Updated: Jul 22, 2019
The natural cycle of our hair is to grow, fall and grow again... BUT what happens when it is falling fast but not growing much? Here we talk about hair fall and things we can do to keep those locks.
Hair fall can happen for many different reasons and is actually the hairs normal cycle. Most of us lose hair on a daily basis and everyone is different, so it is good to know your normal and when things change ask questions and enquire, in other words listen to your body. Hormones, stress, medications, heredity, diet, illness and repeated chemical damage can all affect how your hair days are going to go.
SO HOW CAN WE FIX or AVOID EXCESSIVE HAIR FALL?
Firstly we recommend you get yourself off to a health professional to get yourself a check up and see if you can find the cause of the excess hair fall. The quicker you jump onto that the better it will be. For something like this it is important to make sure you treat the issue from the inside as well as the outside. Visiting both a GP and Naturopath (make sure each of them know to get the best) will make sure all angles are looked at and give you that wholistic - meaning looking at everything - approach.
Once you have covered that base you can start to care for your hair from the outside.
Here are our tips for healthy & strong hair growth from the root to tip.
1. Check the ingredients of your hair products.
Shampoo - get yourself a gentle shampoo without the nasties. Avoid SLS and any parabens.
Conditioner - avoid silicones, they are bad for your hair and for the waterways. A clue that an ingredient may be silicone is usually 'icone' or 'one' on the end of the ingredient name.
Avoid hair spray, mousse or any other styling product that has unknown ingredients in them. Give your hair a detox and let it breathe for a while. This might mean you explore new ways of wearing your hair and could end up with a new discovery.
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2. Treat your hair
Hair Silk - Hair Silk is a rich combination of nourishing oils that will assist in repairing damaged hair. It contains vitamins and antioxidants which feed the scalp and encourage new healthy growth. Rosemary essential oil is stimulating and promotes blood circulation which in turn feeds & encourages strong growth. Use weekly as an intense treatment and massage into the scalp. See full product details here
Amla Shadow - Amla shadow is a great treatment for the strands and for the scalp. It is high in vitamin C & antioxidants which helps to maintain a scalp health and has an astringent action that helps to tighten and tone the hair follicles. Use once or twice a month as an intense treatment. See full product details here
3.Other things to care for your strands
Washing your hair - many of us wash our hair more than we need to. Once or twice a week is best. Any more than this and you are causing stress for your scalp. Each time you wash your hair you remove the natural oils, these oils are there to protect the hair and scalp. I know greasy hair might not look that great...... but get creative and find ways to style your hair on those 'need a wash days'.
Brushing your hair - Don't brush your hair when it is wet. Wet hair is more likely to stretch, becoming easy to break. Do not brush your hair when it is wet. Actually if your hair is falling don't brush it at all if you can get away with it. For some this will be almost impossible but give it a go.
Hair colours - Avoid chemical hair colours and treatments full stop. If you want to colour your hair, use our certified organic range of colours. It is much better for your health and your hair!
Massage - massage is great for your body and for your scalp. It stimulates circulation and brings a fresh flow of new, nutritious blood to the roots of your hair.
Relaxation & Me Time - Relax more. Take time for yourself. I know it sounds easier than it actually is, with the million and one things that need to be done, finished, cleaned, made, cooked, paid, picked up etc etc... but with a bit of dedication to yourself you will be able to find that 10, 20, 30, 60 mins of relaxation time just for you. Now we know that things can not stop just so you can relax but conscious choice means you can. The dishes can wait for you, the vacuum wont go anywhere, the weeds will stay put until you are ready and relaxed. If you truly find it challenging to take the time, start with 10 mins a day. Go and lie down for 10, read a book for 10, go for a walk around the block for 10. As this gets easier and becomes the normal you cans start to increase the time as you need.
Remember love starts with self. If you are not fully charged you will only be able to give a portion of all that goodness you have.
Meditation - Meditation is a great way to relax and good stress fighter. Meditation can be done in many ways and you don't necessarily have to sit cross legged on the floor for hours to practise it. For example walking is a good meditation. Go for a walk and try to synchronise your breathing with your steps. When you focus on your steps and your breathing this is a form of conscious, active meditation.
Nourishing food - most of you probably already think about what you eat. I am a strong believer in the 'you are what you eat'. Eat a good balanced diet and you will have the healthiest and happiest body you can possibly have. Go organic as much as possible to avoid all those sprays that they laden our fruit and veggies with. These chemicals can build up in your body and over time cause problems of their own. Yes it costs a bit more to eat wholesome, organic fresh produce..... but it also creates less waste because you think about the cost and make sure you eat it all :). Meal planning is what saves us. It takes about 30mins a week to plan what we will eat and makes the shopping easy and cheaper ( it means you only buy what you need or are going to use)
OKAY, so there it is... the many things we can do to look after our hair and avoid the fall. If you have any questions or comments please reach out.