Hair loss is an increasing problem in both men and women. Before thinning hair or baldness become so severe that hair transplant is the only answer, it is best to take action to stem hair loss. Both men and women suffer from thinning hair and this may due to a variety of reasons including vitamin deficiency, hormonal changes, stress, certain hairstyles, heredity or even shock.
Can you actually prevent hair loss?
Many kinds of hair loss are preventable. Among these are:
- Nutritional deficiency – continuously dieting can result in poor nutrition leading to vitamin and iron deficiency. If you eat good, nutritious, low calorie food, you can stem hair loss. Iron and vitamin deficiency can also be treated by appropriate supplements.
- Hormonal problems – during pregnancy and childbirth or menopause, women suffer from hair loss. This may be temporary if the level of hormones goes up later. Menopausal women need to take care and make sure they don’t have other factors that contribute to hair loss. Getting your thyroid levels tested and treated in case you have low levels can help reduce hair loss.
- Hair styles – hairdos that pull your hair like tight pony tails, braids, cornrows, dreadlocks contribute to hair loss. Keeping your hair loose, clean, nourished and conditioned can decrease this kind of hair loss.
- Using some products – certain hair care products contribute to hair loss. These can include stiff hair sprays, strong hair dyes, perms that make the hair brittle and cause it to break. Over processing of hair like hair drying on high heat or hot hair curlers or straightening wands can also lead to hair loss. Over time the hair does not grow back.
- Chemotherapy, radiotherapy and other medicines – these result in temporary hair loss; usually hair grows back once the treatment is over, though it can take up to six months.
- Auto-immune diseases – any kind of auto-immune disorder can result in hair loss. If you have been diagnosed with this and you suffer hair loss, then local steroid injections can help stem hair loss.
- Stress – keep stress at bay by adopting some relaxing activities, exercising, mediating or simply some hobbies. Having balance in your life keeps you healthy and reduces hair loss.
You have already suffered from hair loss, now what?
If you have already lost a lot of hair, have bald patches or thinning hair, you can try the newer medications for hair loss. While hair weaving is a temporary solution, it can actually lead to more hair loss as the hair has to be anchored to your existing hair. Apart from repeatedly having this done as the hair grows out, the pulling can lead to more problems.
Rogaine (minoxidil), finasteride and dutasteride (for men) applied locally may help with fresh hair growth. This works as long as you keep applying the products; once you stop, the hair will fall out again. You should check with your medical practitioner or dermatologist as to which product is right for you and in what strength for best results.
Hair transplants are the last resort. Fortunately, with newer methods of hair transplant, the process is quicker and less painful and gives excellent results. In one sitting or many (if you have a lot of hair loss) you can undergo hair transplant surgery and have a full head of hair. This hair will be permanent and grow and feel as normal hair, since it will be your own hair that is transplanted.
Once you have undergone hair transplant surgery, and your hair grows back, do keep in mind the hair loss prevention tips so that you keep your full head of hair.
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