The Definitive Guide to Treating Hair Loss
Recommended Practices for Preventing and Treating Hair Loss
(Last Updated: November 2016)
This is the third part of our definitive guide to hair loss treatment. On the first part, we listed and thoroughly studied available remedies to hair loss and the pros and cons of each one. The Go Hair Health is recommending the use of oral supplements as the safest, most effective, and cost-efficient way of treating hair loss. On the second part, we discussed the vital elements of selecting the right oral supplement based on its ingredients. On this part, we will provide you with several helpful practices and habits you should do in able to successfully prevent and treat your hair loss.
The time has come to stop your shower drain from clogging due to excessive hair loss. It is time to stop hiding the thinning areas of your scalp.
Hair loss has higher chances of getting treated if it is addressed immediately. Once hair follicles die, there is no way to revive them. Our scalp also does not produce new hair follicles, so it is crucial to take action as soon as soon as possible. Here are proven-and-tested recommendations that you should do to help treat your hair loss:
Recommendation #1: Hair Care Regimen Changes
Avoid Hair Dryers
Using hairstyles that don’t damage your hair may reduce or prevent hair loss. It is best to avoid drying your hair using hair dryers as heat weakens hair proteins. When hair is constantly heated and dried, this can lead to fragility and can cause hair loss. Letting your hair dry naturally is always best. Other means of applying heat to your hair such as hot curlers, hair straighteners, and hot brushes can take a toll on your hair. Studies show that continually burnt scalps may damage hair follicles permanently.
Use the Right Shampoo
Wash your hair with a shampoo that contains zinc pyrithione (an antifungal and antibacterial complex of zinc) or ketoconazole (an antifungal drug). These ingredients can usually be found in anti-dandruff shampoos. Washing your hair can maintain the cleanliness of your scalp and hair which, in turn, prevents the chances of an infection that could cause hair loss. Clean hair will also give the impression of more voluminous hair as opposed to dirty hair which appears flat and dull.
Avoid harsh shampoos and go for milder ones. Stay away from shampoos with sulfonate, sulfate, or parabens. Find shampoos with Isethionate or Glucoside.
Recommendation #2: Hair Style Changes
Avoid pulling your hair too tight
The medical name for hair loss because of tight hairstyles is called “traction alopecia” and it is absolutely preventable. Tight ponytails, braids, and cornrows can cause hair loss, especially when done daily.
Recommendation #3: Dietary Changes
Eat a healthy diet
Eating the right foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals can go a long way in stopping hair loss.
Vitamins B3, B6, and E helps the body to have good blood circulation, including in the scalp — which helps every growing hair to be well-nourished. Vitamin A is important in the production of sebum — a natural conditioner that makes hair moisturized — preventing it from becoming dry, brittle, and weak. Zinc helps the body’s hormone levels to be balanced, making the hair growth cycle functioning well. Vitamin C is essential for producing red blood cells and collagen — both of which are needed for maintaining a strong and healthy hair.
Protein is a huge component in strengthening hair. The recommended daily amount is around 2-3 ounce servings of meat or 4-5 servings of beans and dairy.
Including seeds, nuts, fish, and eggs in your diet is also recommended. These are all rich in omega-3 — a fatty acid that reduces inflammation in the scalp, resulting to healthier follicles.
Biotin is widely known for being the “food for the hair,” and it plays part in the reduction of hair loss. Biotin is an important vitamin as it helps in the production of fatty acids and promote cell growth. To put it simply, biotin is a precursor to healthy hair. It is one of the many vitamins that a diet should contain in order to achieve hair growth, and it may be the reason why you would need supplements to get the right amount you need.
All of the above can naturally be found in the foods that we eat. However, most times there is insufficiency in the amount that we get from food alone. This is why taking oral supplements is a must as it will compensate for the loss/insufficiency. You will also have the assurance that you are getting enough of these vitamins so that you can successfully treat your hair loss.
Recommendation #4: Oral Supplements Intake
Reinforce Diet With Supplements
To address hair loss caused by a nutritional deficiency, taking oral supplements can go a long way. Biotin-deficiency symptoms include nail brittleness and hair loss (alopecia). Andrew Lessman, a clinical researcher, said that thousands of calories would have to be consumed to get the amount of biotin required to combat hair loss. Oral supplements formulated specifically for hair loss can address this problem.
Take note though that an excessive amount of biotin in the body was reported to cause acne breakouts, so it is important to take only the recommended daily dosage of your oral supplement. It is also safer to opt for oral supplements which have a more extensive formulation — other than just biotin. The best oral supplements that were proven to be truly effective are those which, aside from Biotin, also contains Vitamin A, B3, B5, B6, C, E, Zinc, Inositol, and herbs (such as nettle leaf, pumpkin seed, green tea, horsetail, and saw palmetto berry). All of these ingredients are vital to addressing the needs of hair follicles for them to be healed and nourished, allowing for healthier and stronger growth of hair.
Aside from the recommendations discussed above, the following tips/reminders will greatly help you in your hair loss treatment journey:
Have Patience and Dedication
This is not a quick process and may take weeks or even months to stop your hairs from excessively falling off and to restore a full, healthy bunch of hair. By having patience and dedication in following the treatment guide GoHairHealth created for you, you will be able to achieve your goal.
Stopping hair loss is not a beautiful process. It gets worse before it gets better. Acknowledge and accept that. There will be times when your self-esteem will plunge at an all-time low; be patient with the treatment, and you will see progress.
Do not skip days
Following this Definitive Guide to Stopping Hair Loss requires you to take an oral supplement — depending on which you will take, you’d need to take one or two a day (always check the recommended dosage). Skipping and making up for lost days in one-go will not be beneficial to the ultimate goals of addressing the underlying illnesses, stopping hair loss, and stimulating hair regrowth.
Optimal results are only achieved when this guide is followed carefully and correctly.
Make the Necessary Changes
This guide recommends for you to make some changes in your habits, especially in your hair care regimen and diet. Comply to be able to attain satisfying results.
Your hair loss did not appear overnight, and it is not possible for it to be treated overnight. Even if you do not see any noticeable results in the first day, week, or month, it is crucial to stay committed to this guide. While it might be challenging to follow the recommendations here, if you follow them exactly, you will reap the rewards of having a thicker, stronger, and healthier hair again. For help and advice, feel free to contact: [email protected]