How Can We Prevent Hair Loss?

Pattern hair loss usually follows a very aggressive pattern of progression. Shampoos containing certain active ingredients or medicinal products in different forms can only halt genetic hair loss as long as you continue to use them.

No PRP therapy, low-level laser therapy, or drugs that inhibit hair loss hormone can prevent hereditary-pattern hair loss forever.

All medications currently available to treat pattern baldness may be effective only for as long as you continue to take the medication, which means effects are not permanent and hair loss will resume once the treatment is stopped.

Before we look at the treatment options, we need to find out what causes hair loss first.

What Are The Causes Of Hair Loss?

The most common cause of hair loss in men and women is genetic factors. Pattern hair loss, also known as androgenic alopecia, can also occur in women.

Other causes of hair loss include pregnancy, stress, surgery on the scalp, trauma, injury, and hypothyroidism.

In general, all forms of hair loss other than androgenic alopecia are temporary and can be treated with medications.

Hereditary-pattern baldness, or androgenic alopecia, caused by combination of genetic factors, hormones, and aging is highly stubborn and can only be temporarily stopped, for as long as treatment is continued.

What Can We Do to Prevent Hair Loss?

1- Adopt Healthy Eating Habits

Include food rich in omega-3 in your daily diet. Oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring, and sardines are very rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Besides, flax seed, hazelnut, walnut, pumpkin seed and purslane contain good amounts of omega-3.

While omega-3 fatty acids shorten the time required for new hair growth, their high anti-inflammatory capacity provides a healthier growth.

At this point, we should note that omega-3 does not provide any special benefits for hair health. It just improves hair by enhancing the immune system, or body’s capacity to fight diseases.

As long as you add the above-given foods to your daily diet, you do not need to take omega-3 supplements for hair loss.

Eat Enough Protein on Daily Basis

Research has shown that when your body does not get enough protein, it tends to use the available protein for more vital body functions, which stops or slows hair growth.

Generally, around 10% to 35% of your total calories should come from protein. In other words, an adult should consume between 46 grams and 56 grams of protein every day.

A healthy diet should not solely rely on protein from animal foods; we should also consume cereals, nuts, and legumes on daily basis. Some of the food sources rich in protein are as follows:

• Animal protein

Red meat, fish, turkey, chicken

• Legumes

Lentils, kidney beans, beans, chickpeas

• Cereals

Brown pasta, oats, whole wheat bread, and bulgur

• Nuts

Almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, cashew nuts, pistachios and sunflower seeds

Include Berries in Your Diet

Berries like strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, mulberries are among the healthiest foods and packed with nutrients and antioxidants.

They are rich in vitamins A, E, K, B, C, as well as in various minerals and fibers. They contain high levels of ellagic acid, which promotes hair growth by blocking a family of enzymes inside hair follicles.

Include Berries in Your Diet

Berries like strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, mulberries are among the healthiest foods and packed with nutrients and antioxidants.

They are rich in vitamins A, E, K, B, C, as well as in various minerals and fibers. They contain high levels of ellagic acid, which promotes hair growth by blocking a family of enzymes inside hair follicles.

Add Iron-rich Foods to your Diet

Iron deficiency is among the causes of hair loss as iron supports healthy hair growth. Foods like oysters, mussels, red meat, beans and legumes are good dietary sources of iron.

2- Get Rid of Stress and Anxiety

None of us wants to have a stressful life, so stress and anxiety are not something we choose to live with – they just occur and we all suffer from them at some point in our lives.

Stress makes our body vulnerable to many diseases by weakening our immune system.

The good news is we can learn to cope with stress successfully. Some scientifically proven strategies to deal with stress are as follows:

Do Exercise Regularly

Sports and exercise help us combat stress by increasing the levels of feel good hormones in our body.

Research also shows that regular exercise can improve self-confidence and success in work life.

In the UK, social security agencies have ceased to pay for depression medicines in all cases other than severe depression. Instead, physicians advise patients to exercise regularly.

Spend More Times Outdoors

Research points to a close relationship between increased urbanization and psychological disorders.

Today’s competitive work environment, air and noise pollution, and spending time indoors away from nature increase the incidence of psychological disorders.

A study conducted by Stanford University finds that people walking in nature for 90 minutes reports decreased levels of stress and negative emotion as opposed to participants who take a walk in urban settings.

In addition, healthy diet, chewing gum, breathing exercises, and adopting a hobby have been shown to reduce stress levels.

Spend Less Time on Social Media

In a study conducted by the British Columbia University, one group of participants checked their emails only 3 times a day for a week, and the other group could check emails whenever they wanted.

At the end of the study, the people who checked their emails 3 times a day reported they felt less stressed.

Recent research has found a close relationship between incidence of depression and time spent on social media.

A study by the University of Michigan reports that as time spent on Facebook increases, people get less satisfied with their life.

3- Avoid Perms, Relaxers, Flat Iron, and Blow Drying. Limit the Use of Hair Dryer

Exposing hair follicles to excessive heat weakens your hair and accelerates hair loss. Perms can damage hair follicles as well. Use natural methods to dry your hair.

4. Consult A Doctor

Following the advice listed above may prove effective only in cases of non-genetic hair loss. To find out the underlying causes of your hair loss, you should see a doctor.

Today, we can achieve good results with PRP therapy, mesotherapy, laser therapy in preventing hair loss.

If you have begun to feel uncomfortable with your aesthetic appearance, treatment options like hair transplant or hair simulation may be recommended after the preliminary interview.

Today, the success rate of hair transplant is very high.