Hair loss can be a frustrating and distressing experience for both men and women. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, hormonal changes, medical conditions, and certain hairstyles or treatments.
Before you can effectively combat hair loss, it’s important to identify the underlying cause. There are many potential causes of hair loss, such as genetics, hormonal changes, medical conditions, stress, and certain hairstyles.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent hair loss and promote healthy hair growth.
Maintain a healthy diet: Eating a diet rich in vitamins and minerals is essential for maintaining healthy hair. Foods that are high in protein, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, eggs, and leafy greens, can help promote hair growth. Avoiding crash diets or restrictive eating plans can also help prevent hair loss. Crash diets can lead to nutrient deficiencies that can cause hair loss.
Avoid hairstyles that pull on the hair: Certain hairstyles, such as tight ponytails, braids, and cornrows, can cause traction alopecia. This is a type of hair loss caused by constant tension on the hair roots. To combat this type of hair loss, try to avoid hairstyles that pull on the hair and opt for more gentle hairstyles.
Limit heat styling: Heat styling tools, such as flat irons and curling irons, can damage the hair and lead to hair loss. To prevent this, try to limit your use of heat styling tools and use them on the lowest heat setting possible. When using heat styling tools, it’s also a good idea to use a heat protectant spray to help minimize damage.
Avoid chemical treatments: Certain chemical treatments, such as hair dyes and relaxers, can damage the hair and lead to hair loss. Limit your use of chemical treatments and opt for natural hair care products instead.
Get enough sleep: Sleep is essential for overall health, and it can also have a big impact on hair health. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body produces more of the stress hormone cortisol, which can lead to hair loss.
Exercise regularly: Exercise is not only good for your overall health, but it can also help promote healthy hair growth. Regular exercise can increase blood flow to the scalp, which can help provide the hair with the nutrients it needs to grow.
Manage stress: Stress can cause hair loss by altering the normal hair growth cycle. Find ways to manage stress, such as practicing relaxation techniques, such as yoga or meditation.
Use gentle hair care products: Using harsh shampoos, conditioners, and hair styling products can damage the hair and lead to hair loss. Try to use gentle, sulfate-free hair care products that are specifically formulated for your hair type.
Consult with a professional: If you are experiencing excessive hair loss or hair thinning, it is always a good idea to consult with a dermatologist or trichologist. They can help you identify the cause of your hair loss and recommend appropriate treatment options, such as medication or hair transplant surgery.
Hair loss and thinning is a natural process that occurs as we age, and some degree is considered normal. However, if you are experiencing excessive hair loss or thinning, it is always a good idea to consult with a dermatologist or trichologist to determine the cause and recommend appropriate treatment options.
About The Author
Dr. Coco is a highly-educated and well-qualified primary care physician who graduated from the University of the Philippines Baguio with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center. She completed her three-year residency training in Family Medicine at Brokenshire Medical Center. She passed her diplomate exams in Family Medicine, given by the Philippine Academy of Family Physicians in 2018.
Dr. Coco is dedicated to providing comprehensive and holistic care for her patients. She is a primary care physician who believes in delivering continuing comprehensive health care for all. To her, patients are not just a number as she takes time to analyse how she can improve their overall health every chance they can get.