Hair may have been necessary eons ago in the Cro-Magnon era as we camouflaged ourselves in the wild or fought harsh weather conditions, but fortunately today this is no longer the case. Today we want hair to be attractive. Unless you’re the hunchback of Notre Dame, reflecting an image of vigor, youth, health and confidence is probably just as important to you as it is to us.
We may appear to be more civilized now compared to our grunting, furry ancestors, but we’re technically still part of the repetitive cycle of life. It only makes sense that we mere humans are no exception to the rules of nature. Days rise, nights fall, seasons come and go, and our hair cycles into phases as well. Humans, not unlike the arctic fox shedding its tawny coat in exchange for sleek, white winter fur, also shed like the true mammalians we are.
Hopefully you don’t use back hair as camouflage, but regardless, shedding season lasts around 6 weeks and happens twice a year: the first bump is small, and occurs in the spring, while the larger one– the one preparing you for winter (and hopefully not the “winter of your hair’s life”)– occurs in autumn. So if singing Autumn Leaves during fall time carries a more profound meaning than you’d like, there are things you can do to trick nature. So how should you prepare for shedding season? And what steps should you take during the dreaded shedding months to ensure your hair stays thick, healthy and full?
1. Use the Theradome LH80 PRO consistently
Laser hair therapy is clinically proven to minimize shedding, increase hair shaft diameter and induce new hair growth. The FDA-cleared Theradome LH80 PRO is the world’s most technologically advanced laser hair therapy device, and is conveniently available to you for a fraction of the cost of professional laser hair loss clinics. Although laser hair therapy is primarily used to fight hair loss, some high-quality devices are beginning to surface in the cosmetic industry as beauty accessories used to prevent hair loss and thicken hair . So really, it’s a no brainer to utilize the power of the Theradome helmet during shedding season at least twice-a-week to stay ahead of the game.
2. Pay attention to your shedding
It’s normal to lose a certain number of hairs a day , so you probably have a general sense of what’s normal for you . Although it’s hard to tell, you may notice more hair loss (typically ranging from 80 – 150 hairs a day) during shedding season by checking your brush, pillows and perhaps grimacing at your clogged shower drain. Like always, individual rates vary. Don’t forget the presence and influence of the all-mighty DNA that aims to create copies of your relatives’ scalps. Some people shed more, some people shed less, and chances are their rates of hair loss in the midst of shedding season also differ.
Still worried? The safest bet is to consult your doctor if you’re uncertain of any significant hair loss. Make an appointment to rule out any serious health problems. Since hair is technically the last thing your body really needs, your mane is first and foremost on the chopping block (no pun intended) when it comes to down to preserving what’s crucially important for your survival.
3. Take natural supplements that promote hair growth
There are a few natural supplements that are known to help with overall hair and scalp health, such as biotin, selenium and zinc. On top of including foods rich in these in your overall diet, taking supplements will prepare your body (and hair!) for the shedding months ahead. Just remember to always consult a physician when taking supplements/vitamins, especially if you are currently on medication, are pregnant or have any health conditions.
- A water-soluble B-vitamin, biotin is known for encouraging healthy hair, scalp, skin, nails, immunity and cellular energy production. Biotin can’t reverse hair loss, but has been shown to encourage healthy hair to grow faster and longer (yes– info that comes in handy should you be trying to outgrow a horrendous haircut). Biotin also wards off chemicals and hormones that aggravate hair loss. Furthermore, if you are biotin-deficient (for which there is no test), you’ll consequentially suffer from a compromised state of health, which goes back to your tresses being on the chopping block. During shedding season, biotin should hence be taken at a daily dose of 5000 mcg– (not to be confused with mg – 1000 mcg = 1 mg).
- Selenium supports hair growth and can prevent hair loss. It’s also known for reducing levels of dandruff and for fighting the presence of the Malassezia fungus, which can cause inflammation and result in the sad dwindling and shedding of your locks. In fact, selenium is often included in anti-dandruff shampoos. So take between 100 and 250 mcg of selenium every day during shedding season to avert any subsequent plumbing problems after the foreseeable clogging of your shower drain.
- Zinc is a trace mineral present in the human body and plays a crucial role in protein synthesis, cell reproduction, tissue growth, vitamin absorption and hormonal balance. Without an adequate supply of zinc, not only is your immune system compromised, but hair shafts can also weaken and cause hair breakage with an overall slowed-down hair regrowth. No one wants that . Zinc also maintains scalp health and an overall balanced production of sebum– an oil secreted by glands essential for healthy hair lubrication. During shedding season, try incorporating 30 mg of zinc into your daily regimen.
4. Prepare for shedding season ahead of time
If Stop procrastinating!!! has been on your New Year Resolution list since January, now is the time to revisit your good intentions. With the above regimen, you are now fully armed to affront the shedding curse of autumn and spring for years to come. Mark these periods on your yearly calendar: prepare for shedding season well ahead of time with a supply of supplements and a fully-charged, ready-to-go optimum laser hair therapy device, such as the FDA-cleared Theradome LH80 PRO. Engineered in the U.S., the Theradome relies solely on science to prevent and reverse hair loss and its wearable, cordless features make incorporating its weekly use as easy as pie– especially during the inevitable trying, shedding times ahead.