lower the heat settings on your heated tools.
Tip trick: Use hair extensions if you are someone who wants to hold a curl or wave because hair extensions will hold a style longer than your natural hair. Try using clip in hair extensions to create your everyday hair style and give your natural hair a break from heated tools or you can trade in clip in's for a ponytail extension and save your hair entirely from heated tools and tie your hair back and elevate it this way with a ponytail. Possibilities are endless - just remember to not tie your hair back in a tight ponytail or super high every day because this will cause more harm than good. Ponytail's are a double edged sword because if your hair is pulled too tightly you are causing strain on your roots and will result in hair loss from the strain. Whenever removing an elastic, be gentle and take your time because being too rough and pulling at your hair will cause hair shedding.
More ponytail tips: Make sure you always free your hair of any knots or tangles by gently brushing it before putting it up or back into a ponytail. It is very important that you don't sleep with your hair tied UP because again this is pulling on your hair from the root which is super delicate. Sleeping with your hair tied up in a ponytail or bum, this will ultimately increase the amount of hair that sheds from your head. Instead, have your hair in a loose braid or slip with a silk scarf or silk pillowcase.
Sleep With A Silk Pillowcase
It's time to throw out your normal cotton pillowcase and swap it for a silk pillowcase. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase reduces frizz and friction when sleeping which is ideal for your hair because it isn't prone to knots and tangles. Instead your hair glides easily on the silk and can breathe. Silk pillowcases are also heaven sent for your skin - double win! Skin wise, sleeping with a silk pillowcase will prevent sleep marks, decrease puffiness as well as causing less irritation for skin issues like rosacea.
Shedding and hair loss aren't always necessarily the same thing but they do come hand-in-hand. We have written a few blogs on treating hair loss such as knowing what hair oils to use, the best way to get rid of split ends and how to create the perfect haircare routine for your hair type.
Hair shedding is really scary but as we mentioned earlier, it's important you know that it is entirely normal it's when you are noticing excessive amounts of hair shedding that you should pay closer attention and go to your doctor or do research on how to maintain your hair from shedding.