Over 65% of men will have some degree of hair loss by the age of 35. What’s the most common cause? Androgenic alopecia aka male pattern baldness.
However, it can also be due to other conditions such as alopecia areata, telogen effluvium, ringworm, or hypothyroidism. Nutritional deficiencies can cause it as well.
Are you experiencing hair loss? Looking for some pro tips on what to do? If so, you’re on the right page.
We’ll be going over a few tips and tricks below. Keep reading to learn more!
1. Take Multivitamin Supplements
Vitamins and minerals are important to the hair growth and retention processes. Take vitamin A, for example, it allows the skin glands to produce sebum, a waxy substance that moisturizes the scalp and keeps the hair healthy.
Considering that, you may want to take a multivitamin supplement. Ideally, it should include vitamin B, vitamin A, vitamin C, selenium, iron, and zinc. This is especially true for vegans and vegetarians as some vitamins (e.g. B-vitamins) are primarily found in animal foods.
As always, however, it’s best to talk with your doctor first before starting a supplement routine.
2. Take Care of Your Hair
Certain habits can cause hair loss. For example, your hair can become damaged if you shampoo too often. Generally speaking, you should be washing it every other day or every 2-3 days.
It also helps to limit your use of heated styling tools such as blow dryers, straightening irons, and curling irons; they can all lead to breakage and thinning hair.
Also, be careful when you’re brushing your hair. If you can, use a wide-tooth comb. The large spaces will prevent you from pulling or damaging strands. Not only that but they can also be used to brush wet, conditioned hair without breakage.
Avoid hairstyles that pull on your hair (e.g. tight buns, ponytails); they can cause a condition called traction alopecia.
3. Take Hair Loss Medications
There are over-the-counter medications that you can use for hair loss. For example, there’s Minoxidil, which is effective for treating androgenetic alopecia. It’s a topical solution that can help with hair regrowth if applied to the scalp twice a day for at least six months.
Keep in mind, however, that it’s not for everyone. For one thing, it’s not recommended if your hair loss is caused by chemotherapy, scarring of the scalp, medications, or thyroid disease. Also, it won’t help those who’ve already gone completely bald.
In cases like that, it may be better to use hair replacement systems.
Dealing With Hair Loss
As you can see, there are several ways to deal with hair loss—from taking multivitamins to taking proper care of your hair. When in doubt, talk to your doctor; they’ll be able to determine the best treatment for you.
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