Hair loss can be disconcerting for both men and women. Usually, hair loss is related to genetics, but it can be caused by stress, disease and hormones. Many people learn to live with it, but others try various remedies, such as Propecia, minoxidil and hair transplants. While hair loss is upsetting, there are things that can be done about it.
A scalp massage can be a great, natural, way to combat hair loss. You don’t need a professional to do it either! Use a bit of argan or coconut oil on your finger tips and rub your head in circular motions before you shampoo while in the shower each night.
Make sure to brush or comb every day. This is of course normal to do in regards to being well groomed, however, by brushing every day you will stimulate blood flow to the hair follicles. With the increased blood flow you can expect cells in your scalp to be more active and thereby increase hair growth.
Lack of iron in your system can bring about hair loss. Iron is an essential nutrient for your hair and increasing your intake can slow the loss of hair. Green vegetables carry lots of iron and, though it may be hard for some to do, taking a couple of teaspoons full of black strap molasses can increase your iron intake. If the taste is not for you consider mixing it in your coffee.
If you’re thinking about purchasing a minoxidil product to assist in the re-growth of hair, aim for a generic brand. Generic brands will still give you the strong 5% minoxidil solution and the product will cost a lot less money. Never pay for the brand name. You’re paying too much money for the same results.
To prevent hair loss, work with what you have. Instead of fighting cowlicks, forcing your hair to part unnaturally or spending hours with hot curling irons or straighteners, see what you can do with it, flaws and all, naturally. Constant styling, brushing, combing, pinning and pulling of the hair weakens it, causes breakage and eventual loss.
Avoid the use of harsh shampoos if you are trying to save your hair. They can be incredibly drying and make the hair shaft rough and difficult to comb or brush. Use a shampoo formulated for babies or children for the gentlest cleansing and condition well after shampooing. If you use sticky styling products, brush your hair well before shampooing to remove as much of the product as possible and use a gentle clarifying shampoo occasionally to remove build-up.
One of the best ways to prevent hair loss is to prevent your hair from tangling, so it’s best that you use a very soft pillow when you’re sleeping. Make sure you purchase a pillow case that’s smooth. Think satin or silk here. Also, never go to sleep with wet hair. This will cause massive tangling.
Excessive stress can cause hair loss in men and women. Stress can be emotional, such as from the loss of a family member. Or, it can be physical, such as from an injury. If stress is a cause of hair loss, try to learn coping skills and try to cut down on work and lifestyle stress.
Relax. In cases of sudden or severe hair loss, stress is often the primary culprit. Take some time to relax and try not to worry as much. Relaxation techniques such as yoga, deep breathing exercises, and meditation can be very beneficial. Once your nerves have calmed, your hair can begin to recover.
To use lifestyle factors to prevent hair loss, avoid overusing certain unhealthy substances. Namely, eating too much salt, drinking too much alcohol and using too much of any tobacco product can all contribute to causing hair loss. Don’t overindulge, and your chances of keeping a full, healthy head of hair will go up.
Some men embrace their baldness, even going so far as to shave off the rest of their hair. But others are not so happy about their hair loss and seek ways to deal with it. There is no definitive cure for hair loss, but there are some medications, both oral and topical, that can help the situation.