Thinning hair can be a very unpleasant but real struggle for many people. If you’ve ever experienced increasing amounts of hair falling out in your hairbrush or your ponytail feeling skinnier than it once was, surely you know the stress this can bring on all too well. And what does that stress lead to? You guessed it, more hair thinning. We see clients here at Exsalonce all the time with these issues, and what many people don’t realize is that hair loss does not have to be a part of aging. There are so many things that can be done to not only prevent hair loss, but to actually reverse damage that has already been done. With the help of Dr. Anthony Youn, we have 5 simple and effective tips to help you treat your thinning hair naturally and get back to the thick hair you love! Try them out, mix and match, and be sure to share your results with all of us at Exsalonce!
With the hussle and bussle of 2020, we all experience stress from time to time. It is important to remember to take a step back, relax, and not let short term stress lead to long term negative effects such as hair loss. Whether it be reading, yoga, cooking, or what have you, find your stress reliever and endulge. A recent study done by the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota shows that there are three types of hair loss which can be directly related to high stress levels.
- Telogen effluvium – In telogen effluvium, high stress levels push hair follicles into a resting phase. In a matter of just 2-3 months, affected hairs may suddenly fall out from something as gentle as combing or washing your hair.
- Trichotillomania. This is the overwhelming tendency to pull out hair from your scalp, eyebrows or other areas of your body, and may likely be a subconscious habit. Hair pulling is a common way of dealing with negative or uncomfortable feelings such as stress.
- Alopecia areata. Although there are a number of factors thought to cause alopecia areata, severe stress is believed to be one of the primary causes. With alopecia areata, the body’s immune system attacks hair follicles, leading to hair loss.
2. Nutritional Supplements
Hair loss can oftentimes be induced by nutritional deficiencies, especially in women over the age of 30. As someone who is highly involved in health and nutrition, Tony Odisho, owner of Exsalonce, is a firm believer in this method to tackling hair loss. “Not incorporating enough iron and vitamin D into your diet could very well be the answer to your increasing hair loss. If you are not able to achieve this through your diet, there are always nutritional supplements to help boost your levels as well,” says Odisho. Dr. Anthony Youn recommends Nutrafol, which is filled with vitamins, minerals and biotin to thicken your hair in just 2-3 months of use. Nutrafol is also shown to help reduce stress and fatigue, which as we just learned, helps reduce hair loss!
3. Topical Rosemary Oil
Topical rosemary oil is a great holistic method for treating hair loss. Studies have shown that topical rosemary oil has the same benefits to the hair and scalp as minoxidil, the active ingredient in Rogaine. The most significant difference found was actually that the rosemary oil caused less itching and irritation to the skin than minoxidil. Topical rosemary oil can also be used with Nutrafol for better results.
4. Low Light Laser Treatments
If you’ve tried these first three tips and are still not seeing the fullness you want back in your hair, low light laser therapy can be a successful fix as well. This treatment uses a low light cold laser to minimize any pain or discomfort and develops a growth pattern in your hair. This is a pricier method to fixing hair loss than the others, so we recommend trying our other tips first and resorting to laser treatments only if you feel you are still not getting your intended results.
5. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet Rich Plasma is a regenerative therapy which uses your own tissue to stop hair loss. This process is recommended to be done twice a year and involves drawing blood and spinning it down to remove the platelets. Because these platelets are filled with growth factors, they are injected into areas of your scalp and hair line. In some cases, this method can even be used on jawlines and faces to increase hair growth in beards.
We can’t wait to see your results!