Most hair loss occurrences stem from genetic influences. However, there are some preventive methods that can be used to delay this process or even prevent it from occurring (if you are not genetically inclined).
5 key ways to delay or prevent hair loss
1. Modifying your diet can prevent hair loss
A healthy diet is undoubtedly the first step towards healthy hair and to fight hair loss. Hair is made up of protein and reducing those amounts was found to contribute to hair thinning. Additionally certain minerals or vitamins are also quite important to the hair follicles. Examples are vitamin B, or Biotin. Eating more lean meats, vegetables and fruits will ensure that the follicles are getting all the nutrients that they need in the right amounts.
2. Ensure you don’t have underlying illnesses
Hair loss can be one of the first symptoms in many illnesses, for example diabetes. However, before getting to that stage, it is important to maintain regular physicals with your doctor. Often these physicals can catch any anomalies before the condition develops and gets serious. Getting preventive treatments will delay or stop any potential hair loss.
3. Eliminate stress
Physical and emotional stress were found to be triggers for hair loss. While physical stress such as an accident is harder to eliminate, emotional stress can be managed through various types of relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, finding a hobby, or other physical activities that can relax the mind. Alternatively some levels of stress might need professional help from therapists or other form of support groups. Resolving this is a big step to prevent hair loss issues.
4. Change grooming habits
Hair grooming habits and routines can have a major impact on the onset of hair loss. Persistent chemical treatments can damage the hair follicles which can be an irreversible effect, leading to hair loss. On the other hand, aggressive combing or constant use of heat contribute to breakage which can lead to hair thinning and eventually temporary hair loss. Adopting the right habit can have a significant impact in the long run.
5. Exercising more
Exercising has a general positive impact on health, but it can also help the hair follicles by improving the overall blood circulation. Improved circulation delivers the essential nutrients more efficiently to the body cells. Although androgenetic alopecia (also known as male or female pattern baldness) cannot be prevented, most conditions can improve with regular exercise.