Certain chemical processes may cause hair to break or fall out temporarily. These chemical processes include coloring, straightening, or curling hair. The heat of the straightener can also cause teenage hair loss. Hairstyles that pull hair very tight can cause traction alopecia, which is damage to hair follicles. If you have scalp pain, don’t pull your hair and tie it tightly into a ponytail or other style that pulls your hair too.
A proper diet will provide you with the vitamins and minerals you need to keep your hair healthy. An imbalanced diet (sometimes occurs in vegetarians or those with eating disorders) often causes hair loss. To prevent this from happening, try to consume the following nutrients:
Iron and zinc: These minerals in red meat are low in fat, soybeans, and lentils, which help in the growth of hair follicles.
Protein: meat, fish, nuts, and yogurt can promote cell growth and hair restoration.
Omega-3 fatty acids: Fatty fish like salmon can increase hair strength and shine. Other benefits include reducing depression and improving heart health.
Biotin: This B vitamin is contained in eggs and is essential for the growth of healthy cells, including hair cells.
Complete your diet with vitamin supplements. Some vitamins, such as vitamin D, can help with hair growth, but they are difficult to obtain from food. Vitamin D supplements (about 1,000 IU daily) can help repair hair. Take a B vitamin supplement such as biotin, vitamin E, zinc, and magnesium once a day to ensure adequate intake of these essential vitamins and minerals. Although it may not prevent hair loss right away, this supplement will keep your hair and body healthy.
Hair loss may be related to prolonged stress or a very traumatic event such as an accident or surgery. In the case of telogen effluvium, 1/2 to 3/4 of the hairs on your head may fall out, and a lot of it will be left in bathroom drains, combs, or your hands. The effects of this condition are usually temporary and will heal within 6-9 months, although it can also become a chronic problem if the stress you are experiencing is not treated. Once the stress is controlled, the hair will usually grow back.
Try stress-relieving activities like yoga, meditation, or running. Take time to do things that you enjoy in day-to-day life, and work on bringing calm and peace into your life. If your stress is too great, talk to a therapist or counselor to help relieve and heal.