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Hair loss can be a bit of a taboo subject among women. If a man loses his hair, he has options. There are plenty of styles men can pull off with little hair and there are plenty of perfectly attractive bald men. But for women—our hair is one of our favorite accessories. We spend immeasurably more time, money and thought on our hair than men do in a lifetime. If it starts to thin out, it’s like watching an investment go down the drain. But women do suffer from hair loss and hair thinning, just like men. We just aren’t as prepared and trained in the ways or preventing it that men are because we don’t talk about it. Let’s start now. Here are ways women can prevent hair thinning, that you should start today.

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Stop stressing

It’s no secret that stress can lead to hair loss. Just take a look at any of our presidents at the beginning and the end of their terms; their hairlines all recede. If you are not managing your stress levels then you will fight an uphill battle with your hair loss.

 

 

 

 

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Easy on the appliances

Curling irons, flat irons, crimpers and blow dryers can cause damage to even the strongest of hair. If you’re noticing that your hair is starting to thin out, you need to be very selective of when you use these appliances.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Don’t tie your hair tightly

Stay away from super tight hair ties or ones that have exposed elastic. These types of accessories can take out chunks of hair in women who are already experiencing hair loss. This may be the time to bring the scrunchy back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Don’t wash your hair every day

Whether you have ultra strong hair or thinning tresses, you shouldn’t be washing your hair every day—it strips it of the natural oils that keep your locks durable. But washing your hair also usually means running strong water through it, which will drag a lot of hair out of already weak follicles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Scalp massage

Scalp massages not only feel incredible but they also strengthen your hair roots. When you get a scalp massage, your hair follicles heat up and are primed for taking in nutrients more efficiently.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Use these oils

Speaking of nutrients for your hair, try adding these oils to your regiment: almond (contains strengthening iron and magnesium) coconut (traps essential moisture in your follicles) olive (the vitamin E promotes hair growth) and lavender (it prevents breakage).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Use apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar kills the bacteria that clogs your hair follicles and keeps them from getting the oil they need. This, in turn, dries out the hair and causes it to break. Apple cider vinegar can prevent these blockages.

 

 

 

 

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Eat more nuts and fish

The fatty acids found in things like salmon, mackerel, soy nuts and walnuts moisturize your hair, as well as increase its elasticity. Both of these elements prevent hair breakage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eat more oysters, beef, and seeds

Oysters and lean beef, along with pumpkin and sunflower seeds, are high in zinc. Zinc is essential to building proteins all over your body, including those in your hair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Get more protein

While zinc helps build up protein, you need some actual protein to start with. If you have a protein deficiency in your diet, you will likely see hair loss. Vegans and vegetarians especially need to make sure they get sufficient protein and zinc—both of which are typically lacking in their diets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Munch on turkey, beans, and leafy greens

Make more turkey sandwiches, burritos, and salads because turkey, beans and leafy greens have iron! Iron moves oxygen throughout your body, improving circulation in your scalp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Get more vitamin C

Now that you’re getting more iron, you need to make sure you absorb it. Vitamin C helps with iron absorption. Get it from papaya, kiwi, oranges, apples, strawberries, broccoli, grapefruit and guava.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Get more vitamin A

Vitamin A helps your hair produce sebum. Sebum is a fatty substance released by the sebaceous glands in your hair roots and is essential to keeping your hair from breaking. Find vitamin A in carrots, sweet potatoes, squash and tropical fruits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Try aloe vera

Aloe vera is a wonderful natural moisturizer and promotes hair growth. It can also alleviate an itchy scalp and itching your head a lot can increase the rate at which your hair falls out.

 

 

 

 

 

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Use green tea shampoo

The caffeine found in green tea doesn’t only perk you up but it also perks your hair up! Green tea stimulates your hair follicles, promoting hair growth. Try using a green tea shampoo and an aloe vera conditioner.

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