Most men can expect to experience some amount of hair loss by the time they reach thirty, and it can do quite some damage to their self-esteem. There are many reasons for losing your hair, and there are many options that can help you prevent balding – or at least buy you some time before it happens. And as prevention is always better – and easier – than the cure, here are a couple of ways in which you can fight hair loss like a pro.
Stress can lead to hair loss, so try to find a way that can help you de-stress after a long day at work, an argument with your loved one, or anything else that usually stresses you out. It can be anything from taking a 15-min walk to meditating for an hour, as long as you find it enjoyable and helpful. By reducing the amount of stress you feel, you are more likely to stay healthy for a longer period of time, both mentally and physically – and this includes everything from the appearance of your skin to the amount of hair you have. Moreover, there are many stages of hair loss, so before you start looking for the solution, make sure you know what exactly is causing it and how serious it is.
Adjust your diet
One of the most important things you need to do if you want to win this battle is changing your diet. Research has shown that a bad diet can make you start losing your hair faster because your hair isn’t getting enough proteins and other nutrients that would make it stronger. So, add more good fats and protein-rich foods to your diet, and your hair is bound to keep growing instead of falling off.
Get enough sleep
Studying all night or organising a movie marathon that would last through the night might seem like a fun thing to do while you are young. However, as you age, your body needs sleep to rest and regenerate. Getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep is essential for your body’s health, which includes the health of your hair. Getting enough sleep is also closely connected to your stress levels – if there is something bothering you and affecting your sleep patterns, don’t ignore it.
Use the right products
In order to keep your hair healthy and help it grow, you should make sure to use natural hair products. There are many products out there that don’t really do much for your hair, or might even damage it, which is why you need to think about the products you use – don’t just buy the first bottle that has “shampoo” written on it. Plus, besides the shampoo, you should also use hair conditioners, vitamins, and even growth serums if necessary. This way, you’ll know that your hair is getting everything it needs to stay strong and healthy.
In case you’ve already started losing hair, there are many treatments that might help you. Some of them come in the shape of lotions and medications, while some are a bit more “serious” and include various medical procedures, such as hair transplant and cell therapy. However, you should know that baldness is, after all, natural. This is why you should ask yourself whether you really want to treat it once the process starts. If you still do, here are some of the most popular treatments:
Also known as Regaine, Minoxidil is an FDA-approved drug that is designed to fight hair loss by slowing down the process. However, the downside is that if you stop taking it,
the process will be reversed and you’ll actually end up losing the hair you’ve grown while you were using it.
Laser treatments, unfortunately, can’t help you grow new hair. However, they can help your existing hair become stronger by stimulating the blood flow, so it’s more about saving the hair you have than growing new one. Also, the therapy needs to be repeated until the results show.
This is perhaps the most extreme solution, but also the most effective. It implies taking the existing strands of hair from your head, dissecting them, and planting the dissected grafts into the bald areas.
Losing your hair is a natural process that you shouldn’t be afraid of. However, it is completely
understandable that you want to postpone it for as long as you can, so do your research, choose the option that suits you best, and the results are bound to show in no time.
Peter is a men's grooming and health writer at The Beard Mag & High Style Life magazines, living between UK and Australia. Beside writing he worked as a grooming consultant for many fashion events around UK & Australia too! Follow Peter on Twitter for more men’s grooming tips.