Prevent Hair Loss
Although thick hair signifies youthfulness and good health, there are many issues that can trigger hair loss, including stress, poor nutrition, and genetics, among others. Even so, there are many things that can be done to prevent it.
Massage the Scalp with Almond Oil
Almond oil is rich in proteins, vitamins D and E, zinc, monounsaturated fatty acids, and minerals that boost hair growth. The magnesium and calcium moisturize the hair, thereby preventing drying and breakage. Massaging the scalp regularly with almond oil also improves blood circulation and stimulates the hair follicles.
Wash your Hair Often to Prevent Infection
Wet hair is fragile, and combing it immediately after washing can lead to hair loss. Combing it pulls the roots excessively, thereby increasing the chances of breakage. Before wetting your hair, detangle it with a comb.
While many hair loss triggers are related to your genes, stress is also a factor of concern in men. Excessive emotional and physical stress can lead to either telogen effluvium or alopecia areata.
- Telogen effluvium: This is a less severe type that causes the hair to lie dormant and stop growing and shedding 2-3 months later. It then grows back in 6-9 months.
- Alopecia areata: This stress-induced hair loss involves the attack of hair follicles by white blood cells, causing the hair to fall off within weeks. It can grow back naturally but may require treatment.
It will help to have a comprehensive stress management plan. If you are concerned that stress could be the primary trigger of your hair loss, look for effective coping techniques.
Drink Less Alcohol
When taken in large amounts, alcohol can cause the malabsorption of nutrients such as protein and zinc. Furthermore, people who drink too much often do not eat a balanced diet either.
Malnutrition can then trigger hair loss. For a healthy scalp and fuller hair, you will need enough carbohydrates, minerals, fats, vitamins, and proteins. Note that excessive drinking is often to blame for low levels of magnesium and potassium. In that case, your body finds it hard to sustain healthy functions such as hair growth. Other ways alcohol is linked to hair loss are as follows:
- Dehydration: Heavy drinking damages the health of your hair. Dehydration causes the hair follicles to become dry and brittle
- Sleep disruption: Poor sleep increases stress levels which then lead to hair loss
- Change in estrogen levels: Increased estrogen levels can halt hair growth and promote its loss
Also, avoid smoking. Cigarettes reduce blood flow to the scalp and can, in turn, cause reduced hair growth.
Wash Your Hair Regularly
Washing your hair regularly keeps your scalp clean and free of dandruff. A clean scalp lowers the risk of infections that could cause the hair to break. More so, a clean scalp gives the impression of hair volume.
Allow your Hair to Dry Naturally
Your hair is at its weakest when wet. Do not brush it in that state and avoid drying it with towels. If you have long hair and must brush, use a wide-toothed comb. Instead of rubbing it dry, allow it to dry naturally.
Physical activity such as biking, swimming, or walking for about 30 minutes each day can balance the levels of your hormones. Not only does this reduce stress levels, but it also minimizes hair loss. Even minimal exercise can increase blood flow to the scalp and promote the growth of healthy hair.
The state of your scalp determines the shape, thickness, and growth of your hair. When healthy, it gives your hair a better look. It is also responsible for keeping your hair follicles and the strands healthy, thereby preventing hair loss and encouraging growth. Keeping your scalp healthy and observing these tips can help you to maintain strong hair. However, if you find that the above techniques aren’t having the desired effect, speak with a doctor as they may be able to prescribe medication to combat more severe hair loss.