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Hair loss can get to a point where it is literally irreversible without a hair transplant. However, there are ways to prevent it early, both for men and women with hair loss, read below..
1. Understand why hair loss happens.
Hair loss (alopecia) occurs mainly on the head but it can also occur on other parts of the body. Also, it can happen at any age and affects about 30 to 40 percent of any population. It is not always easy to identify the causes of hair loss, since it can range from genetics to diseases to stress. Even child birth and pregnancy can result in hair loss. Below are some of the common ways: Androgenetic alopecia: This is the most common form of hair loss, and is also referred to as male-pattern or female-pattern baldness. The main roles here are usually hormones and genetics. It tends to occur on the crown and on the temples and can even skip generations. Statistics show that this type of hair loss affects 30 percent of men aged 30, 50 percent of men aged 50, and 70 percent of men aged 70. For women, the hair initially thins on the frontal area and the crown. This is also hereditary and tends to affect women after menopause. Toxic alopecia: This type of hair loss seems to occur after physical or emotional stress. Situations such as illness, scalp infections, sudden loss of weight, surgery, drugs, pregnancy/childbirth can all be factors of toxic alopecia. Hair loss can occur as soon as 2 to 3 months after the event that sparked the stress. Alopecia areata: This is a skin disorder where hair falls out in the affected areas, and is usually patchy hair loss. The affected area is typically the scalp or beard and occurs in young people. Alopecia universalis or totalis: This is total loss of body hair, including eyebrows and eyelashes. Hair follicles are not destroyed; the inability to grow hair back is psychological and getting hair to grow back again is not easy. Trichotillomania: This is hair loss due to hair pulling, a habit or condition that can be corrected with treatment. Scarring alopecia: This is hair loss that occurs at the site of scars or damaged areas such as burns or skin cancer.
2. Wash hair regularly & be gentle.
The rumor that washing your hair less will prevent hair loss is a myth. It is actually important to wash your hair regularly so oil does not build up in the scalp.
3. Get stress under control. Stress can actually cause hair loss. If you are prone to stress that has physical affects on your body, it's important to learn ways to avoid that stress. Make sure you get enough sleep, eat healthy and live a healthy lifestyle that is right for you and your schedule.
4. Eat your way to great hair.
Certain foods can actually promote hair growth and also keep your hair healthy. Think salmon, dark green veggies, eggs and carrots to name just a few that promote healthy hair. Protein, iron, vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids, biotin & zinc all promote hair regrowth and can even prevent hair loss.
5. Consider supplements.
You can take things like biotin, inositol, iron, vitamin C, and saw palmetto in a supplement to promote hair growth.
6. Get tested.
One way to test if your hair loss is abnormal is the good ol' fashion tug test. Tug your hair, see how many hairs are in your hand, if it's more than two or three, you are losing your hair abnormally fast. You can also take a HairDX Genetic test to see the cause of your hair loss.
7. Consider treatments.
Medical therapy such as Rogaine and Propecia are meant for the treatment of hair loss, as well as laser therapy with the HairMax Laser Comb. If you're hair loss is more extreme, you might want to consider hair restoration as a permanent hair loss solution.