If you’re experiencing a concerning amount of hair loss, you’re reading the wrong article. Depending on the cause of your condition and its stage of progression, you’ll need an individualised combination of hair loss treatments to stabilise and reverse the effects.
However, if you’re genuinely worried that hair loss is in your future – and chances are if you’re reading this you are – there are some simple tips that will help you in your daily life to maximise the quality and minimise the loss or your hair.
TIP: Eat foods for healthy hair
There is no single food that prevents hair loss, but good nutrition is essential for healthy hair growth and there are foods that can help to fight against the balding process. Stick to fresh fruit like bananas for potassium and biotin and oranges for vitamin C, green leafy vegetables for iron and cucumbers, peppers and bean sprouts for silica. Eggs and chicken are great suppliers of protein and lean red meat is your best source of iron.
TIP: Give up smoking
Hair loss is “significantly increased” in smokers according to research. It’s believed that the various toxins, chemicals and carcinogens have a damaging effect on keratins – the basic protein molecules that form the hair structure – by hindering circulation which cuts off the flow of blood to the follicles. As a result, hair becomes weak and brittle, hair growth begins to slow and the health of hair follicles and scalp tissues is heavily compromised.
TIP: Minimise alcohol intake
Alcohol is an enemy to your hair. It’s a diuretic which means it can dehydrate the body, making the hair dull, dry and brittle, and liable to breakage. Not only that, researchers says that alcohol affects nutrient levels and can cause a deficiency in zinc which could lead to hair loss.
TIP: Massage your scalp
Ok, so it may not singularly prevent hair loss but it feels pretty good and a scalp massage is just about one of the most relaxing things in the world. Whenever you’re feeling stressed, take time out to breathe and start massaging your temples in slow, slightly pressurised circular movements, moving all the way over your head. Guaranteed you’ll feel less stressed afterward, handy considering we all know stress accelerates hair loss.
TIP: Get enough consistent rest
The hair is very sensitive to changes within the body, and hair loss is nearly always the consequence of an internal disturbance. Alterations in sleeping patterns have been shown to affect the body’s immune function, hormone secretion, and physical and mental stamina, which can all wreak havoc on our tresses. Everyone’s needs are different but generally speaking you should try to get about eight hours sleep a night and try to go to bed and wake up at the same time as much as possible.
TIP: Don’t over-style
Excessive straightening, curling and dyeing can cause hair to become dry, brittle and susceptible to breakage – all of which damage the quality of your hair. Constant braiding or wearing hair in tightly-pulled styles can not only give you a headache but also result in bald patches. Traction alopecia is a common result of such styling and you may need professional advice about how to reverse the damage and learn how to manage your hair more effectively.
More Information: Contact the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666 or send an email. The UK’s leaders in hair loss prevention also provide a world-wide online hair loss diagnostic form if you’re concerned about thinning hair, hair loss or baldness.