Did you know that approximately sixty percent of males over the age of thirty-five start to experience moderate to severe hair loss or thinning? While those statistics may seem unthinkable, they’re but one facet of a harsh reality. The reasons for said reality are plentiful, with genetics and stress being the most common culprits.
Of course, with that said, there’s no written law saying that we can’t undergo changes in our lives in order to prevent hair loss – or at least attempt to! It doesn’t hurt to try, especially since many of the following changes are healthy habits, to begin with.
Keep in mind that many instances of hair loss can be side effects of various other health issues, so it should go without saying that you need to consult health experts first and foremost.
With that out of the way, join us as we go through the various little lifestyle changes and adjustments you can undertake to reduce the chances of losing your glorious mane!
Fewer Worries – More Hair!
Let’s get the obvious one out of the way first – stress! Stress is often the first offender that gets mentioned, especially by expert researchers. And with good reason!
While there’s still plenty to research with regard to the link between chronic stress and follicle degeneration, the relationship between them is undeniable. Still, reducing stress might seem like one of those “easier said than done” cases. After all, if we could control our emotions with the snap of a finger, life would be easier in general.
However, that doesn’t mean you should completely give up on the idea. Experts recommend practicing relaxation techniques, exercising, and (obviously) paying a visit to a therapist. Don’t go into it thinking that you should give up if you don’t see results immediately, as small yet crucial changes can result in a longer lifespan for your locks – for up to ten years, even!
Less Pressure – Happier Follicles!
Without a doubt, the physical load on your hair is even more important than the mental one. We’re namely alluding to the strain you inevitably cause to your follicles by subjecting them to extravagant hairstyles.
While hair can be flexible and somewhat accommodating to a variety of hairstyles, it has its specific limits – especially if you decide to go for the man-bun! Any style that pulls on your hair in some fashion can increase the risk of thinning (and eventual full-on baldness) due to the constant pull.
In addition, hairstyles that require some sort of heating tool or product that reduces the moisture of your strands can also prove to be quite harmful in the long run – so style with care!
Better Shampoo – Healthier Scalp!
Speaking of hair products, you probably saw this coming from a mile away. Indeed, shampoo can be a huge factor in the overall health and longevity of your luscious locks – so much so that the frequency of usage and the type of shampoo can drastically increase (or decrease) the lifespan of your hair by over ten years!
Aside from using milder shampoo varieties, you also benefit from the way you wash your hair with them. For one, don’t pull or rub too harshly when lathering, as you’d benefit more from gentle massages and delicate circular motions.
Moreover, many people stand by the notion that frequent daily washing, if anything, absolutely destroys your hair – and there are plenty of sources and studies that prove it to be true!
Extra Nutrition – Reduced Impact
Deficiencies affect every part of your body, and that includes your hair. Much in the same way plants absorb nutrients through their roots, our individual hairs gather necessary chemicals from our circulatory system.
Fish, for example, is an excellent source of hair-nourishing nutrients, such as vitamin d and fatty acids like omega-3s. Protein, zinc, biotin, selenium, and folate are among the other nutrients your hair desperately needs, with eggs covering most of the bases – the only exception being folate, which you can luckily gain from all kinds of leafy green vegetables.
While far from a miracle cure, it still doesn’t hurt to try out various supplements in case you or your medical adviser suspect a deficiency of some sort. Aside from the previously mentioned substances, keratin and iron have also proven to be effective in preventing hair loss when taken in moderate, healthy doses as supplements.
We hope you found this article enlightening. While none of these lifestyle or habit changes are a surefire cure, they may prove to be quite crucial in slowing down the hair reduction process.