Simply changing the way you do things in your daily life will minimize hair loss.

Use Your Fingertips

The first way to reduce the number of hairs that fall out of your head every day is to use the pads of your fingertips—not your nails—to wash your hair.

Though rubbing in good with your fingernails feels great, the sharp edge of fingernails can tear hair out of its follicles.

The soft pads of your fingertips will be gentler to the roots. And don’t rub and scrub; instead, massage and caress.

I might add that hairs will be needlessly pulled out as you wash your hair if you have the slightest hang nail. Make sure your nails are filed smooth before washing your hair.

A nail need not be hanging to yank a hair out of its root. Check your nails before washing so that they don’t snag any strands.

Wringing out Water

When it’s time to wring the excess water out, do not wring close to your scalp. Grab the hair further away, then wring below that point.

How to Use a Towel

Do not rub your scalp with the towel. Simply place the towel over it and press your hands to it firmly for several moments, then wrap it up.

Charging Your Phone

Be very aware of little things that can cause needless loss of hairs.

Recently I was placing the charger into my cell phone, and a strand of hair somehow got between the charger connector and the insertion point in the phone.

As I inserted, the strand was yanked out of its root. I know that’s only one strand, but little ridiculous things like this every day add up.

Removing Bobby Pins and Clips

To minimize hair loss, carefully and patiently remove clips, bobby pins and any other gadget or trinket in your hair.

Make sure that the tips of bobby pins are smooth and round. Not all bobby pins are alike.

Some bobby pins are very difficult to remove without taking some strands with them.

Scarves, Hats, Etc.

When removing something from your head (ear muffs, hats, bandanas, anything), remove slowly and carefully.

If some strands begin getting yanked, you’ll have time to reverse this situation if you remove the item in very slow motion.

Scalp Itching

Be very cognizant of mindless scalp scratching throughout the day.

When scratching, do not use your fingernail. Instead, gently massage the itchy part with the pad of a fingertip.

Lying Down

Never lie down with a part going down the center of the back of your head.

If your head is against something while your body is horizontal or even slightly elevated, this will tend to pull the strands in the direction that the parting makes them go in.

In other words, if you’re wearing pig-tails, do not take a nap in them, let alone go to bed with them still in. You’ll even feel the pulling if you do.

There are other ways yet to minimize daily hair loss, but I thought I’d provide less commonly-written-about tips that you don’t normally come across.

Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer. 
Top image:, Ronald Plett