Ways To Combat Hair Loss
Everyone experiences thinning hair as they grow older. This is more evident in men, perhaps partly because of their shorter hair styles. Because of the importance of appearance socially and in jobs, and the negative effect of balding on appearance, combating hair loss has become a major concern. A whole industry has built up to provide remedies for hair loss. This article will look at the experience of hair loss and some of its remedies.
There are a number of simple efforts you can take to combat hair loss. These prevent hair loss by avoiding stress on the scalp and the hair follicles. To begin with, avoid strenuous pulling on your hair with a brush or comb, as this can pull out hairs that do not return. Avoid hair styles such as a ponytail that pull hair tight, causing stress to the scalp, and resulting in hair loss. These are measures you should start early, not waiting till you begin to notice serious hair loss.
To help hair growth, massage oil into your scalp gently with your fingers. Do this at least once a week, even daily. This will keep your scalp healthy through improving circulation and hydration. Use an herbal shampoo with ingredients such as jojoba. Aloe Vera helps the scalp retain the right PH balance, important to healthy hair.
A healthy diet that provides all your nutritional needs will help you keep a full, healthy head of hair. This should include adequate protein, needed for hair growth. You can add vitamin and mineral supplements to ensure against gaps in what your diet provides. Plenty of calcium is also needed.
Use hair shampoos and rinses that leave your hair “squeaky clean.” A rinse of apple cider vinegar and water following your shampoo will give this cleanness to your hair, as well as valuable nutrients.
There are many shampoos on the market with varying additives to nourish healthy hair. These include herbs such as rosemary, nettle and burdock, and oils such as jojoba and olive oil. Try different products and see which one works best for you.
When extreme hair loss is occurring, leading toward baldness, consult a doctor for stronger remedies. There are prescription medications designed to prevent hair loss. They can help, but are not a complete cure. Some hair loss is inevitable, and generally is related to your genetic code. If your older relatives have grown bald, you probably will too. But you may be able to lessen it through the measures described here.
What are the prescription medications to prevent hair loss? The only two approved by the FDA are minoxidil and finasteride. They can slow hair loss, but not prevent it entirely. If you resort to medications, you should also practice the mitigating tactics described above. Keeping your scalp and hair healthy will help the medications be effective.
So you can see that there are measures you can take to prevent or delay hair loss as you grow older. A broad approach, using nutrients, massage and good daily care will work the best.