Yep that’s right, HAIR LOSS. I have bald spots in my 20’s, this is a hard dose of reality friends.
I seriously cannot believe I am in my 20’s and writing this…I may or may not have a mild obsession with my hair whether I’m dying it, growing it, or generally just trying to manage it. I have done everything from dying it bright red and chopping it, to putting egg yolk and mustard powder on my scalp (don’t do that). My hair journey is never-ending, so I guess hair loss was going to come around the bend eventually.
Nevertheless, everyone has their different reactions to stress, mine is extreme weight loss and hair loss. I noticed this happening a couple of years ago and have seen the pattern every time extreme stress is upon me now. I come from an amazing hair family, everyone has strong and thick hair so naturally when my hair started coming out in handfuls in the shower, I was highly concerned.
Apart from managing my stress (thanks yoga), here are a few things I’ve tried to battle hair loss:
It’s all in how you brush it
Never brush wet hair – always always brush hair when it’s dry, the hair strand is most delicate and vulnerable to breakage when it’s wet so ramming a brush through it will only damage it more
Wet hair, wet brush – if you have to brush hair when it’s wet, wet down your brush and it will reduce the friction between the brush and the hair strand, causing less breakage
Aloe Vera Gel
No, not like the blue stuff you buy for sun burns. Go to a natural foods store (Sprouts, Whole Foods, Natural Grocers, etc.) or order on Amazon “Aloe Vera Gel”. It is a little thinner than you would expect a “gel” to be but here’s how you use it:
- Coat your scalp in it
- Clip up your hair
- Leave on for a few hours
- Wash it out
Yes, it is that easy. Aloe Vera is a natural anti-fungal which is helpful because the hair follicle is a gross place. The scalp produces this stuff called sebum, which is the oil that your hair naturally produces. However due to a number of factors (including but not limited to: heredity, unhealthy eating habits, medication, and improper hair care), excessive sebum can cause “fatty” hair. When your hair is considered “fat”, the hair follicles get clogged, grow micro -fungus and one of the after affects of that is hair loss. Gross. Using Aloe Vera Gel that acts as an anti-fungal will help your scalp and hair follicles breathe so they can grow long and strong.
In addition to consuming enough water and cutting down on unhealthy foods (grease and sugar), the below vitamins are thought to be ESSENTIAL to hair growth. I take a vegan hair, skin, and nails supplement as well as a B12 supplement.
Vitamin B7 (Biotin)
Where to get it: egg yolks, almonds, peanuts, whole grains, mushrooms, bananas
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
Where to get it: peanuts, mushrooms, sunflower seeds, oatmeal, lentils, avocados
Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)
Where to get it: fish, eggs, dairy product, pork, beef
Where to get it: SUNSHINE!!
1. Brush your hair accordingly
2. Use Aloe Vera Gel
3. Eat for the proper vitamins
4. Bonus: Reduce your stress