5 Natural Ways To Help Prevent Hair Loss
More than 50% of both men and women experience balding... here are 5 dermatologist approved tips to help keep your hair looking thicker, shinier and healthier...
1. Scalp MassagE
Scalp massaging includes massages with hands or a specialized scalp massaging device, like the heyhair scalp massager.
It sounds too simple, but it's continually being proven as an effective and safe way in preventing hair loss and thinning. It improves the elasticity of the scalp, improves blood circulation and relieves scalp mechanical tissue tension.
This provides an extremely favorable atmosphere for hair follicles to thrive and promote hair growth.
But remember, it is a ‘time-dependent’ result. The longer you massage, and keep it a part of your routine, the better your results will be. So dedications and consistency are the keys to hair growth when it comes to using a scalp massager.
2. SAW PALMETTO
Saw Palmetto is extracted from the berries of Serenoa repens, a palm tree.
DHT plays a key role in the development of hormonal hair loss, especially in men.
Unlike the majority of the other substances that inhibit DHT on this list, saw palmetto works most effectively at reducing DHT present in the body and scalp.
This was shown in a 2016 study performed by Opoku-Acheampong et. al., when saw palmetto was combined with either testosterone or DHT in Syrian hamster flank organs.
As shown by the above photo comparison, the saw palmetto combined with testosterone was better at reducing pigmentation of the flank organ (a sign of androgen activities) than the saw palmetto-DHT combination.
This is because saw palmetto works best by inhibiting 5-alpha-reductase as opposed to stopping the activities of DHT.
NOTE: Do keep in mind that this study was performed on hamsters. However, this treatment may still prove beneficial for humans, too.
3. HEALTHY DIET RICH IN PROTEINS, VITAMINS, and MICRONUTRIENTS
The making of healthy hair requires a complex interplay of various vitamins and minerals. Taking any supplement blindly is not recommended unless you have a known deficiency.
Simply keeping track of your nutritional status could help your hair get sufficient nourishment, which it needs to grow.
The most common cause of non-genetic hair loss in females is iron deficiency, thus blood iron levels should be checked regularly in every menstruating woman.
In addition, vegetarians should pay extra attention to zinc consumption, since zinc from non-vegetarian sources is much more easily absorbed than vegetarian sources, and a zinc deficiency could lead to hair breakage and loss.
In addition to individual nutrient value, you should really be tracking your caloric intake, keeping it within normal ranges for your weight and age.
Any caloric deficit - especially a crash diet - could send the body emergency signals which would direct all the nutrition to the organs that are important for survival, leaving the ‘unimportant’ hair follicles starves and causing them to start shedding.
Another vital nutrient is protein. Hair is composed of keratin, a protein built from amino acids. To ensure that hair growth is robust, a balanced protein intake is absolutely necessary.
No, not the caffeine from your morning coffee!
What we mean is topical caffeine, in serums and shampoos.
Caffeine works against the testosterone action on the hair follicles, extends the duration of the anagen phase and promotes hair growth.
It’s most commonly recommended in shampoo form and goes great with a brief 10 minute shower scalp massage!
5. KEEPING YOUR SCALP HEALTHY
When it comes to hair loss, the role of scalp health is often underrated.
Among other factors, it is well established that inflammation of the scalp could worsen hair loss, or may even trigger hair loss prematurely.
Any kind of irritation e.g. through hair color or products, inflammatory skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, or just itching due to excessive dryness of the scalp could accelerate hair loss.
Any sensitivity, burning, itching, or redness on the scalp should be duly addressed and treated.