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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…

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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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