For some of us, our hair is a defining part of our look and character.
Had to rush out of the house in the morning without having time to style your locks exactly as you like them?
Feel lousy because you’re having a dreaded bad hair day no matter how you try to fix it? Either of these (and other) situations can leave you frustrated and not quite yourself.
But now imagine how you would feel if your hair started to thin — or fall out altogether.
Hair loss is a very real problem for millions of men across the globe.
But while genetics play a key role, you can take certain steps to potentially reduce your risk of baldness.
Below, we take a look at some expert hair loss tips for men, to help you keep yours in good condition for years to come.
Manage Your Stress
Sadly, three out of four British adults have felt so stressed they worried they might struggle to cope.
Stress is bad for the mind and body in lots of ways. One common side effect of extreme stress is hair loss.
This is because stress has the power to increase your testosterone levels, which may lead your hair to start falling out.
Your hair loss could be minor or major, but either way, if you notice your hair beginning to shed during times of high stress, you need to find ways to manage this more effectively.
That’s easier said than done, of course, but there are a few things you can try to help reduce the impact stress has on you:
- Get more exercise: this releases endorphins, the body’s own painkillers, which can lift your mood
- Address issues contributing to stress, whether that means speaking to an employer, asking for help with childcare, working with a debt-management expert or anything else that could improve your situation
- Be honest and open with someone: talk to a friend, relative, colleague or therapist about how you feel — this can make handling stress a little bit easier
Keep Your Diet Healthy and Varied
Leading a busy life makes finding the time to eat well difficult, or, at least, makes fast-fix food much more appealing.
But actually, eating the wrong foods can leave your hair without the nourishment it needs and increase the risk of losing it.
You should be eating more of the following foods for a stronger head of hair:
Make an effort to include these in your diet. It’s not a guaranteed fix to prevent hair loss, but at least you know you’ll be supplying your follicles with the good stuff they need.
Drink Plenty of Water
Water accounts for around one-fourth of your hair strands.
That makes proper hydration essential to maintain good hair growth.
Long-term dehydration can trigger baldness because the body naturally redirects water from non-essential parts (your hair follicles, nails etc.) to the vital organs.
Aim for at least eight large glasses a day, but make sure to increase the amount if you’re active.
Make staying hydrated part of your routine.
Get into the habit of carrying a water bottle with you during your commute, while you’re working and when you relax at home.
Wear Your Hair Loose and Comfortable
Traction alopecia is a very real threat to your hair’s health.
Wearing your hair too tight — such as in a ‘man bun’ or ponytail — may put too much strain on the follicles, causing damage in the long run.
Wearing tight hats is best avoided: keep them loose and comfortable to minimize the damage.
If you have longer hair, find another way to style it which doesn’t pose a danger of traction alopecia.
No More Smoking
Smoking is a terrible, terrible thing for your health. But did you know it can lead to hair loss too?
Research has shown that balding tended to be more common amongst test subjects who smoked than those who didn’t.
Smoking may also lead to premature greying too, though that’s far less upsetting than hair loss (for most people, at least).
Smoking is believed to increase the risk of baldness due to its impact on blood circulation, allowing less blood to reach the hair follicles.
Take steps to cut down on smoking and aim to quit completely as soon as you can: you’ll be kinder to your entire body, not just your hair.
Stay Fit, Stay Active
As with stopping smoking, taking up regular exercise may have a positive impact on your hair’s health.
One reason is that exercise improves blood circulation and sends more nutrients to the follicles.
Another benefit is that sweating from the scalp helps to unclog the follicles, leaving space for healthy growth.
However, keep this in mind: sweating also creates a buildup on your scalp, which can be bad for your hair if you leave it to settle for too long.
Make sure you rinse and wash your hair after intense workouts to avoid this.
Speak to a Professional
The most effective way to deal with hair loss that’s making you unhappy is to speak with a professional.
A hair transplant surgeon will be able to perform hair restoration that leads to stronger, healthier growth in the future.
HairPalace’s surgeons use only the most cutting-edge process for our hair transplant procedures: the FUE2 SafeSystem, with the FUE2 SafeScribe.
This involves removing healthy hair follicles from the ‘donor’ areas of your scalp, preparing them, and ultimately implanting them to fill in thinning / bald spots.
This is a safe, effective procedure that can rejuvenate your hair and cultivate consistent growth.
You must take care of your hair afterwards and follow all directions given during the recovery stage to maintain it, but HairPalace’s check-ups allow the experts to monitor your progress.