The psychological impact of hair loss can be devastating when it occurs. This is because culturally, society associates healthy-looking, luxurious hair with beauty, youth, sensuality, good health, and vitality. And for so many people, their hair is their crowning glory and a source of self-expression. When people start experiencing hair loss, they believe that they are no longer attractive and/or getting old. All humans with hair shed between 50 – 100 strands daily.  However, if you are losing a lot more than that persistently, it may be due to various factors which include stress, poor hair care practices, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal changes, scalp conditions such as psoriasis, pregnancy, childbirth, and sometimes hereditary factors. Hair loss, especially in women, can affect the overall quality of life. In this post, you’ll find some ways of dealing with and managing the emotional and psychological effects of hair loss.

  1. Have a positive attitude. Focus on other ways to feel more positive about your appearance because you possess other attributes that make you a great person. You are appreciated for those great attributes you possess and not for the hair on your head. Focusing on those great attributes you possess will help you come to terms with hair loss faster and with a more positive attitude.

  2. Choose a positive perspective. Suffering hair loss can be unpleasant but it is not life-threatening. As long as you can find the cause of the problem, you are on your way to recovery and there are a number of treatment options available. See your regular doctor to rule out serious issues with your health that may be causing hair loss, especially if your hair care practice has been top-notch.

  3. Find hairstyles that suit you. It should also be able to cover up the thinning spots or bald patches. Do not wear hairstyles that would make the problem more obvious or exacerbate the condition. Wigs, headscarves, and hats can be used to complement your style whilst also hiding the problem areas. Remember to go easy on your edges and ensure your wigs are not too tight. Wearing silk bands before your wig can make a world of difference. Don't forget your satin hair bonnet!

    African Naturalistas Hair Bonnet

  4. Be patient with yourself. It is true that hair loss can be temporary but regrowth may take months or even years.  When you start treatment for any sort of hair loss, it may take between 6 months and a year to notice any significant improvement. Worrying about the treatment and its efficacy would only put you under more stress. Be patient and remember that good things take time 😉

  5. Check your hair products and practices. Harsh shampoos do more harm than good. They completely strip the hair of its natural oils and leaves your hair feeling dry and brittle, which can lead to hair breakage and loss. The African Naturalistas Moisturizing Shampoo is formulated to gently clean your natural hair without stripping it of its natural oils. It also leaves your natural hair feeling soft and great. It is also recommended that you do scalp massages using hot oils. Not only are they soothing, but they also improve blood circulation in the scalp and stimulate hair follicles for growth. Check out African Naturalistas' range of 100% pure essential oils

    African Naturalistas Essential Oils

  6. Improve your nutrition. Consume a diet that is high in proteins, vegetables,  herbs, and Omega. 3 fatty acids. Avoid extreme diet plans as nutrient deficiencies can lead to natural hair loss. Vitamins A, B, C, D, selenium, and iron are important for hair growth and retention, therefore ensure to get the required daily amount of these vitamins from your diet.

  7. Get enough exercise and rest. Stress is a major cause of hair loss, so endeavor to cut back on stress-inducing activities. Adequate and proper sleep and rest help the body to recover from stress and this applies to your hair as well. Remember not to overdo your exercises too.

  8. Use proper hair care practices. Adopt a regimen that includes washing your hair regularly to keep your natural hair and scalp clean. Build up of dirt on natural hair can lead to hair loss due to irritation and inflammation of the hair follicles. The African Naturalistas Deep Conditioning Mayonnaise is perfect for replenishing lost moisture in your natural hair. It is super important to also moisturize your natural hair after every wash and seal in moisture adequately using the LOC/LCO (LC/LO) method.

African Naturalistas Deep Conditioning Mayonnaise

When you notice unusual hair loss, try not to let it get you down. Examine your hair care practices, diet and lifestyle to highlight possible causes. If you’ve done all that and still don’t make any headway, you can book an appointment with Atilola of African Naturalistas who is a trichologist in Nigeria. A proper diagnosis of your natural hair issues will help you get to the root of the problem quickly. 

We hope these tips helped. If they did, please leave us a comment and don’t forget to share with others who might need it as well.

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