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Excessive Hair Loss in Japan: The Root Causes and Control Methods

By Anisha Thapa Mar 6, 2024

Have you experienced hair thinning or hair loss issues after coming to Japan? If so, you might be wondering what the actual reason behind it is. People in their 20s and 30s tend to worry about their hair loss. They are busy focusing on their career, family, and future, thus neglecting their health. This article discusses the primary causes of hair loss and various control methods, such as self-care and specific diet.

Root Causes of Hair Loss in Japan

What can be the possible causes of this issue? Let’s try to uncover the roots of this problem. There are various aspects that heavily influence hair condition, including hair loss, dry scalp, and damaged hair. Even though the problems are different, their causes are mostly similar; the main one being climate change. Most internationals coming to Japan tend to experience hair loss because of the different climate and, especially, high humidity levels. Humidity makes hair dry, and scalp itchy, causing dandruff and hair thinning. Other root causes are stress, poor diet, and the excessive use of chemical hair products that have silicones, sulfates, parabens, or any sort of synthetic fragrances.

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Control Methods For Hair Loss

Now knowing the possible root causes of hair loss, let’s discuss how you can prevent it or improve the condition of your hair. There are two main categories of control methods: hair and body treatment, and diet. If you want to achieve the goal of fixing any hair fall problems, as well as improving the condition of your hair in general, you should focus on the following methods.

Hair and Body Treatment 

Hair treatment includes the use of chemical-free products, as well as other helpful shower products, for example, towels and shower filters. The main step is to use hair treatment products and look for more organic versions. The most popular organic products are natural oils: coconut, argon, and jojoba. They help make your hair healthy, smooth, thick, and strong and nourish it, preventing potential hair-loss issues. Always be mindful to use these products sparingly, because a lot of time more does not mean better. Massaging your hair only twice a week will be more than substantial and do no harm. 

Additionally, it is a good practice to use only quality microfiber or eco-friendly hair towels, wooden or boar bristles brushes, and install specific shower filters that help to adjust water pressure and make it more gentle on hair follicles. It is also very helpful to treat your body and mind with nourishing practices, for example, meditation, visiting a sauna, and other activities of natural relaxation for peace of mind.


Maintaining a proper healthy diet not only improves the condition of your hair and helps mitigate all possible hair issues, but also improves your overall health. I recommend following a diet containing lots of protein and omega vitamins, which can be found in eggs, fish, avocados, nuts, and cheese. Having mentioned that, you should only follow the diet that is comfortable for you and your current state of health.

Where to Find Good Hair Products in Japan

People coming to Japan can experience hair loss problems because of climate change, poor diet, stress, and excessive use of chemical products. Good hair and body treatment and following a proper healthy diet can help overcome such issues. Fortunately, Japan is a good place for the above-mentioned activities and products.

Some of the best hair care products for controlling hair loss I’ve found are “Himawari Dear Beaute Oil in Shampoo and Oil in Conditioner, Diane, Shiseido, &Honey Shampoo.” These items are widely available in almost every Japanese drugstore, including Kusuri, Matsumoto, Wellness, and any beauty store. Similarly, the Bic camera offers one of the best shower filters for your hair, such as the “Mitsubishi Chemical Cleansui water purification shower head & Kakudai water purification shower head.” 

Hair is your confidence, so take good care of it! 

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