Are you just beginning to see signs of hair loss? If you want to keep your hair, it’s important to get an early jump on the problem. The longer you wait, the longer DHT continues to ravage your follicles and force them into an early retirement. If you still have some hair, it’s much easier to grow it back because your follicles are still repairable. If you’re just in the early stages of hair loss, then take care of the problem before it becomes a bigger problem.
To combat hair loss in a way that makes sense scientifically and for your lifestyle, you must get informed. Do not leave all the information-having to your doctor or anyone else. You are unique and your lifestyle is going to influence the kinds of treatments that you will want to try. This article focuses primarily on early prevention methods that are largely holistic.
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Early prevention tactics
Not every tactic will work for everyone. Read through the following list and see if you are a candidate for these strategies. Pay particular attention to the ones that are easy to implement and apply to your unique situation. Remember, no two men are alike. Be careful of conflicting advice and view all tactics through your own personal filter.
Fix your diet
Cut out the fast food and the junk. Our modern world leaves us vulnerable micronutrient deficiencies. You cannot get away with the same diet you had when you were younger. Your hair follicles are metabolically active—do not deprive them of the building blocks they need to keep your hair.
Make sure most of your calories are coming from fresh whole foods. Look for foods rich in zinc, biotin, and vitamins A and C. Fresh vegetables and fruits should be consumed daily along with healthy sources of protein. A well-balanced diet should be on everyone’s personal plan. And if you’re not getting what you need from your diet, use supplements to help with weak spots. Cleaning up your diet before your hair loss becomes noticeable will give you the edge in keeping your hair.
Once you are bald, supplements are not going to be effective. This is why you need to look at a great supplement plan early. There are supplements that can prevent unnecessary hair loss by blocking the formation of dihydrotestosterone (DHT.) Here’s an article on 10 ingredients you’ll want to look for.
Supplements such as biotin can also increase the quality of the hair you currently have. They may make it more resistant to damage caused by over-styling or lifestyle factors. These products can be an integral part of your personal prevention plan.
These are surprisingly effective when started before you lose all of your hair, but can help at any stage of hair loss. A topical agent is applied directly to the scalp in the form of an oil, a foam, or a liquid. Some are all natural and some are pharmaceutical, but since holistic methods have no side affects, let’s focus on those. There are many essential oils that are great as topicals, such as lavender, rosemary, and peppermint, all of which have studies backing up their success.
In the case of Rosemary, it has proved just as effective as Minoxidil, an FDA-approved medication that unfortunately comes with a few unsavory side affects. These oils can be mixed with a carrier oil such as jojoba, which assists by repairing the scalp in a number of ways and providing hair-helping antioxidants. The oil is typically left on the hair overnight and then washed away with shampoo.
Fix your stress
Stress comes in many forms. We all recognize that death, break-ups, and job-loss are stressful, but we should also consider the stress that sneaks its way into our lives virtually unnoticed. Most developed cultures move at pace that manifests itself as stress without our even being aware of it.
At the first sign of hair loss you need to reduce the stressors in your life. Do not let this silent hair killer get the upper hand. Take time in your day to meditate, call a friend, or even just take a quick walk around the block when you need it. Reducing stress once you’re bald may make you feel better, but it won’t grow your hair back.
Fix your environment
Your environment isn’t always good for your hairline. You need to consider your own micro-environment before your hair loss progresses to the point where small changes will not be as beneficial. Sometimes we overlook the little things that are right in front of us. For example, maybe you’re a swimmer. It keeps you healthy and reduces stress. All good things, but it exposes you to large amounts of chlorine. Without a good strategy to counteract the effects of the chlorine with a proper shampoo, your hairline can suffer.
Do not allow environmental problems to build up while your hair loss is in its initial stages. Take positive action now to eliminate negative elements and be proactive in including positive elements. For example, you might invest in a filter for your showerhead if you know that you have tap water that is laden with chemicals that damage your hair and scalp.
Low level laser therapy (LLLT) is clinically proven to help you regrow hair. When doing your research, pay attention to the quality of the laser, as some products put useless LED lights into the mix.
Before you invest in a device, make sure the treatment is easy and convenient to use. LLLT can fit into a variety of personal hair loss plans if implemented early. Do not wait until your hair loss is noticeable. You’re reading this article for a reason, you already see some signs of hair loss. Laser treatment works best early on, when hair follicles are most receptive to stimulus. It is much easier to prevent hair follicles from going dormant than it is to reactivate them. Getting laser treatment into your plan will improve the hair you still have while encouraging regrowth of the hair you’ve already lost.
Take action early for best results
When it comes to keeping your hair, you must start early. We’ve listed many treatment options to get you started but the responsibility lies with you. Living in denial or getting more creative with the comb will not solve the problem. There are small things that you can do daily that will have a huge impact on the quality of your hair retention. Do not be like most men who wait and hope for a solution to come along. Get busy and come up with a treatment plan that works for you.