Male Hair Loss Prevention
HOW TO PREVENT HAIR LOSS in men
The first signs of hair thinning, shedding, or hair loss are unsettling. Keep in mind that it's typical to shed around 50-150 strands of hair every day. Sometimes, hair falls more readily and you may feel powerless to prevent it from happening.
The cause of hair loss may be unclear, but genetics, stress, hormones, nutrition, seasonal changes, health, and medical illness shape your hair. An effective treatment plan will consider all the above factors to help you retain hair.Additionally, you may need to strengthen your scalp with cosmetic solutions that revitalize the hair follicles. Whether you have a full head of hair or are suffering from a hair loss issue, preventative care creates a healthy scalp that grows strong, thriving hairs.
DETECTION OF HAIR LOSS
Being in the dark about the root of hair loss is disconcerting, so it's helpful to first consult with a dermatologist. During your appointment, they'll examine your health and medical history. When there's a clear cause of hair loss, the dermatologist can work with you on an effective treatment plan, and you may seek additional consultation from a nutritionist or medical doctor.
Of course, the goal is to prevent male hair loss, and there are several measures you can take, including:
- A DNA test to determine if there is a genetic predisposition to hair loss.
- An investigation of medical and family history, stress levels, nutrition, exercise routine, and any recent, significant life events.
- Lab work and blood tests to determine if there are any nutritional deficiencies, abnormalities or hormonal imbalances
- A comparison of your hair against the Norwood Scale to decipher if your symptoms align with Male Pattern Baldness.
- A Hair-Pull Test, a process in which your doctor will grasp a small portion of your hair and gently pull along the length of the hair shaft to assess how many strands shed.
HOW TO care & PREVENT FURTHER HAIR LOSS
The scalp is part of the body’s largest organ, and it’s home to your hair follicles. Think of your scalp like a car engine: it needs oil, regular tune-ups, and maintenance to run optimally. However, without care, it’ll blow up and be out of commission. Your scalp is the lifeblood of your follicles and hair strands. When you nurture it, hair generally grows naturally. Implement the following strategies to retain hair, prevent male hair loss, and feel secure in your healthy scalp. Keep in mind that to have healthy hair extends beyond physical wellbeing into emotional and mental health, as well.
Physical & Emotional Health
Instinctually, hair care revolves around physical health. However, hair longevity depends on your emotional health also.
Here's what you can do:
The human body craves movement because exercise releases nutrients, oxygen, and blood to flow freely throughout the body. Healthy blood circulation regulates the hair growth cycle. Exercise does wonders on stress, tension, and emotional disturbances.
Manage stress level:
Stress accounts for 75-90% of all human diseases, according to a study by Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Chronic stress can cause hair loss, which is why it's paramount to neutralize stress with calming activities or hobbies like sports, reading, chess, or playing with the kids.
We all know that food is the fuel that helps you sustain a long, healthy life. A diet rich in protein, leafy greens, and omega fatty acids helps you thrive from essential vitamins and nutrients. Your hair follicles also benefit, as they feed on nutrients from protein, iron, lipids, minerals, and B-vitamins. Consult with your doctor or nutritionist for guidance on a nutrition and supplementation plan.
When we talk about diet, it's easy to overlook the source of our existence: water. It might seem superfluous to say, but water is essential because we are 60% water. When we fail to drink two liters of water a day, dehydration, dryness, and hair shed occur. Combine a balanced diet with adequate water intake to fuel your body—and hair —with the nutrients it craves.
Washing, Conditioning & Drying Hair
Regular washing and conditioning keep the scalp nourished, moisturized, and healthy. Of course, the products you use can make or break the vitality and appearance of your hair. The goal is to eliminate product buildup that clogs the hair follicles and prevents them from growing hair. You also want to consider your drying habits because blow-drying, abrasive brushing and towel drying can stress out your follicles.
How's how to safely wash, condition, and dry hair:
- Use INTACT, an Anti Hair Shedding Treatment, prior to washing hair. This pre-wash treatment retains and protects hair from the stress and pulling of washing and styling hair by securing hair on the scalp and minimizing shedding up to 77% after just one use.
- Avoid products filled with mystery ingredients like alcohol, silicons, and polymers that weigh hair down and tug at the hair follicles.
- Choose products that contain biotin, panthenol, and enriching emollients that nourish the roots and minimize buildup or dryness.
- If there’s a buildup of water minerals, chlorine or salt, a demineralizing shampoo can break down and wash away residue.
- Use a leave-in conditioner to make combing hair more manageable.
- Dry damp hair by gently squeezing hair, and use a microfiber towel to absorb water from hair, rather than pulling at hair to dry it.
- Comb hair in sections with a wide-tooth comb.
- Be consistent with topical treatments and cosmetic solutions. You'll experience the best results by following the manufacturer's guidance for dosage and frequency.
Hair follicles are tough and resilient, but your hygiene habits can tax them unnecessarily. Here are some no-fuss styling tips to optimize your hair health while styling.
Here's what you can do:
- Avoid blow dryers. Instead, let your hair air dry.
- Choose an easy styling routine that revitalizes your scalp. When in doubt, apply a root securing complex like INTACT, then wash and condition, and let your hair air dry.
- If you have a strict styling routine, schedule days off for your hair to rebound from products and blow-drying.
- If you color treat your hair, try using natural alternatives that don’t contain toxic chemicals. Otherwise, consider rocking your natural color -- salt and pepper is all the rage, as proven by George Clooney and Steve Carell.
- If you have long hair, wear it down, or shorten it to a manageable length. Long hair is heavier than short hair and can pull at the hair follicles.
HOW TO PROTECT YOUR HAIR
Daily preventative care invigorates your scalp with the stamina to go the distance. In addition to regular hair care, grab a proven-effective product that shows up for your hair every day.