How to Prevent Hair Loss
February 20, 2019
The earlier you tackle hair loss, the better. Timely action can be the difference between fuller hair and acute hair loss, but you must read the warning signs first. If you suspect that you might at some point suffer from alopecia or are already experiencing it, not all is lost. There are ways to prevent hair loss or at least delay it. With the right diagnose, hair loss products, and hair care routine, you can save yourself much worry – and some hair! This is how to identify warning signs and how to prevent hair loss.
Not All Types of Hair Loss Are PreventablePrevention involves stopping something from happening altogether, and frankly speaking, not all types of hair loss can be fully prevented. The difference is when and how you care for your hair to keep the hair loss from getting more serious. In this sense, there is no unique, surefire way that clearly dictates how to prevent hair loss.
Think of androgenetic alopecia (male/female pattern baldness): this form of hair loss is genetically determined, so it will ensue at some point and it cannot be stopped. This does not mean that everyone with a bald parent will develop hereditary alopecia, but they certainly are at a higher risk. Hereditary hair loss involves the progressive miniaturization of the hair follicle (the follicle weakens and produces hair that is thinner and thinner until it no longer grows). Said process cannot be stopped, it can only be delayed.
When it comes to telogen effluvium (temporary hair loss), it might ensue as a consequence of hormonal problems like PCOS, which cannot be prevented as such. However, obese, insulin-resistant women are at higher risk of developing PCOS; thus, avoiding or controlling obesity and insulin resistance can tackle the problem at the root and avoid hair loss, which is only one of the several consequences it brings.
Thyroid issues are another hormonal cause of hair loss. Females are naturally more prone to thyroid problems, as well as people with immune diseases. It is not possible to prevent thyroid-related hair loss without preventing thyroid disease, which can be difficult. Actually, thyroid problems tend to go undetected until more aggressive symptoms appear.
Hormonal shifts that happen during menopause or after childbirth are not preventable; therefore, it is impossible to predict if they will indeed cause hair loss. Once hormone-induced hair loss ensues, it is a matter of taking care of the body as well as possible to shorten the hair loss effluvium.
Stress in and of itself does not cause hair loss, but it unleashes hormonal shifts that can end up disrupting the growth cycle and triggering hair loss. Balancing your emotions is a good way to keep the effects of stress away, including the risk of hair loss. Physical stress from extreme shock to the body (an accident, a long illness, dramatic weight changes) can also be managed in such a way that won't get to a critical point and manifest hair loss.
Considerable nutritional deficiencies can cause hair loss too, so keeping a healthy diet should help avoid episodes of hair loss.
There Is One Totally Preventable Form of Hair LossTraction alopecia is caused by hairstyles and routines that tug and pull at the hair, causing the hair follicle to become weaker and accelerating hair loss, especially at the frail hairs in the hairline. Tight braids, ponytails, cornrows and harsh hair accessories like hair bands with metal pieces can increase the risk of traction alopecia. Likewise, over-treating hair with chemicals (perms, bleaching, and coloring, for instance), can lead to progressive hair breakage and hair loss.
Can Anything Be Done to Prevent Hair Loss?Despite the fact that hair loss often appears unexpectedly, you can take a few steps to care for your hair and avoid reaching a point where hair loss could ensue after an illness, or relieve it once it has set in. Hereditary hair loss won't disappear, but at least you can delay follicle miniaturization, maximize the length of your hair growth cycle, and retain hair for longer. Here is some advice on how to prevent hair loss:
• Get checked.
If you are experiencing hair loss, it's either hereditary or a sign that something isn't working quite right in your body. This is the most important piece of advice to follow because it will define what to do about your hair thinning, and how to do it. Consult your doctor immediately and describe carefully every detail you can say about your hair loss: when it started, the time leading up to it, other symptoms, etc.
• Remain calm.
We know that seeing your hair fall out in clumps can be distressing. However, extreme stress and anxiety won't do you a favor, but rather throw you into a downward spiral of emotional upset and more hair loss. Find a way to release tension and accept and love yourself as you are while you try to tackle your hair loss. There are many hair loss solutions you can apply: extensions, hair accessories, keratin fibers, hair transplants… choose the one that best suits your needs.
• Watch your overall health.
Whether your hair loss is hereditary or has underlying medical causes, leading a healthy lifestyle won't hurt. Watch your weight and test your cholesterol, insulin, and hormone levels periodically. Avoid crash diets and exercise regularly, get enough sleep and leisure time. Remember that a seemingly unimportant thing like losing sleep or having disorganized eating habits might spark harmful changes in your body.
• Eat a balanced diet.
As you have learned, deficiencies in nutrients like iron, zinc, vitamin C, or vitamin B can cause hair to be brittle, prone to breakage and shedding. Make sure you get all the nutrients you need from the right foods (read our blog post "What Is Good for Hair Growth"), and if necessary, get supplementation with your doctor's advice. Protein is also important for tissue growth, so make sure you include egg yolks, chicken and beef in your diet. Last but not least, drink plenty of water! Always remember: the state of your health reflects on your hair.
• Use the right hair loss treatment.
Topical treatments for hair growth like Rogaine and Minoxidil bear results. The bad thing is, once started, hair growth will stop if you stop using them. Other hair loss solutions focus on strengthening the hair that remains and nourishing the hair follicles. Shampoo and conditioner without sulfates or parabens will preserve delicate thinning hair. Styling products such as serums or oils condition it deeply while respecting its natural balance and not worsening the hair loss condition.
Some people advocate for laser units, which use laser light to reach the hair follicle and stimulate it, delaying and stopping miniaturization and thickening hair progressively to get a fuller appearance.
• Follow a healthy hair care routine.
No harsh brushing, no terry cloth towel-drying, no heat tool excess, no harsh shampoos and conditioners, no over-handling, no over-styling, and your hair will remain healthy. You'll keep your hair from fraying, split ends, dryness, dandruff, and thinning. Treat your hair as the delicate thing it is, whether you're suffering from hair loss or not.
Dealing with and learning how to prevent hair loss is not impossible, you have choices. Just make sure you love yourself throughout the journey and treat your hair with utmost care; Tag.Site name is here to help with that. We have the best line of professional hair loss solutions to improve the condition of thin, frail hair and prevent further damage. To learn more about us, call TOLL FREE 1-888-513-8815 or fill out the contact form you will find on this website. Subscribe to our newsletter for the latest news about us right in your inbox.
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