Some women maintain really thick, voluminous heads of hair throughout their entire lives. However, it is not unusual for women to experience periods of hair thinning at one stage of life or another. Hair loss is common during menopause, during and after pregnancy, and when taking certain medications. Addressing the cause of hair loss with your doctor is important. However, there are also some hair styling and care strategies you can follow to help with hair loss prevention.
Use a gentle shampoo.
While you may want to use a clarifying shampoo about once a month to remove product build up, the rest of the time, you are best off with a really gentle, mild, moisturizing shampoo. Using a harsher shampoo tends to strip the hair of its natural oils, leaving it dry and brittle. Dry and brittle hair is more likely to fall out. Also, harsh shampoos tend to lead to a dry scalp, which enhances hair loss. Look for a shampoo labeled "light," or "nourishing," or consider even using a baby shampoo on your hair.
Avoid chemical treatments.
Chemical hair treatments like perms and bleaching are not only hard on the hair shaft, but also on the scalp. They can cause the hair to break and fall off, and they can also reduce hair growth by irritating the scalp. Rather than having your hair chemically treated, ask your stylist for some gentler styling tips. They may be able to recommend a gentle, leave-in product that gives you the curls you desire or a temporary color that gives you a stylish look without the harsh chemicals.
Choose loose styles.
Styles that require a lot of hair elastics, bobby pins, and other embellishments tend to be really hard on the scalp. They pull on the hair and make it more likely to fall out. Try to wear your hair loose and down whenever possible. If you need you hair back from your face, put it up with a fat scrunchy, rather than with a thin and tight elastic. Big clips are another good choice; they can secure your hair without pulling on it too much. If you often find that your hair is in your way, consider having it cut shorter so you're not as tempted to put it up all the time.
If you follow the hair care and styling tips above, you should not experience as much hair loss. Consult with a stylist for more advice.