Balding Woes: What To Do If You’re Going Bald
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Hair loss can often be a deeply troubling experience. Here’s how you could bid adieu to all the ha(i)rdship, with simple remedies.
Losing hair is never easy. Not only does one’s confidence take a beating, it many cases it leads to depression and other related problems too. While some would argue that hair loss is completely hereditary, there is some science to suggest that lifestyle factors, and how we care for our hair in our teenage years and early 20s have a strong impact on hair loss. If despite your best efforts you find yourself losing hair rapidly, here’s what you can do to minimise its impact, and make the best of the situation:
Ditch the stress and the smoke – Stress contributes to ill-health on so many levels, that it’s amply clear you need to steer clear of stress. Find yourself balding? Coupled with genetics, this is one of the key reasons for hair fall. By actively dealing with the stress at hand, you can help balance hormones, and cope with hair loss at the initial stages. Also, if you are a smoker, this is the time to stub out that cigarette, as it reduces the oxygen in your blood, and hurts your hair in the process.
Re-evaluate your hair products – If you find yourself losing more hair than usual, it might make sense to take a closer look at the products you’re liberally using on your scalp, as they could be responsible for your hair loss, in part. Several serums, shampoos, hair gels, and waxes contain chemicals that strip the hair of its natural oils, and increase the likelihood of unhealthy, brittle hair that falls easily. Try and steer clear of products that contain ketoconazole, which is often used in anti-dandruff shampoos, as this could reduce the production of testosterone, leading to baldness.
Be gentle – Don’t think that the more vigorously you brush your hair, the better it will be for blood circulation and the scalp. In fact, if you have a tendency to brush your hair when wet, stop immediately, as this does more harm than good. Use a wide-toothed comb, and steer clear of curling or straightening devices, as they could further damage weak hair.
Add omega-3 rich foods to your diet – Omega-3 fatty acids are great for your hair and skin, so the moment you notice you are losing hair, amp up the consumption of foods that contain this. It’s not like your hair will stop falling overnight, but getting the right nutrients over a period of time will definitely impact how your hair looks and feels. Foods like walnuts, avocados, and salmon are rich in omega-3, which could be your best bet for hair loss prevention too.
Take biotin supplements – While you should consult a physician if there is unexplained hair loss, to rule out a medical cause, many doctors will suggest the use of supplements high in biotin. Some meats and foods are also rich in this vitamin.
Try and get to the root cause – Is your baldness hereditary? A result of a poor lifestyle? Or is it because of hormonal changes? Till you get to the root of the problem, it becomes difficult to find a solution to baldness. Visit a trichologist who can carefully study your hair loss pattern, carry out suitable tests, and suggest solutions on the basis of those. And act quick, as the earlier you move on this, the better.
In the meantime – While the trichologist is doing his job, try not to fret too much, and focus on styling your hair in a way that makes you feel confident and happy. Choose what works best for you, and try and come to terms with your hair situation, as it is just one aspect of how you look.