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Updated: December 21, 2009 17:04 IST

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When you have hair loss, styling gets easier with short hair

The falling of a little hair every day is normal. However, some people may experience excessive hair loss. A number of things can cause this. For example, about three to four months after an illness or a major surgery, one may suddenly lose a lot of hair. This hair loss is related to illness stress, and is temporary.

Certain medicines, fungal infections, hormonal imbalance and an overactive or underactive thyroid gland can cause hair fall too. There may be hair fall for up to three months after pregnancy too. Pulling your hair for pigtails or cornrows or tight hair rollers, also can result in hair loss.

Do's

Massage the scalp for a minute before going to bed every night. It stimulates blood flow to the roots of the hair.

After shampooing hair, rinse with cold water. This makes the hair cuticle lie flat, and the hair looks healthier.

Don'ts

Don't rub the hair dry, as it can break hair.

Don't scrub the ends too much when shampooing hair. Excessive scrubbing makes hair brittle.

Don't pull hair for tight ponytails, braids or head bands, as they can break hair.

Don't brush hair too much when it is wet. It will snap and break.

Don't wash hair in hot water, as it dries hair. It also opens the cuticle, which makes it more absorbent to pollutants.

Hair care

Beat egg with six to eight drops of lemon juice, apply on hair, and wash it with a herbal shampoo.

Use very mild shampoo and conditioner every day. Rinse thoroughly.

Soak a towel in hot water and squeeze lightly, and cover the hair for 10 minutes.

Soak squeezed lemons in water overnight and use it to clean hair.

Drink 10 to 12 glasses of water daily. Include plenty of fruits, vegetable and dairy products in your diet.

Hair styling

Short hair is perfect for people with excessive hair fall, as it reduces weight from the hair when the scalp is weak. It is easy to maintain and requires less styling. Short styles include bob cuts, prom choppy, chin-length blunts, layered blunts, short shag, tapered teen layers, slide cuts and feather cuts.

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