March 31, 2023

The Root of the Problem: Helpful Tips for Preventing Hair Loss!


Hair loss is a sad song that many people find themselves with the misfortune of singing. Can it even be prevented? It’s more likely than you think. Of course, genetic hair loss, unfortunately, can’t have much done for it, but stress-induced alopecia and chemotherapy hair loss can have some measures taken to prevent and head off hair loss before it starts. From hair loss prevention products to prevention services, there is a selection of options you can try to slow the process down.
Tell Us- Can Hair Loss Be Prevented?  
The short answer: It depends. We have to examine your hair loss causes. The thing is that different factors cause hair loss, and not all of them are preventable. If you are experiencing male or female pattern baldness, it’s just genetics- you’re better off seeking ways to replace lost hair and strengthen the hair you still have. But there are also factors such as hormonal changes, stressful experiences, medication, radiation therapy, and ill-suited hair care routines that can cause you to lose hair in ways that can be prevented, and regained.  
When Is It Time To Seek Help? 
For a lot of people determining exactly when to seek help for a balding head can be hard to pinpoint. Hair loss can really sneak up on a person sometimes if it isn’t falling out in clumps, so you just wake up one morning and realize that your hair is much thinner than it was a few months ago. But there is a time, and number to rely on. Losing more than 125 hairs a day can be an indicator that you’re having hair loss, and it wouldn’t hurt to seek help- another clear sign is bald spots developing where they weren’t before. 
Can Hair Loss Be Slowed Down?
Hair loss prevention can be a little tricky, especially if it is caused by genetic problems. But some known medications can slow the process down. Somewhere between 80%-90% of men who take it to curb hair loss, report less loss upon taking the medication Finasteride. There are also several other medications, and they are all DHT blockers, which is the only reason they work. DHT is the hormone that causes hair loss. 
Herbal Remedies To Prevent Hair Loss
There are a few herbal remedies that have been used for over a century to prevent hair loss, with a compound in them believed to promote hair growth. If you’re willing to give it a try, lavender, rosemary, sandalwood, and thyme are the herbs primarily used to try to curb hair loss in oil form. Gently massage these into your scalp every night- and remember with herbs, consistency is key! So don’t skip out, and give it a while to work- the only way to see results with these is with patience and endurance. 
Vitamins For Hair Growth
Keeping your body and mind healthy is necessary for keeping lustrous, healthy hair. Making sure you have the proper vitamins to encourage hair growth can make the difference between strong hair and less hair in general. You want to be rich in B vitamins, including vitamin B12. Vegans are the ones most susceptible to being low on this essential vitamin and rely on supplements to get this necessary nutrient since the most reliable place to get it without animal products is through supplements. You want foods rich in riboflavin, folate, and biotin. Vitamin C helps create keratin for your hair, and Vitamin D is not only associated with hair loss, but the effectiveness of supplements in reversing and slowing hair loss has limitations. Diet is often not enough to make sure you get enough- make sure you get some sunlight every day and if it isn’t enough, supplements can be discussed. You will also want iron, especially if you’re a woman. Women statistically are more likely to be anemic. 
Nutrition For Hair Health And Promoting Hair Growth
What are the best ways to get vitamins? Through your food- and yes, this includes taking supplements. Vitamin supplements are good when you’re deficient, but they can’t compare to naturally consuming the necessary ingredients for healthy hair. For vitamin C you want citrus- oranges, and grapefruit, but you can also find it in tomatoes and potatoes. Red peppers, strawberries, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, and cantaloupe are some other great options recommended for vitamin C. For B12 you want animal products like milk, eggs, meat, and fish. Liver is rich in a variety of vitamins including B12, and beef as well. Vegans can look for b12-fortified cereals and nutritional yeast. In these food items, the vitamin is synthetic and therefore fair game for vegan consumption. Vitamin D comes in fortified orange juice, liver, salmon, fortified cereals, and milk. You can find B vitamins in leafy greens, chickpeas, and kidney beans- and iron can be found in spinach, most meats (tuna being a very rich source), peas, and dried fruits. And remember- to absorb iron well, you need vitamin C- so get your diet in balance and you can see improvements in your hair and overall life. 
Try These Hair Loss Prevention Tips for Non-Genetic Hair Loss
Hair care tips for healthy hair and proper scalp care are essential parts of making sure that you do not end up having unexpected and preventable hair loss. For one, avoid tight hairstyles. Women often will have their hair pulled back and if you always have it pulled back tightly in the same fashion, every day, you’re going to put stress on your scalp and your hair is going to thin. Coconut oil can help keep the hair moisturized and is said to help prevent breakage. Olive oil can also help to deep condition your hair, and prevent brittle hairs from forming. When you get your hair styled, avoid heat and chemicals where you can too- these two things compromise your hair health if it is already struggling. 
Let’s remedy your hair loss problems. We invite you to schedule a private consultation, which you can count on being obligation free. We will evaluate how healthy your hair and scalp are, consider how far along your hair loss has come- and discuss the possible treatment options we think are best for you. Just call the Hair Restoration Institute at 612-588-HAIR (4247) for a discreet and complimentary consultation. Our location is 8009 34th Ave S, Suite 1225, Bloomington, MN 55425.