Fall is a particularly trying season for people who are losing their hair. Wide fluctuations in temperature can hamper ample blood circulation to the scalp, and hair loss is exacerbated by other conditions like stress and pollution.
"In the past, balding was considered to be genetic, but now more and more people lose their hair due to stress and other external factors," said Ha Tae-joon of a baldness clinic.
Ordinary people lose around 20 to 50 strands of hair a day, but this rises to 50 to 100 in the fall. Losing more than 100 strands of hair a day may be a sign of balding.
Drinking water can help since dehydration slows blood circulation, causing hair loss and dandruff. Green tea may also be helpful since it makes small blood vessels expand and promotes circulation.
Tuna, anchovies, mackerel and other types of oily fish, as well as lettuce, radishes, green peppers and fruit also strengthen the follicles and improve blood circulation in the scalp. Black sesame seeds, black beans, brown rice, walnuts, kelp, seaweed and laver can bolster the tensile strength of hair.
A good night’s sleep of between seven or eight hours can also stop hair falling out. But the key to maintaining a healthy mane is hygiene and stress release. And regular scalp massages can help new hair to grow by promoting blood circulation. Some people also swear by tapping their scalp gently 20 times or more a day with a brush.