THE TRUTH BEHIND HAIR LOSS: PREVENTION AND TREATMENT
Hair thinning and hair loss are problems that are certainly not fun to deal with. Unless you have the great fortune of looking fabulous with a completely shaved head, this can typically be a stressful problem. There are a number of products on the market that have the sole purpose of battling hair loss, and almost every shampoo and conditioner formulated for men contain DHT blocking agents. Let’s have a look at some of the causes and solutions to this pesky little problem.
What can cause hair loss?
The biggest factor is genetics, which unfortunately you cannot change. The main contributor to hair loss is the chemical DHT, or dihydrotestosterone, which is a derivative of testosterone itself. It’s the process of testosterone transforming into DHT that directly causes hair loss, but this process can be intensified by poor diet, health, certain medications, etc. So, to combat one of the biggest myths in regards to hair loss: losing your hair does not indicate a lack of testosterone, or have anything to do with testosterone levels - it simply indicates a higher level of DHT.
What can I do to prevent or treat hair loss?
Starting to use a thickening shampoo and conditioner before you begin to lose your hair is a good step in the right direction. There is a point of no return when it comes to baldness, and a completely bare scalp cannot be treated, even with hair transplant surgery. If you are concerned with your risk of hair thinning or loss, speaking to your doctor is recommended, as well as using hair regeneration treatments. Treatments come in a variety of forms, including serums, surgery, medication, or more superficial methods, such as toupees or wigs.
Are there any lifestyle changes I can make to prevent hair loss or thinning?
Yes! Diets that are rich in protein and iron helps to prevent hair loss. Other causes are drugs (medicinal or otherwise), disease/infection, or trauma. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle may seem obvious, but it is one of the best methods of prevention. However, never underestimate the power of acceptance!
While hair loss and thinning is a sensitive issue, it is one that is preventable and manageable in certain regards. Knowing more about your genetics and making lifestyle changes will become your best friend in the fight against hair loss.