Preventing Hairloss – What Steps Can You Take?

The easiest way to cure a problem is to prevent it from happening in the first place. This is especially true of hair loss in men and women. The problem with stopping hair loss is that it can be caused by a serious medical problem that is present in your genetic makeup, or something that happened as a result of a change in your body chemistry and immune system.

People often panic when they see a few extra hairs in their hairbrush out of concern that their full head of hair is disappearing. This is usually not a cause for concern because your body sheds hairs every single day, including hundreds of tiny hairs that don’t even see. This shedding process is a natural part of the hair growth cycle, and seeing a few extra hairs in the hairbrush doesn’t mean you’re losing you hair.

If you’re concerned about whether or not your hair loss is abnormal, you can ask your doctor or a trichologist. Your hairdresser is not qualified to render an opinion about a possible medical problem. You need to be certain that the issue isn’t something serious.

If you are sure you are starting to lose your hair, here are a few steps can you take to help the problem:

  1. Quit smoking because it’s bad for your health.
  2. Improve your diet by reducing your consumption of junk food, and include more green vegetables and fruits in your diet. Drink plenty of water.
  3. Avoid 2-in-1 shampoos, and use something simpler such as Johnson’s baby shampoo. You can try warm jojoba oil as a conditioner.
  4. Take cod liver oil capsules and evening primrose oils supplements to help keep your hair healthy from the inside. Supplements are not a cure, but they will not cause your hair any harm.
  5. Massaging oils into your scalp may work as stimulants for hair growth. A useful guide on the best oils to use for maximum effect is “The Fragrant Pharmacy,” as well as “Grow Hair Fast” by Riquette Hofstein.

The above are sensible lifestyle options that are a matter of personal choice. Proven hair loss prevention products are a different matter:

Propecia As Prevention
Male pattern baldness can be prevented by stopping from DHT forming in your scalp using Propecia (Finasteride) and Avodart, which directly attack DHT. Men with genetic hair loss that take Propecia at the first sign of hair loss have claimed it halted any further hair loss. Yet there are no medical studies proving this product works as stated.

rogaine As Prevention
rogaine(minoxidil) has been established for years as the only treatment on the market to have any confirmed effect on hair loss. It also can be used as a preventative measure to prevent hair loss from getting worse. rogaine is only partially effective in preventing hair loss because it can cause shedding when it’s first used, and it’s a topical treatment. Topical treatments are not as effective as oral treatments like Propecia.

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