Is there anything more heartbreaking than someone saying, 'Oh, your hair used to be so nice. What happened?' If the answer to the above question is no, nothing is worse, then get on board on this thinning hair bandwagon. Thinning hair is one concern we all can actively work towards fixing but what about a receding hairline?
Most of us are lost when it comes to how to tackle a receding hairline but thankfully (for you and us both) we decided to deep-dive into the problem and ask an expert. Dr Viral Desai is a Mumbai-based plastic and cosmetic surgeon who has vast experience in all kinds of beauty treatments. Before we get into his advice, let's understand why hairlines tend to recede.
Some reasons why your hairline is receding are:
"The best thing you can do is avoid blow dryers and let your hair dry naturally," explains Dr Viral Desai. Overusing hot tools on your hair can cause serious damage and breakage. Plus the constant tugging and tension don't help your strands either. High temperatures also take a toll on hair health and weaken hair. If air-drying your hair leaves it looking frizzy, simply dab in some smoothening serum.
Dr Desai strongly advocates the use of essential oils to promote and boost hair growth. Oils like cedarwood, rosemary, and lavender have been tried and tested for years and these can help restore your scalp health. They have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory powers that stimulate the scalp and increases circulation, keeping flakiness and irritation at bay. Consequentially, you will end up scratching your mane less often, reducing breakage.
Always make sure you dilute essential oils in a carrier oil before applying them topically on your scalp. These oils are way too potent and will immediately cause irritation.
What you eat shows up on your hair and skin so make sure you are loading up on healthy foods. "Eat plenty of leafy greens, nuts, beans, fish, and lean meat. These are all important because they are rich in vitamins and minerals such as iron, zinc, and vitamin B12," explains Dr Desai.
This might seem easier said than done but stress does some real damage. Losing hair due to stress can take up to eight months to start regrowing so it is best you manage it while you can. Take a deep breathe, meditate, journal, or dance it out, whatever works for you.
When it comes to skin and hair care, the most important thing, along with making the aforementioned changes is to be patient. Results take time, sometimes even up to three months. Remember, the name of the game is patience!
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