Hair loss is common amongst most men, so don’t worry if you are starting to notice a few follicles going missing here or there. In fact, according to science, we lose around 100 strands of hair a day. Thankfully, hair also grows back again, so don’t worry about getting the sticky tape out and trying to put the strands back in place. While you could opt for hair transplant procedures if you are particularly worried about thinning hair or baldness, there are ways to reduce your hair loss. Here are just a few of them.
Keep your hair clean
Keeping your hair and scalp clean is one way of preventing hair loss. However, you should always use a mild shampoo as anything with too many chemicals can damage your hair at the roots. Alternatively, use a natural shampoo that is free of damaging substances.
Vitamins are great for your health, overall, but they are also great for your hair. If you aren’t getting the right vitamins from your food (you really do need to eat more greens), take supplements instead. Vitamin A repairs the hair and keeps the scalp moist; vitamin E is an antioxidant that can repair repeated hair damage, and vitamin B aids hair growth.
Don’t brush wet hair
The inclination is to brush or comb our hair after getting under the shower, but this is a mistake. Your hair is at it’s weakest state when it is wet, so let your hair dry naturally before brushing through your locks. If you don’t have time to let your hair dry, then use a wide-toothed comb which will inflict less damage. On another note, be careful with your use of the hair dryer. Heat can also weaken your hair, so only use the dryer when necessary.
Be careful with styling
Certain styles of hair, such as ponytails and braids, can pull at your hair follicles, damaging them, and eventually causing baldness. Therefore, take care of your hair, and avoid any unnecessary pulling, even when you need to tie your hair back.
Use green tea
Green tea has many health properties, and studies have also shown that it is a great solution to hair loss. Allow the tea to cool, then apply it your hair. Let the powerful antioxidants go to work, and then rinse thoroughly. Continue this practice every day for a week, and you will begin to see the results. Not only does green tea stimulate hair growth, but it can reduce scalp problems such as dandruff, as well.
Give up bad habits
If you ever needed another excuse to cut down on alcohol and give up smoking, here it is. Alcohol raises the level of estrogen in the body and reduces zinc, both factors which lead to hair loss. Smoking has been scientifically proven to cause premature baldness in men, due to the chemicals in the nicotine impairing the blood flow to the scalp. Of course, your health will improve overall if you cut down on both these bad habits, so see your doctor if addiction is an issue.
We lose hair with age, particularly those of us who have a genetic disposition to hair loss. While we can’t freeze time, it is possible to keep our hair for longer using the advice given above.
Last resort, you can always do what I did, shave it. lol