Treating Hair Loss: A Step-by-Step Guide
Effectively combat hair loss and restore healthy hair growth with this comprehensive guide.
Let’s face it: hair loss flat out sucks. It lowers self-esteem, it can be disorienting, and it’s even linked to depression.
But you’re not alone. Hair loss affects 25% of women and 50% of men upon reaching the age of 50, or even before that. The main culprit? Vitamin deficiency, according to a study published in Dermatology Practical & Conceptual. At first glance, hair transplantation surgery may seem like the best option to tackle hair loss. However—not only is it expensive—it’s also risky and it could look quite artificial when botched.
Take Initiative and Act Now
After years of research, we at Go Hair Health have developed this treatment guide to help you and your loved ones deal with hair loss caused by vitamin deficiency. It is totally possible to get your hair back. All you need are the right tools, a few lifestyle changes, and lots of patience.
Dealing with hair loss—especially when due to vitamin deficiency—takes time. Hair loss does not occur overnight, and neither does growing your hair back. And the more you delay, the higher your chances of aggravating the problem. Start treatment as soon as possible to ensure the best results.
Step #1 | Know your options.
You can address vitamin deficiency, the main cause of hair loss, in several ways. These include:
Consistency is key when addressing hair loss caused by vitamin deficiency. You have to be patient and stick to your routine. Choosing a complete hair restoration system would be best. But if you don’t follow the instructions or use it as regularly as prescribed, you will most likely not get the results you want.
Also, be mindful of what you put in or on your body. Tons of prescription or “miracle” pills and creams out there could do your hair and scalp more harm than good. Review each product meticulously before buying.
Step #2 | Know your hair restoring ingredients.
Several hair restoration bundles available in the market for you to use. But when it comes to the hair restoring ingredients in them, some stand head and shoulders above the rest. You can start with these six:
If you spot any of these ingredients in a hair restoration system, then you’ve hit the jackpot. That means that the entire bundle (supplements, shampoo, and topical treatment) contains these amazing hair restoring ingredients. However, be sure to consult a trusted healthcare professional to find out what you need and what you may already be taking.
Step #3 | Make hair-positive lifestyle changes.
1. Mind what you eat.
Address hair loss caused by vitamin deficiency by feeding your hair with the right nutrients. Make smarter food choices. This complements any kind of hair restoration bundle you choose.
- Consume more protein
Protein is the hair’s building block. A protein-rich diet not only makes your hair grow faster. it boosts muscle development too. Get your protein from meat, eggs, nuts, and green leafy vegetables.
- Increase omega-3 fatty acid intake.
Good fat is necessary for healthy hair growth. Without it, your hair will become brittle and dull. Fatty fish such as albacore tuna, sardines, herring, mackerel, and salmon are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acid. If you’re vegan, go for avocados and nuts.
- Jack up on iron.
Iron deficiency leads to anemia, which causes hair loss, among other symptoms. You don’t ever want that. Consume a healthy portion of beef, lentils, spinach, sardines, and even dark chocolate.
- Drink lots of water.
Dehydration affects not only your body, but also your hair. Avoid beverages packed with sugar and opt for water instead. You don’t have to wait till you're thirsty to drink. Go for about a gallon of water a day for optimum hydration.
2. Stay active and exercise regularly.
An active lifestyle and regular exercise not only reduces stress (another cause of hair loss); it also stimulates blood flow, which promotes healthy hair growth. Increased blood flow stimulates your hair follicles and will helps your scalp absorb hair restoring nutrients.
To help stimulate blood flow, try a scalp massage. Rub your scalp in circular motions just like when you use shampoo. Begin at the side of your head above the ears, then move to the the front, then to the back. Do this for 20 minutes daily for best results.
3. Practice healthy hair care routines.
Small changes to your hair care routine can go a long way to promote a healthy scalp. The following changes will help maintain healthy hair growth as well as prevent further hair loss.
- Avoid shampooing every day.
Your scalp produces natural oils that nourish your hair. Shampooing every single day strips off these oils and strains the hair follicles. Shampoo every other day to minimize damage.
- Ditch the hairbrush.
Your hairbrush tugs at your hair follicles, and this causes breakage. Switch your brush for a wide-toothed comb to get the tangles out. The thicker and curlier your hair, the wider the teeth should be.
- Do not overheat your hair.
Heat from using hair dryers, irons or curlers damages the hair. Even with products that provide heat protection, your hair can’t survive constant excess heat. Try to confine heat usage to special occasions and only if absolutely necessary.
- Get your hair trimmed regularly, and avoid damaging hairstyles.
Trim off your split ends every few months to avoid worsening the damage. Avoid complicated, hair-stressing hairstyles and hair extensions.
- Use a silk pillowcase.
Silk’s smooth texture lessens stress on the hair. It won’t tangle your hair at night and even helps retain the natural oils on your scalp.
Step #4 | Stick to a healthy hair routine.
As mentioned above, consistency is key when it comes to addressing hair loss. We at Go Hair Health cannot stress this enough. The use of a complete hair restoration system, as well as these lifestyle changes will only be effective if done consistently and routinely.
To help you do this, put up a checklist on your bathroom wall or even download apps to send you notifications. Keep in mind that there is no “one and done” when it comes to addressing hair loss due to vitamin deficiency. You must make a continuous effort and take consistent doses of hair restoring vitamins to properly address vitamin deficiency. And to help you choose, here’s a medication comparison on different hair loss supplements you can review and choose from.
To maximize the effectiveness of oral supplements, take them twice a day with meals. These hair restoring vitamins and nutrients are fat-soluble. This means your body needs some fat to maximize vitamin and nutrient absorption.
Step #5 | Monitor your progress, and respond as needed.
Since everybody is different, results will always vary from person to person. One may not have the same level of vitamin deficiency as another. You can, however, expect these results generally, give or take a few days to a week or so.
After 1 week: No side effects occur.
After 2 weeks: Less hair loss.
After 3 weeks: Hair starts to grow back from weak hair follicles.
After 4 weeks: Hair is thicker, strands are stronger.
After 5-8 weeks: Hair looks and feels healthier and shinier, dullness is virtually gone.
Also, get your blood chemistry checked regularly to properly monitor your body’s vitamin B7 levels. If your vitamin levels are still lower than usual, consult a trusted healthcare professional about your options.
Again, consistency is key. Choose a hair restoration bundle that has everything you need, and use all of the products religiously. Along with small lifestyle tweaks in your daily routine, you’ll be able to address vitamin deficiency, and your hair will grow back healthy and strong.
It’s only a matter of time ‘til you get your mojo back. But it won’t happen unless you start now.
Reviewed and writing contributions by
DR. CHARLES JERRY WILLIAMS III
Board Certified Medical Doctor
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