Hair loss is one of the common problems that affect most men today. For a young man in his 20s, it is unsettling to see a receding hairline or a bald patch in the mirror. The causes of hair loss can be many. It could be genetics, a family history of early hair loss. On the other hand, it could be due to causes like hormonal changes, nutritional deficiencies, stress, pollution or illness.
If your hair loss is very severe and you are worried about it, it’s a good idea to see a trichologist. In most cases, the problem can be resolved by simple changes in your diet, daily habits and lifestyle.
Hair grows from cells in the scalp called follicles. A healthier follicle means healthier hair. Since hair is mainly made up of proteins, a balanced diet rich in proteins would go a long way in ensuring good hair growth and stronger follicles. In addition, maintaining the mineral balance and boosting up the omega-3 fatty acid and biotin levels also lead to healthy hair. Iron and zinc are minerals that help hair growth, as do Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D. Meats, poultry, fish, eggs, pulses, beans, soya, nuts, seeds, milk, dairy products and green leafy vegetables are good sources.
Drinking less water leads to dry flaky scalp which leads to increased hair fall. So if you are losing more than 100 hair per day, see if you are getting enough water. For those losing hair, 10-12 glasses are recommended daily.
Get Enough Sleep:
Sleep is the time the body uses to repair and heal itself. Lack of deep satisfying sleep can result in increased hair loss. Getting to bed at a regular hour and getting a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed can help tackle your hair loss problem to a great extent.
Keep Your Hair Healthy:
Washing hair regularly with a mild shampoo helps prevent hair loss. It keeps the scalp clean and free from infections which can lead to hair breakage and weakened hair. Subjecting your hair to harsh chemicals while styling, weakens the hair shaft and results in breakage. Use styling products like gels and creams that do not harm your hair.
Change Your Lifestyle:
Stress is one of the factors that lead to losing hair. Get into a regular exercise routine like a walk, run or gym or yoga and meditation to reduce your stress levels and improve hormonal balance resulting in reduced hair fall. Lower the risk of losing hair by giving up smoking and alcohol or at least reducing their intake. A head full of hair makes you look smart and confident – so eat right, live right and exercise well!