There are few things more distressing than leaving the shower with a huge clump of hair in your drain. While a certain amount of shedding is a natural part of your hair’s growth cycle, when you’re losing more hair than normal it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. We’re here to help, with tips to help hair that won’t stop shedding, so you can get stronger, healthier strands that look and feel thicker and fuller.

1. Invest in a Hair Serum

When it comes to hair health, prevention is always better than addressing problems as they arise. Incorporating A serum into your product rotation is the perfect way to support new growth and reduce shedding, by making sure your hair is getting the nourishment it needs. VEGAMOUR’S fan favorite GRO Hair Serum is packed with vegan phyto-active ingredients like mung bean, red clover, and curcumin, essential to supporting your hair health and encouraging new strands to grow. Designed to support the appearance of thicker, fuller, healthier hair, participants in a clinical trial found this serum reduced signs of shedding by up to 76%.

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Also: How Much Shedding Is Normal?

2. Massage That Scalp!

Hair health starts at the scalp. Not only is it some of the most sensitive skin on your body, having a scalp whose ph balance is out of whack can seriously mess with your hair. Excess shedding often occurs because your scalp’s follicles, which grow new strands, are clogged by dead skin, oil, or product buildup. Tackle this problem at the source by using a handheld silicone scalp massager to gently exfoliate those roots. Use your scalp massager to work in your shampoo, your favorite serum or foam, or just for a little R&R.

Related: 5 Reasons to Massage Your Scalp Daily

3. Read Your Product Labels 

Your hair products are supposed to support hair health, not make shedding worse! Unfortunately, many products contain ingredients that can worsen hair shed. Chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulfate and parabens can cause dryness that leads to scalp buildup, damaged hair strands, and increased shedding. This is especially true of those of us with curly hair, whose texture can be negatively impacted by even minimal exposure to these ingredients. If your products contain any of these ingredients, try switching to a gentler, plant-based routine, like the best-selling GRO Revitalizing Shampoo and Conditioner kit, which are formulated with natural ingredients that gently clarify and cleanse.

4. Breathe Deep 

We say someone who’s stressed is “tearing their hair out—” a phrase that might have originated in the not so fun fact that stress can literally cause excessive hair shed. This happens for a few reasons. Excessive stress can raise androgen levels in your body, which can trigger hair loss. But it may also trigger a variety of scalp issues, such as dandruff, disrupt sleep and eating habits, and mess with your digestion, all of which has a negative impact on hair (as well as the health of the rest of your body!). If you’ve been under a lot of pressure lately, there are many clinically proven methods for stress reduction. Break up your day with a fifteen minute walk at lunch time, or do a little yoga in the morning when you wake up. Sitting down to meditate for even ten minutes a day can also have a dramatic impact on your health and well being--including the growth cycles of your hair.

Also: 8 Yoga Poses for Hair Growth

5. Don't Get Uptight

Everybody loves an easy updo, especially in the summer months, but a too tight hairstyle can be bad news for those of us prone to excessive shedding. Keeping your hair pulled tight in styles like braids, cornrows, extensions, or even a tight bun or ponytail can cause a condition called traction alopecia, which in the long term can lead to bald spots and thinning hair. While the official name sounds scary there’s an easy fix: most cases of traction alopecia can be cured by avoiding tight hairstyles to prevent further damage. So hang loose, and let those locks flow, or switch to a more gentle hairband style like friction-free organic bamboo cotton hair ties that won’t snag or snarl your strands.

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6. Stay Nourished 

We all know how important eating a balanced diet is to the health of our bodies, and that’s definitely true when it comes to hair health. Shedding too much hair can be a sign of a vitamin or mineral deficiency — commonly iron or vitamin B12, or a lack of dietary essentials such as protein or complex carbohydrates. To make sure your hair is getting the support it needs, you can supplement your balanced diet with a daily gummy, like GRO Biotin Gummies for Hair, which contains vitamins that neutralize follicle-damaging free radicals, helping to prevent excessive hair fall. For an extra boost, try GRO+ Advanced Hair Care Gummies with feature 10 mg of CBD per gummy to melt your worries away and soothe stress, which can have major impact on your tresses.

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Stop Hair Shedding in its Tracks

Whatever strategy you choose to address your excess hair fall issues, be patient. Shedding can be caused by a variety of reasons, and regrowing your hair takes time. By committing to taking care of your hair and scalp, you’re well on your way to healthier strands.

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