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Easy fixes for stress hair loss

“Stress speeds the production of DHT, a hormone that damages hair follicles,” says Anna Cabeca, M.D. Luckily, tamping down DHT to keep locks thick is easy! Just…


Tickle your follicles

DHT on the scalp makes strands thin, delicate and prone to shedding, says double board-certified physician Amy Shah, M.D. But scrubbing it away daily with a massager like Heeta Hair Scalp Massager (Amazon.com) can stop thinning in its tracks, plus thicken the diameter of new strands. Boost the benefits with dandruff shampoo that contains ketoconazo­le, a compound that boosts hair growth in 59% of women studied.

Spritz with this

Tingly peppermint essential oil prods more and thicker hair growth better than minoxidil, Korean researcher­s say. It blocks

the production of DHT and improves circulatio­n to hair follicles. To do: Mix 1 drop of peppermint essential oil in 1⁄ cup 4 of water and spritz onto the scalp daily.

Chill with tea

A couple of glasses of iced green tea daily helps thicken hair in just three months. Researcher­s say the compound EGCG in green tea decreases the output of DHT, while antioxidan­ts prolong the growth phase of hair. “And green tea has none of the side effects of prescripti­on hairloss treatments,” cheers Lorraine Maita, M.D. Tip: Steeping tea bags for 10 minutes maximizes EGCG content.

Boost growth

The antioxidan­t astaxanthi­n is study-proven to block the enzymes responsibl­e for DHT production. In fact, New Jersey researcher­s found that supplement­ing with 5 mg. twice daily decreased DHT blood levels by 40%, allowing new hair strands to grow in thicker and more plentiful. Note: Check with a doctor before supplement­ing.

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