Many books have been written on hair growth and hair loss. Why we can lose hair. Lotions and potions to grow hair back. So, here are a few truths about hair loss. Also, common ways we can tackle hair loss dependent on the overriding cause in the first place.
By the time men reach the age of 35 around 66 per cent have lost a significant amount of their hair over the top of their head. This rises to 85 per cent by the age of 55.
Genetic hair loss, androgenic alopecia, male pattern baldness. Three phrases to discuss the same hair loss condition. Affects the majority of men over their lifetime. The extent or pattern of the hair loss is dictated largely due to the hereditary makeup. Of your maternal or paternal family members.
Some of us don´t care. Even embrace hair loss. Or, if not embrace basically just don´t care. Shave off the remaining hair. For many though, hair loss is distressing. Young or old, regardless of genre or social status. Hair loss can be stressful and affect an individual´s self-confidence.
Are there ways to fight hair loss?
For androgenic hair loss, there is no cure yet. But, you can look after your hair. Keep it healthy and strong. Medicate our hair to stimulate healthy hair growth. It is possible to reduce the excess shedding of the hair and maintain a balance. Which can sustain your hair growth for a long time.
The active ingredient in a hair loss treatment is called minoxidil, it has been shown to stabilise hair growth and stimulate stronger hair growth. Initially used for reducing blood pressure it was found to promote hair growth on the body.
Used topically in lotion or foam form for the best results apply twice a day, morning and evening for a period of twelve months before reducing the application. It was the first FDA approved treatment for male and female pattern hair loss and comes in different strengths depending on the gender.
For many, the decision to use finasteride comes down to maybe keeping their hair but suffering some unfortunate sexual side effects as a man. Only to be used by men and depending on the form the tablet should not be touched by women.
Finasteride works by reducing the production of DHT by as much as 60 percent, and while the treatment doesn’t work for everyone, stats show that about a third of men regrow some of their hair, another third don’t lose any more hair.
With any medical treatment, professional consultation should be undertaken before starting the treatment and a full understanding of any side effects understood and explained.
Unless you happen to be extremely fortunate we all have a degree of stress in our lives. The everyday stress we cope with more often than not without giving it a thought but traumas and events can induce high levels of stress.
Stress causes our body to release an increased amount of cortisol from the adrenals, also known to promote diseases like diabetes, and heart disease. If you are genetically disposed to hair loss this can act as a trigger.
Meditation is a way to help reduce stress levels as is exercise, within reason and not overdoing it.
Known better as a dandruff shampoo Ketaconazole shampoo, but there’s clinical evidence that it can also act as an anti-androgen and block the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is considered the to trigger the male pattern baldness gene.
Found in two different percentage strengths and one only available on prescription it can be strong and irritate the scalp if used too frequently. Initial use can be every other day and over time reduce the use.
A study published in the British Journal of Dermatology found that vitamin D is important for hair growth. Individuals suffering from the hair loss condition alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease were three times more likely to be D deficient, meaning a D deficiency is very likely a causative factor in hair loss.
Vitamin B is also known as an aid to healthy hair growth. Specifically, B7 helps thicken hair, and B5 supports adrenal health.
Eat the right foods
Bad hair days can often be contributed to burning the candle at both ends, not eating well and being on the go. Some good hair foods are:
Antioxidant foods, like blueberries, artichokes, and cranberries
Selenium-rich foods, like Brazil nuts and yellowfin tuna
Dark leafy greens, such as kale, spinach, and broccoli
Iron-dense proteins, like beef and lamb
Mineral-rich foods, like beef liver, nuts, and eggs
Lean, anti-inflammatory protein, such as wild salmon
Zinc-rich foods, like oysters, pumpkin seeds and chickpeas