When you’re dealing with male pattern baldness, it’s important to do everything you can to stop hair from falling out. If your hair breaks off and falls away, your follicles may not have the strength to produce a new one.
Shedding is a normal part of your hair’s cycle. It’s not uncommon to shed up to 100 hairs per day. But if you see more than that on your pillow, in the shower, and in your hair brush, or if you’re worried the shedding is affecting your appearance, there might be a deeper problem at hand.
If you have male pattern baldness, you have to protect every strand. Here are some important steps you should take if you notice your hair is falling out.
Speak with a Medical Professional
If you feel you’re losing an abnormal amount of hair in a short period of time, your first step is to consult with a doctor. The most common cause of Hair Loss is genetics (Male Pattern Baldness), however other causes can include stress, hypothyroidism, dramatic weight loss, hormonal imbalances, vitamin or iron deficiency, antidepressants, blood thinners, or other serious conditions. A doctor can diagnose or rule out any underlying medical conditions.
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A key way to stop hair from falling out is to keep it short. Shorter hair is lighter and doesn’t put much strain on your follicles. It won’t get stuck in your hat, can’t be pulled by mistake, and it doesn’t need knots brushed out.
You don’t have to shear it right against your scalp (there’s no need to be bald until you don’t have a choice), but it’s best to keep it under two or three inches long.
Stop Pulling Your Hair Into Tight Styles
Tight hairstyles like ponytails, cornrows, and extensions can put stress on your hair shafts that eventually break them off at the root. This is called traction alopecia. The effect is more noticeable on your hairline where hairs are finer and weaker.
If your hair is healthy and unaffected by male pattern baldness, the hairs will come back. But if you’re already suffering from DHT-induced hair loss, the follicle may not be able to produce another cosmetically pleasing hair shaft.
Even if your hair is healthy, putting regular tension on your hair follicles can damage the follicles, preventing them from building a new hair.
Give Yourself a Daily Scalp Massage
When DHT attaches to your hair follicles, blood is prevented from reaching the follicles’ cells. Without proper nutrition, your follicles can’t produce healthy hairs.
One way to push more blood into your follicles is with a simple massage. Massages improve circulation and ultimately promote hair growth.
To give yourself a scalp massage, move your fingertips in circles over your whole head. Massage the entire area - not just the balding portions - to get the blood flowing all over. Push hard enough to move your skin around your head, but not so hard that you tear out hair.
The easiest way to add a message to your regimen is to do it while you shower. Apply shampoo or conditioner and then rub your head for two to three minutes.
Stop Using Products That Create Heat
Not many guys use hot blow dryers or curling irons, but if you do, stop. Heat breaks down the bonds in your hair, turning it brittle and more likely to fracture and break off.
If you must use heat, do so sparingly and quickly. Don’t hold the heat in one place for too long. If you hear sizzling, you’re adding too much heat.
Add Lots of Protein to Your Diet
Hair is made of a protein called keratin. Your body needs a steady supply of protein to grow healthy hair follicles. If you don’t get enough protein in your diet, your body will ration it to places that need it the most, which does not include your hair.
Protein-starved hair will begin to look limp and brittle until it eventually breaks off. It only takes about two to three months of protein deprivation to have a significant cosmetic affect on your hair.
To prevent your hair from falling out and reduce the rate of miniaturization (one of the effects of male pattern baldness), get about 46 to 56 grams of protein every day by eating these foods:
- Dairy products
- Sweet potatoes
Keep Yourself Hydrated (All Day and Night)
Dehydration occurs when your body doesn’t have enough water to complete its normal functions. But dehydration can start long before you feel thirsty. In fact, if you feel thirsty, you’ve been dehydrated for some time.
Water makes up 25% of every strand of hair. Your scalp also needs water to maintain the healthiest growing conditions for hair. But your body prioritizes other functions before your hair. So if you catch yourself thirsty, your hair has been thirsty for some time.
Keep yourself hydrated by consuming between a half ounce and one ounce for every pound you weigh, every day. So if you weigh 200 pounds, you consume 100 to 200 ounces a day, or three to six litres of water.
That’s your total consumption, not what you should drink. Some of that water will come through food, but it shows how most of us aren’t drinking nearly enough. Sneak a few more glasses of water in every day to protect your hair.
Take a Daily Multivitamin (or the HM Hair Health Vitamin)
Vitamin deficiencies are common causes of poor hair health, hair breakage, and hair loss. Like most people, you probably don’t get the proper dosage of vitamins from your diet. Fortunately, supplementing with a daily pill is easy and affordable.
As a man, you should take a daily multivitamin designed specifically for guys. Make sure it includes the following:
- Saw Palmetto
- Vitamin A
- Biotin (sometimes called B7)
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B2
- Vitamin B12
- Folic acid
You can’t usually find this in a multivitamin, but you’ll also want to take Fish Oil to get some omega-3 fatty acids. These nourish hair and increase growth.
Start a Hair Loss Treatment Program Immediately
Sadly, the main cause of male pattern baldness (the type of hair loss most guys suffer with) is genetic. While the solutions above will help you stop your hair from falling out and preserve it for as long as possible, you should also begin a treatment program that addresses the real problem.
A proper hair loss treatment program attacks balding in a few ways, with non-prescription and medical solutions. It should be based on actual science and overseen by a real doctor. Most importantly, it should be affordable and discreet. This is why is Hairmop is such a unique solution.
No matter how you resolve it, treating hair loss takes time because hair grows in phases. It could take up to a year to regain your appearance. The sooner you treat the problem, the sooner you’ll love your hair again.