Asking for a Friend: How Many Hairs Should You Shed a Day?
Whether you've noticed your ponytail thinning or you've looked down at the bathroom floor in horror due to a fake-out sighting of Chewbacca that was actually just a pileup of your own fallen strands, you're not alone, and the issue is usually manageable. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, "It's normal to shed between 50 and 100 hairs a day," and thinning can often be remedied with dietary changes and supplements. Scroll through to find out our three best hair-growth tips, from the nutrient-rich foods and herbs to eat, plus the $29 supplement you can Amazon Prime right now (Christie Brinkley and Kim Kardashian West's hairstylist both approve).
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A Supplement for Thicker, Younger Hair
Jen Atkin, the hair stylist behind Hollywood It girls like Sofía Vergara, Kim Kardashian West, and Christina Hendricks, swears by BioSil, a "nutri-cosmeceutical that's been clinically proven to thicken hair and strengthen hair. On top of that, BioSil adds shine and smooths out the hair shaft. Although BioSil starts working after the first dose, you'll probably start noticing the effects after a month or so, when your 'new hair' starts growing out." Growing on you yet? If that's not convincing enough, our very own editorial director says she had to cut back on BioSil because it stimulated so much hair growth.
According to doctor Josh Axe, any foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, iron, biotin, and vitamin A will support healthier hair. Wild-caught salmon, egg yolks, and walnuts are all loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for hair growth since they fight inflammation and balance hormones. Eggs and wild-caught fish are also great sources of biotin, the B-complex nutrient essential for cell proliferation. To meet your iron needs for healthy blood, and thus the nutrition your hair follicles need, incorporate more foods like grass-fed beef and spinach. And lastly, vitamin A is super important for a healthy scalp, so load up on kale and pumpkin seeds.
Herbs That Promote Hair Growth
To supplement a healthy diet, you can also make herbal teas that support hair growth. Enjoyed as an herbal tea or taken in supplement form, ginkgo biloba is a powerful herbal remedy that promotes hair growth by strengthening the hair shaft. Another option is saw palmetto, which keeps testosterone levels balanced in women according to this study on Alopecia management in the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery.
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