Your hair is the crown that you never take off. For me whenever I have a cute outfit and my hair on point, it usually boosts my confidence all the way to 100 all day long. It’s no lie that having a healthy head of hair greatly affects self-esteem. Hair shedding is totally normal but if you notice that you are shedding significantly more than you usually do, something might be wrong. Hair loss may be either genetic or you are losing hair due to a trigger. Research shows that at least 1 in 3 women will suffer from hair loss at one point in their life. So don’t worry if you are losing strands, your mane will recover. Here are ways in which you can naturally reduce hair loss.

How to Naturally Reduce Hair Loss

1.     Massage your head

 Any movement on your scalp is good. Just like other parts of your body massaging your scalp stimulates it. This increases the oxygen supply to the scalp, bringing more oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles. Healthy hair follicles equals healthy hair. If you have thin hair or delicate scalp you can just tap your scalp gently or stroke your hair. Use oils such as coconut, almond, sesame, olive or castor.

Tip: Lie on the edge of your bed and tilt your head down then massage. You’ll look crazy but the benefits are totally worth it.

2.     Use a wooden comb or brush

 A wooden comb or brush is the best when it comes to combing or brushing your hair to naturally reduce hair loss. Every time you comb it gives you like a mini head massage which helps increase the blood flow to the scalp. It also helps with dandruff by  normalizing the oil production thus eliminating dandruff. Plus did I mention it doesn’t break your hair? It’s important to also make sure you don’t use ones that don’t have chips.

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3.     Use natural shampoos

 Most store-bought shampoos contain chemicals which do more harm than good. You may think shampoo only stays in your hair while washing it and it all goes away when you rinse out. That’s not the case. That’s why it’s super important to know what’s in your shampoo. If you wash your hair on a daily or frequently consider using natural hair rinses which act as both a shampoo and conditioner.

How To Naturally Reduce Hair Loss

4.     Eat foods rich in vitamin C and magnesium.

 Vitamin C is an amazing antioxidant which protects your hair from free radicals and can naturally reduce hair loss. These free radicals are responsible for hair loss and greying. It boosts blood circulation and strengthens scalp tissue. The best foods for vitamin C are pineapples, mangoes, cabbage, grape, plum, potatoes, berries and lemons. Magnesium is one of the most vital minerals for our bodies but is easily depleted by antibiotics or taking too much alcohol. Lack of magnesium leads to major hair loss plus may cause facial hair in women. Want a mustache? Now you know. Good sources of magnesium are sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, spinach, cashews, flax seeds, black beans, papaya, kidney beans and my favorite avocado. Alternatively you can take regular Epsom salt baths.

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5.     Less stress more happiness

 It is quite easy to get stressed in today’s time. Stress is a major contribution when it comes hair loss especially in women. When you get super stressed over something, your body reacts just as strongly as if you are facing a true life-or-death situation. If you overthink your problems your stress response keeps firing day after day eventually affecting your health. Your hair stops growing and starts falling out. Plan your time well. If you feel you need to vent take some minutes off your day and do it. Spend time with your family, try yoga, work out, go for long walks, basically just do what feels good to you.

6.     Love your hair.

There’s no better way to naturally reduce hair loss than to just love your hair. Every cell in our body has its own intelligence and memory and what you repeat over and over gets stored in its memory. So when you create negative thoughts of hatred and dislike towards your hair it reflects exactly that and in turn ends up looking dull. Opt for positive affirmations such as “as long as I take care of my hair it will grow healthier and thicker” instead of ” I hate how thin or dry my hair is”. With time you’ll see your hair getting thicker and healthier.