Is it Possible to Stop Hair Loss?

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( — September 6, 2019) — As humans, we tie a lot of our beauty to our hair. If you have good hair, you’re generally viewed as being more attractive and confident. If you have bad hair, then it can work against you. Thus, it makes sense that so many people fear hair loss and premature balding.

What Causes Hair Loss and Balding?

Hair loss and balding happens in a variety of ways. It can develop as the result of gradual thinning on the top of the head; circular or patchy bald spots; sudden loosening of hair; or full-body hair loss. It can be the result of any number of causes – including family history, hormonal imbalances, medical conditions, medications and supplements, radiation therapy, stress, and specific hairstyles and treatments.

It’s normal for the average person to lose roughly 100 hairs a day. However, with new hair growth occurring simultaneously, it doesn’t usually have a noticeable effect. But when hair loss exceeds new hair growth, thinning and balding occur.

Research reveals that 35 million men and 21 million women suffer from hair loss. Beginning at the age of 35, 40 percent of men experience some degree of hair loss. By age 50, a whopping 70 percent of men find themselves at some stage of the balding process. While not usually as dramatic, 80 percent of women will experience some hair loss or thinning by the age of 60.

5 Ways to Slow Down and Prevent Hair Loss

While it’s not always possible to reverse hair loss, it can almost always be slowed down or prevented. Here are some practical steps you can take:

1. Improve Your Diet

Diet plays a key role in hair growth and hair loss. If your diet is poor, your nutrition levels will get out of whack and you’ll be more prone to premature balding.

According to a 2018 study, diets containing lots of raw vegetables and fresh herbs may reduce the risk of both female pattern baldness and male pattern baldness. Participants experienced the best results when they contained high amounts of parsley, basil, salad greens, and other similar foods at least three days per week. It’s also important to get lots of protein, vitamin A, vitamin D, and biotin.

2. Reduce Stress

Hair follicles have their own life cycle. It involves four distinct stages: growth, transition, resting, and falling out. Stress alters the number of hairs in the growth stage and instead shifts them to the resting, or telogen, stage.

“No one really understands the complex biology that determines the clockwork behind hair cycling,” dermatologist Dr. Julia Tzu admits. “What is known is that stressors do bend the clock and shift hairs towards the telogen phase.”

If you want to slow down or prevent hair loss, you must find ways to reduce chronic stress in your life. Regular exercise is a great step in the right direction.

3. Try LLLT

There are a number of treatments on the market for hair loss, though most of them require some sort of surgical procedure. Before going down this route – which can be complicated – you should try something called LLLT, or low-level light therapy. LLLT is often administered through a laser hair cap and works by improving cellular respiration and stimulating hair follicles. Treatments can be performed from home (or anywhere for that matter) and take just 30 minutes per day. Results can usually be expected within a few weeks.

4. Improve Your Hair Care Regimen

What does your current hair care regimen look like? Do you even have one?

Improving your hair care regimen could have a significantly positive impact on your situation. It’s highly recommended that you wash your hair just two or three times per week and to use products with fewer chemicals. This will protect and strengthen your hair.

5. Eliminate Bad Habits

Bad habits like smoking have to go. Excessive consumption of alcohol is also bad for your hair. Replacing these habits with healthier lifestyle choices will completely change your situation. In some cases, it could even reverse hair loss that’s already occurred.

Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Dealing with health issues in isolation is rarely the best method. You’ll find that your body is far more connected than you realize. Thus, it’s best to take a big picture approach. By making healthy lifestyle choices, you’ll discover that you’re not only less prone to premature hair loss and balding, but also other things – like chronic pain, joint stiffness, digestive issues, and high blood pressure. Start today and embrace the benefits!