Your hair changes as you age and it’s not uncommon for your strands to become thinner over time. Dermatologists note that certain hair care products can damage your hair and cause excessive hair fall.
In fact, there's one in particular that experts recommend avoiding because of its tendency to weaken the follicles and negatively impact the health of your hair--it's shampoos with sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)!
"When they’re used in shampoos, sulfates are very efficient cleansers — maybe a little too efficient — and can pull a lot of natural oil from hair and skin," Eric Spengler, chief commercialization officer at Living Proof, says. "They’re so good at cleaning that they can actually strip your hair of its natural oils and make it feel rough, dry, and brittle. They can also cause dryness and irritation on your scalp."
So, what should you be using to help promote hair regrowth and thickness? According to Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, using topical treatments like minoxidil, better known by the brand name Women's Rogaine, for its nutrient-rich formula.
"Topical minoxidil is the gold standard of treatment," he tells Health.com. "It helps lengthen the active growing stage of hairs and promotes healthy delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicle.”
You can also make your own topical treatment at home using essential oils. One study found that mixing rosemary, peppermint, thyme, and lavender in a mixture of jojoba or grapeseed oil help show hair growth improvement!
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