Newsflash! You could be making your hair thinner without realising it

If you’re currently fretting about thinning hair, you are not alone. It effects so many women , more than you might think.

Yes there are pills out there that promise increased hair growth (and some really do work!). There are doctors providing treatments, superfoods that are supposed to help you out too. But we need to get to the root of the problem, no pun intended. There could be things you’re doing that are making your hair thinner without even realising it. Stopping these things could really help you and your locks out. So let’s get down to the nitty gritty. What should you quit to give your hair a growth hit?

Quit skimping on protein

For the most part what you put into your body reflects what shows on the outside, so diet is seriously important. Your hair is made up of protein so needs protein to grow, so whether you’re getting it from plant based foods or meat, just make sure you’re getting it. Top up on vitamins A, D, E and zinc too.

Unblock your follicles

Use a really good clarifying shampoo at least every 2-3 weeks, once a week if you’re a real fan of using products. Your hair needs a healthy scalp to be able to grow properly and if your follicles get clogged up with product, your hair growth will be hindered. We love Bumble & Bumble’s Sunday Shampoo, £18.50.

Stop ignoring your iron intake

A lack of iron can really effect your hair’s growth, and it’s not the easiest thing to come by especially if you’re vegan or vegetarian, the most common source is red meat, but you can also find it in leafy greens like spinach, and lentils and beans. To be on the safe side it’s worth taking a supplement to really help you out, especially around that time of the month as we lose loooads of it then. Pick up a bottle of Floradix, £10.49 and take it twice a day with meals.

Tone down the styling

Hold off rocking a tight ponytail or chignon as high tension hairstyles like these put too much pressure on your hair. They can go so far as to cause traction alopecia and leave you with bald patches around the more delicate hair on your hairline. Overuse of heat stylers doesn’t have the same effect but it does make your hair generally weaker. Not good, so calm down with those too.

Quit stressing out

Stress is a really big factor when it comes to hair loss. When you’re body is put under emotional or physical stress all the nutrients you take in are targetted to help you in other areas, so your scalp seriously misses out, causing hair loss. Whether it’s yoga, walks in the park, or simply taking some ‘me time’ regularly, put yourself first, and minimise stress. Just breathe. An aromatherapy rollerball is always a great addition to your handbag. We love the This Works Deep Sleep Breathe In, £18.