By: Dr. Masoud Abdar
9 Methods to Fight Thinning Hair
As we age, hair naturally becomes thinner and loses density. Both men and women often complain about thinning hair by their 40’s and onwards. However, because it’s a part of aging, doesn’t mean you have to accept thinning hair and do nothing about it. Below are 11 tips to combat diminishing hair from your comb and keeping more on your head.
Your diet is the easier and one of the most influential factors. Hair flourishes on iron, protein, vitamin B12, B7 (Biotin), B3 (Niacin), and zinc. Foods rich in these are green leafy vegetables, nuts, beans, fish, lean meats, even fruits!
Ever heard that massaging your scalp gets your blood flowing and improves hair regrowth? Well it does. A simple task of stimulating your head by shampooing in the shower or by brushing your scalp with a soft bristle, can go a long way. Not to mention, massaging your scalp while shampooing, penetrates the solution into your blood stream and also promotes an enhanced atmosphere for hair development.
As you may already know, flat irons and hair dryers cause breakage and hair thinning. Add color treatment, and you have an even more damaged, thinner hair follicle. If you know a simple look that looks good on you, try to wear your hair that way and reduce styling damage to only when attending special events or that important work meeting. Also, nowadays there are many non-invasive hair products you could adapt to using without heat treating your hair, that will give you a fresh new look without the thinning hair.
Your blood draw can reveal a lot about why your hair is thinning at a more alarming rate than it should, and how to zap it back into proper growth. Ferritin is iron stored in your blood. If it is shown to be low, it could easily be fixed with Iron supplementation. The same applied for low vitamin D, which can cause thinning hair. Aside from vitamin and mineral irregularities, hormone and thyroid fluctuations can cause hair loss as well. Ask your doctor to prescribe you a blood analysis to check for any and all contributing factors and go from there. You never know. You may discover your have Lupus for example, which is a disease that causes hormone and vitamin irregularities.
Here’s one you may not have thought of. Laser treatments don’t only inhibit undesired body hair growth. There are laser therapies specially mechanized to reduce follicle inflammation, therefore promoting hair regeneration. Typically, twice a week treatment for 6 months significantly increases hair thickness and growth and permanently for most clients.
If stress comes about from a recent divorce or job demotion, after you find ways to cope and time heals some damage, your stress related hair loss typically grows back. However, if you are under constant stress such as caring for a chronically sick family member on your own, try to master meditation and deep breathing. It is easier said, however for your own sanity and hair troubles, give it a go and you will be amazed at what you can gain long-term.
Wonder how Rogain works? It’s because it has this FDA approved, potent ingredient called Minoxidil. How it works is it enhances the hair follicle and forms bigger hair strands over time. Minoxidil is relatively inexpensive and though it takes several months to a year to see lasting results, it is proven and you can find testimonials almost anywhere of it’s effectiveness.
This supplement is much like the vitamins and nutrients listed earlier. It is very effective in encouraging the production of thicker, nourished hair strands. It is also cost-efficient and a great addition to your diet, and holds no undesirable adverse effects.
Cortisone shots are injected into the scalp itself and though they may be painful, they block the hormonal activity that causes hair thinning. Patients with inflammatory scalp issues benefit immensely from these shots, as it also inhibits inflammation at the site. These are comparatively cost-friendly as well.