Hair loss is something that many men dread. However, the good news is that there are several things you can do to prevent the problem from worsening or even occurring in the first place. Here are a few tips to try to resolve your issues.
Change Your Diet
A study from 2018 showed that if you eat a Mediterranean diet that is rich in fresh herbs and raw vegetables, you can reduce your risk of male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia) and slow down its onset.
Another study from 2017 revealed that many people suffering from hair loss had nutritional deficiencies, including in the amino acids that are protein’s building blocks. Since the primary component of hair follicles is a protein known as keratin, it stands to reason that consuming more protein-rich foods like nuts, eggs, peas, beans, turkey, chicken, and fish can help to reduce hair loss.
Consuming more foods packed with vitamin A like sweet peppers, spinach, and sweet potatoes can also help to promote hair growth and sebum production for a healthier scalp.
Take A Multivitamin
Vitamins D, C, B, A, selenium, zinc, and iron are all vital for hair growth and hair retention. Taking a daily multivitamin can help to reduce hair loss. It’s also advisable to take Biotin (vitamin B7 or H) which is vital for the life cycle of your hair. A journal article from 2004 also showed that taking a 200mg supplement of saw palmetto on a daily basis could improve hair growth, while ginseng contains phytochemicals which have also been linked to hair growth.
Caring For Your Hair
As well as adding supplements into your daily regime and changing your diet, you should consider your hair care routine, and how it can be altered to protect from further hair loss. Washing your hair every day with a mild shampoo will ensure your scalp stays clean and healthy, but avoid any products with a harsh formula as it can dry your hair out and cause breakage which, in turn, leads to hair loss.
Meanwhile, massaging the scalp with coconut oil is known to boost blood flow while helping to bind the proteins in the hair to guard against breakage at both the strand and root. Alternatively, applying olive oil onto the hair directly for 30 minutes at a time can deep condition it and protect against dryness and breakage.
Styling And Processing
Avoid any hairstyle that pulls on the roots of your hair, and avoid using any kind of heat styling including blow drying, as it can cause irritation to the scalp and damage the hair shaft. Avoid using any chemical treatments too as they can damage the scalp and hair.
If you’re suffering from prolonged, long-term hair loss, you may want to seek advice from your doctor.
There are a number of medical treatments that can help including laser therapy which helps to improve hair density by stimulating the epidermal stem cells, injections of PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma into the scalp to stimulate hair growth in any areas that have already experienced hair loss, and over-the-counter drugs like Minoxidil which must be applied daily to the scalp. Propecia is another treatment that is available on prescription only, to slow down hair loss while promoting new growth.
Although hair loss can be worrying, there is a lot that you can do to help slow it down, or even prevent it altogether. So don’t panic just yet! Try out our top tips and hopefully you’ll see improvements soon.