With the exception of people who shave their heads on purpose, nobody wants to go bald.
Unfortunately due to genetics some of us will eventually find ourselves with more shampoo
than we know what to do with.
Finding out whether you are genetically predisposed to baldness isn’t difficult and can provide
quite a lot of relief when you start to notice some thinning.
Even so, you don’t just have to accept your eventual baldness!
According to the blog at ScalpMed, a company known for hair regrowth success, the average
human loses 50-100 strands of hair a day due to everyday life and hair care routines.
For those who aren’t genetically predisposed to baldness, hair loss (beyond the usual amount) is
usually a sign that something is going wrong with that person’s health.
Hair loss can be symptomatic of poor nutrition, unhealthy stress levels, disease, etc.
It can also be a sign that you are having an adverse reaction to medication (this happens even
beyond the realm of radiation and chemotherapy for cancer patients).
“For those who aren’t genetically
predisposed to baldness, hair loss
(beyond the usual amount) is usually
a sign that something is going
wrong with that person’s health.”
If you notice that you seem to be shedding an abnormally large amount of hair, the good news is
hat you don’t have to just adjust to your new life of always needing a hat.
The first thing you need to do is figure out why your hair seems to be making a break for it.
Schedule an appointment with your doctor to get a thorough exam.
Make sure the exam includes hormonal and enzyme tests as well as a physical exam.
It is possible that there is a medical reason for your hair loss.
If you can identify that, you and your doctor can work together to build a plan for improving your
health (and, therefore, stopping the hair loss).
If there is no physical health-based reason for your hair loss, it is likely that the hair loss is a side
effect of your stress levels and any mental health issues you might be facing.
Make an appointment with a psychiatrist (your doctor can likely give you a referral) to talk about
what you’ve been going through.
It is important that you meet with a psychiatrist for this and not a therapist or counselor.
Because if you suffer from long-term mental health issues you may need medication to help curb
them and a psychiatrist can prescribe those for you.
“If there is no physical health-based
reason for your hair loss, it is likely
that the hair loss is a side effect of your
stress levels and any mental health
issues you might be facing.”
Note: Obviously not all mental health issues require medication.
Your psychiatrist might recommend you do some talk therapy or cognitive behavioral therapy instead
of going the pharmaceutical route.
What matters is that she can help you put together a plan to help relieve the issues you’re dealing with
and give you tools to work through them so that, hopefully, your hair will stop falling out.
Even if you don’t suffer from medical or mental health issues, there are steps that people can take
to reduce their hair loss.
Here are the most common methods used to ensure scalp and hair health:
A balanced diet:
What you eat can affect your hair just as much as it can affect the rest of your body.
Opt for foods like almond butter, spinach, foods that are rich in omega-3s, yogurt, etc.
The right products:
Not all shampoos, conditioners, style enhancers, etc are created equal.
If you want your hair to be healthy you need to choose products that do more than just strip your
hair of dirt and allow you to create styles that rival army helmets in their stiffness and resistance
to movement and the elements.
You need to choose products that will nourish your hair as well as clean it.
You need to choose products that are as good for your scalp as for your hair itself.
Choose your tools carefully:
When you brush and comb your hair, what tools do you use?
A good hairbrush can make all of the difference between a healthy looking head of hair and more
hair loss than you might like.
If you blow your hair dry, choose a hair dryer with a diffuser to meter the heat and air flow so that
you don’t accidentally damage your hair.
And, of course, use curling irons, etc. sparingly.
Having healthy hair and preventing hair loss doesn’t have to be difficult.
If you follow the tips we’ve shared here you should be able to curb your hair loss and maybe even
regrow what you’ve lost down drains, to brushes, etc.
What are your favorite healthy hair and scalp care tips?
Share your thoughts and comments with us.