It’s unfortunate that nearly half of women experience thinning hair by age 50, leaving us wondering how to stop inevitable hair loss. Luckily, there are proven natural remedies to help prevent against thinning hair and stop age-related hair loss in women.
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.
Pop MSM to stimulate 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 we like: Life-Flo MSM Capsules, 2000-mg, 60 count, $11 at Amazon.com.
Toss damaging elastic bands.
Friction from tight elastic bands— used for ponytails, braids and buns —damages follicles and weakens hair strands, causing thinning. An alternative to try: Blax CLEAR, Damage-free, Hair Elastics, $5 at Amazon.com.
Take a multi 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: Women's Daily Multivitamin Supplement ($17 at Amazon.com.)
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, $14 at Amazon.com) can reduce hair loss as much as 16 percent , a recent Belgian study found.
This story originally appeared in our print magazine.