It’s unfortunate that nearly half of women experience thinning hair by age 50, leaving us wondering how to stop hair loss. Luckily, there are proven natural remedies to help prevent thinning hair and stop age-related hair loss in women.
1. Massage your scalp to reduce stress.
Massaging your scalp for 10 minutes daily reduces production of cortisol, a stress hormone that damages hair follicles. Beginning at the hairline, work your way to the base of the skull, moving your fingers in a circular motion with medium pressure, then massage the sides of your head.
2. Take an MSM supplement to stimulate hair growth.
Taking 2,000 to 2,500 mg. of the natural sulfur compound MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) daily helps 70 percent of women grow thicker, healthier hair within three months, research shows. MSM is a key building block of keratin, the protein that makes hair strands strong. One hair-growth supplement we like: Life-Flo MSM 2000 Capsules, 2000 mg, 60-Count ($12, Amazon).
3. Toss damaging elastic hair bands.
Friction from tight elastic bands — used for ponytails, braids and buns — damages hair follicles and weakens hair strands, causing thinning. An alternative to try: Blax CLEAR Hair Elastics 4mm, 8 ct ($6, Amazon).
4. Take a multivitamin to promote hair growth.
A steady supply of zinc, B vitamins and iron is needed to keep follicles healthy and promote hair growth, so choose a multivitamin that contains all three. One to try: Optimum Nutrition Opti-Women, Womens Daily Multivitamin Supplement with Iron, 120 Capsules ($16, Amazon).
5. Thicken your hair with dandruff shampoo.
Washing your hair twice a week with a fungus-fighting dandruff shampoo that contains ketoconazole — such as Nizoral A-D Anti-Dandruff Shampoo ($14, Amazon) — can reduce hair loss as much as 16 percent, one Belgian study found.
This story originally appeared in our print magazine.