Male Pattern Baldness is generally unavoidable because it is caused by a genetic condition. There are, however, several lifestyle measures that can be taken to try and maintain the standard of health required for natural hair growth.
Here are the top three tips for ensuring the best possible conditions for your scalp and hair health:
1. Get your diet in check
According to the old saying, “you are what you eat”. Human hair is reliant on a steady flow of vitamins and minerals that are delivered to the scalp and hair follicles ready for new growth. If your body does not receive the correct levels of these nutrients, hair growth is impaired. For men who are at risk of losing their hair, a poor diet could actually increase the rate of loss, or prevent new hair growing normally.
It is therefore essential that your diet contains plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as plenty of protein, because hair is made from keratin, itself a type of protein. If in any doubt, you may also benefit from taking some form of multi-vitamin dietary supplement that provides the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of each mineral.
2. Stay off the stimulants
Smoking is bad for almost every aspect of your health, including normal hair growth. The nicotine in cigarettes narrows your blood vessels, restricting flow to your cells – this also prevents crucial nutrients being delivered to your scalp. Worse still, the carbon monoxide contained in cigarette smoke affects your blood, again limiting the flow of oxygen, vitamins and minerals to hair follicles. These nutrients provide the building blocks for new hair growth – without them, hair growth is limited.
Users of recreational drugs may face similar problems. Marijuana smokers will face all of the same issues as cigarette smokers for instance. Cocaine users also experience hair loss issues on occasions, due in part to the effects the drug has on their diet. Stimulants are known to suppress the appetite, reducing the likelihood of users getting the vital vitamins and minerals required for hair regrowth.
3. Reduce your stress levels
There is some evidence that stress can cause certain hair loss conditions, or worsen existing ones. Stress can affect hormone levels that govern various cell growth mechanisms for instance, affecting hair growth in the process.
Situations that affect your normal patterns of eating and sleeping will have a detrimental effect on many aspects of your health and should be avoided wherever possible. By getting plenty of regular sleep, your body will be better able to cope with stressful situations when they occur. In turn, your body will also have reserves of energy and nutrients to maintain normal hair health.
It’s important to be aware that no lifestyle adjustment can guarantee protection against hair loss, or reverse a hair loss condition that has already become apparent. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will, however, help provide the conditions you need to maintain a healthy head of hair as far as genetically possible.
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our online diagnostic form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our hair loss success stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 0800 077 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.