There are many old wives’ tales about how to stop your hair receding, literally, everything you can think of from manure to onions has been tried to grow hair over the centuries. And you can understand the logic behind it, even if the scientific principles are a little on the weak side. After all, if manure encourages plants to grow, why wouldn’t it work on the blades of hair on your head?
Luckily science has moved on a little since these “quack cures” were introduced and we now understand a little more about how to slow down the process of receding hair.
Is Receding Hair a Natural Process?
Losing hair occurs in most men to some degree, however, a lot of the change is due to genetic predisposition. You can, of course, take steps to slow the rate of hair loss.
1.) Looking after yourself
Hair is made from the same material as your fingernails. Have you noticed that your nails are looking a little brittle lately, well the same is likely to happen on our head. However, if you eat a healthy diet (particularly one that is rich in vitamins A, B, C, D and E as well as iron, zinc and protein) then you should be on a path to preserving your hair.
It’s also important to exercise and keep yourself fit, as this will ensure that more of the vitamins and minerals from your improved diet will reach your head and those all-important hair follicles.
2.) Reduce Stress
Stress is horrible for the hair. If you feel stressed, then you’re more likely to start the processes that make hair recede. There is a perfectly rational explanation for this. If your body is being constantly kept in a state of panic, it will try to focus on those core processes that help when you need to flee. Hair is not really a core process for your body, so if the stress persists it will not focus on growing hair.
There are a number of names for these conditions including
- Alopecia Areata – This is where there is a sudden loss of large clumps of hair in patches around your scalp.
- Telogen Effluvium – Whilst we all lose some hairs as part of the normal replacement process; this condition means more hairs than normal prepare to fall out.
- Trichotillomania – You have heard the old joke about “pulling your hair out with stress” Well it does happen. This is a habitual condition caused by stress and anxiety where the person pulls out hairs without realising it.
Products to stop receding hair
If you are in the early stages of hair loss, or you believe that the loss is temporary, then you can call upon caffeine shampoos as your first line of defence. Caffeine shampoo works exactly the way you suspect it does. It effectively is trying to do to your hair follicles, what Red Bull does for your mind and body. The caffeine stimulates the blood vessels and hair follicles. This improves the blood flow to the affected area and promotes hair growth.
How does Minoxidil stop hair receding?
One of the most effective treatments for hair loss is the drug minoxidil. The product is now available without a prescription. Minoxidil works by increasing blood flow which stimulates hair follicles, promoting hair regrowth by:
- Reversing the miniaturisation of follicles.
- Increasing the blood flow around follicles.
- Stimulating the follicle to change from its resting phase to hair growth.
- Extending each follicles growth phase.
Can I see a hair transplant surgeon about hair loss?
If the minoxidil treatment is not as effective as you hope then you have two options left, an appointment with a hair transplant surgeon or an appointment with a barber with a sharp razor for an all over shave.
Whilst every surgery is different if you choose the hair transplant option, hair is harvested from the parts of the head that do not suffer baldness, such as the sides and back.
FUE transplants take small samples of hair, typically between 1 and 4 hairs, whilst FUT takes a larger strip.
FUE hair transplants heal completely within 7 days and leave no lateral scars at the harvesting site.
Private Cosmetic works with a number of high-quality independent surgeons and is able to arrange a free consultation at a time and place that is convenient for you.
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