The reality is there’s a lot you can do to improve hair growth — from making some simple lifestyle changes to consuming certain nutrients in addition to adhering to your prescription medicine regimen.
For some extra help in slowing down hair loss, you can try:
Products containing saw palmetto, zinc and biotin like our Pilot Shampoo & Conditioner
According to studies, both saw palmetto and pyrithione zinc can promote healthy hair growth. Biotin (otherwise known as vitamin B7) can stimulate keratin production in hair and lay the groundwork for thicker, healthier, and happier follicles.
Eating a balanced diet 🥦
Iron and zinc deficiencies are known to contribute to hair loss, so keep this in mind when it comes to your food choices. Foods that are high in zinc include oysters, crab, chicken breast, pork chops, baked beans, cashews, chickpeas, oatmeal, and kidney beans. Foods that are high in iron include red meat, shellfish and spinach.
Avoiding shampoos with harsh chemicals that are bad for hair
In the process of removing dirt, many shampoos contain harsh chemicals like sulphates which strip away sebum, an important oil necessary for strong and healthy hair.
🧢 Wearing a hat when spending extended periods in the sun
Too much exposure to UV radiation caused by the sun can cause your hair to lose proteins and thus, weaken your hair over time.
🧠 Managing your stress levels
Stress-related hair loss is called ‘telogen effluvium’. This type of hair loss is caused by persistent stress or a traumatic event, as well as crash dieting, overworking etc. It usually occurs 3 to 4 months following the stressful incident, but the good news is that it’s usually temporary. While stress isn't always avoidable in life, trying to minimise stress means minimising your chance of experiencing telogen effluvium. There are ways to manage how it affects you through practices like exercise, meditation and mindfulness.
💨 Trying to reduce the amount you smoke, or ditch it altogether
Smoking tobacco cigarettes is linked with an increased risk of hair loss as smoking may damage your hair follicles. Read more here.
Avoiding physical or chemical damage to your hair
Tight ponytails or braids, excessive dyeing or bleaching can damage hair follicles and contribute to hair loss. Where possible, show your hair love with high-quality, nourishing products.