Hair Loss Tips
Hair loss is a very common problem that can have a dramatic impact on a person’s confidence and self-esteem. If you are struggling with hair loss, it is likely that you understand just how painful and frustrating it can be. The good news is that there are steps you can take to help keep your hair. Read this article carefully, learn about the best available hair loss treatments, and apply them.
Reduce stress and anxiety levels. Stress can have a profoundly negative effect on your health and well-being. Periods of high stress have been shown to cause rapid, diffuse hair shedding. To keep your hair as healthy as possible, you need to learn to deal with stress in a healthy and positive way. Take relaxing baths, listen to soothing music, spend time with friends, go for walks, meditate or practice yoga and controlled breathing exercises.
Eat a healthy, balanced diet. People who embark on overly restrictive diets will very often lose hair. Your hair needs adequate calories, protein, vitamins, and nutrients in order to stay healthy and strong. If you want to lose weight, reduce the amount of daily calories that you consume very gradually and up your consumption of protein.
If your hair loss is related to hereditary male pattern baldness, leading a stress-free life and eating a perfect diet will not allow you to keep your hair. There are currently two medications that have been proven to treat male pattern baldness according to the FDA. The most effective, Finasteride, is an oral medication that needs to be taken daily. It stops hair loss and encourages hair regrowth by reducing scalp levels of the hormone DHT. Finasteride must be taken continuously for the rest of your life in order to maintain its effectiveness.
Once you stop taking it, your hair loss progression will eventually continue. The other proven to be effective treatment for genetic male pattern baldness is Minoxidil. Minoxidil, which you may have heard of under the trademarked brand name Rogaine, is a topical medication that needs to be applied twice per day to the areas of your scalp affected by hair loss. Although neither Finasteride or Minoxidil typically work miracles when it comes to regrowing hair, they can be very effective at maintaining your current hair count and slowing the progression of your specific hair loss pattern. Some people are good responders and do grow significant amounts of new hairs while on these medications, so you just might get lucky.
Visit your doctor and get a blood test to determine if your thyroid is functioning properly. Millions of people across the world have overactive or under-active thyroid glands and do not even know it. Thyroid disorders, such as Graves or Hashimoto’s disease, will cause large amounts of diffuse hair loss. If you notice hair thinning on your eyebrows there is a good chance that you may have a thyroid disorder. The good news is that once you fix your thyroid problem, which can take some time, your hair loss will stop. In most cases your hair will eventually grow back.
Hair loss is no fun at all. Use the knowledge you’ve learned from this article to keep your hair. Good luck!