Hair loss can be embarrassing, confusing, and leave you feeling helpless, especially when it strikes earlier in life. With so many factors contributing to losing our precious locks, like stress, genetics, hormone changes, and health problems, it can feel like a guessing game when trying to identify the source. While we don’t have all the answers and highly recommend speaking with your doctor if you’re not sure of the cause, we do have some tips you can start doing right now to slow the process!

Eat more protein

Protein is essential to normal body functions, but it has a special role to play in hair. Our hair follicles are mostly made of a protein called keratin, so if you’re lacking a diet rich in protein, you could be depriving your body of the amino acids it needs to build the keratin for your hair. Adding more proteins like eggs, beans, nuts, fish, chicken, and turkey can greatly increase your protein intake and ensure your body has everything it needs to grow more hair.

Follow the Mediterranean diet

On the topic of diet, many people have found great success with the Mediterranean diet due to its emphasis on protein. If you’re trying to lose weight and have been trying restrictive diets, that could potentially be worsening your hair loss because you’re depriving your body of the building blocks it needs to make protein. The Mediterranean diet is a great option for those looking to drop a few pounds but still get the nutrients they need, thanks to its focus on whole fruits, vegetables, and protein.

Maintain good hair and scalp care

While having a new hair color every other month or going wild with the curling iron every day may make us feel like the belle of the ball, the damage it does to our scalp and follicles tells a different story. That bleach blonde you’ve been rocking could be contributing to breakage, and that tight ponytail you sport every day is brutal on your scalp. Any inflammation on your scalp will affect the hair growth cycle, so try pampering it with regular deep cleanses, looser hairstyles, and avoiding harsh treatments or heating tools.

Use silk scrunchies and pillowcases

In a perfect world, we’d all love to let our hair flow wild and free, unchained by the dreaded hair tie. But unfortunately, we have work to do, and it’s HOT out there! If a ponytail or bun is unavoidable, opt for a silk hair tie or scrunchie instead. Because of how soft silk is, you’ll never get the dreaded dent at the end of the day. And thanks to its less absorbent nature, silk won’t sap the moisture from your tressing, leaving your locks just as soft and bouncy as before you wrangled them into an up-do. Sleeping on silk has the same benefits, too—no roughing up your hair shaft or getting nasty tangles when you toss and turn throughout the night.

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