Whether it’s a gradual thinning or the loss of large clumps of hair, dealing with hair loss can be emotionally distressing.
Looking for and trying out solutions to help it grow and stop hair fall can take up a lot of time and money. Thankfully, there are now a host of treatments and ideas that you can do yourself without having to visit an expensive salon.
Trichologist Sally-Ann Tarver comments: “It’s important to note that any method or combination of methods that you use, generally takes around six months of dedication before you see any visible cosmetic improvement.”
Here Sally-Ann reveals her top tricks to help boost hair growth at home:
1. Load up on lotions
The hair loss market is awash with lotions specifically to help with the problem. Sally-Ann comments: “Some are more effective than others and some are very user friendly, needing only to be applied once daily or every other day with others less so.
“Regaine is the most well-known pharmaceutical treatment for hair loss on the market, but it must be used twice a day to see any benefits.
“It’s indicated for Female Pattern Baldness rather than for enhancing the speed of growth. It will have an effect on general hair shedding due to other causes and has a very small risk of side effects.”
2. Inversion therapy
Also known as hanging your head upside down.
Sally-Ann points out this is an age old method for improving hair; simply hang your head upside down for 5-10 minutes a day to increase blood flow to the scalp and stimulate hair growth.
Be warned though, it does take dedication and effort to see any results.
3. Massage your scalp
Another ‘free’ method of stimulating blood flow to the hair follicles is massage.
Sally-Ann advises: “Scalp massage should be carried out by moving the skin across the scalp or lifting the scalp with your hands. Don’t slide the fingers across the scalp unless you’ve applied an oil or scalp conditioner or else friction may cause you to lose hair rather than gain it.”
Again, this will take time and dedication and is more effective when used in conjunction with other methods, adds Sally-Ann.
4. Laser phototherapy
Laser Phototherapy stimulates microcirculation, oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicle. It can help stimulate dormant hair follicles which may not have re-entered the growth phase as well as improving the health and quality of existing hairs.
Sally-Ann comments: “It has been proven to have a stimulatory, therapeutic effect on human hair due to increased blood flow, oxygenation and keratin production.
“Until recently this was only available to those that had a high disposable income until recently and could afford to visit a clinic to sit under a £40,000 machine. Home laser therapy machines are now affordable and can be as effective as the clinic machines.”
Wearable home laser therapy devices like the Theradome LH80 PRO Laser Helmet are easy to use, take little effort and are as effective as a clinical treatment (if not more so) as they can be used more frequently than a clinic visit.
5. Stock up on supplements
Supplements can help boost hair growth if they contain a balance of the right nutrients that you might be deficient in.
Sally-Ann advises that if you’re not deficient in a nutrient, say Biotin, then taking Biotin supplements will have little effect on your hair.
Some of the most common deficiencies which cause slow growing weak hair are iron, zinc, magnesium, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D.
However, it’s best to get a blood test to find out what you actually need and how much rather than just guessing and taking them anyway.
6. Pep up your protein intake
An unhealthy diet will lead to unhealthy hair, but the best food to eat to help your hair grow is protein.
Sally-Ann recommends eating 45g a day of complete protein; that includes meat, fish, seafood, eggs, milk, nuts and pulses.
For the vegetarians amongst you, Sally-Ann suggests cheating – with a protein shake, which will give you around 25g of protein.
As always, make sure that at least half of your food intake is made up of fruit and vegetables.
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