Shedding is an inevitable and natural part of the hair growth cycle, and the average person loses 50 hairs a day.

On occasion, we all notice an increase (or decrease) in shed hairs, but when the loss begins to unnerve you and cause anxiety, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your general practitioner or dermatologist so you can look into possible underlying health concerns.

Once you’re given a clean bill of health, you can incorporate some of the following tips to help you save your last nerve.

  • Wear protective styles, such as loose buns and twists, to reduce manipulation and retain your sanity. In general, the less you wash and style your hair, the larger your hair balls will be on wash day, so don’t freak out!
  • Detangle and style with your fingers rather than a comb or brush. You don’t need any undue stress on your strands.
  • Focus on moisture and health, and avoid harsh products such as gels and mousses.
  • Use castor oil. It’s anecdotally known to promote hair growth and thicken up the hair line.
  • Massage your scalp once a day for one minute to stimulate growth. For an added bonus, lace those fingertips with castor oil!
  • Take your vitamins and supplements. (Discuss with your doctor first, of course.) Some folks swear by garlic supplements to curb excess shedding. I personally use MSM and Biotin for hair health and added volume.

I hope you find these tips helpful!

Nik

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