It’s saddening to know that hair loss is one of the most common problems we face as we age, but what is more saddening is that it is mostly out of your control. If disregarded, hair loss may lead to baldness.
Hair loss may happen naturally to someone regardless if they are young or old, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for it. Luckily, there are several ways to slow it down a little and maintain a healthy looking hair for as long as possible.
Below, we have compiled the top 20 tips and ideas to effectively control hair loss and prevent baldness.
1. Acceptance is the first step
Hair loss will soon lead to baldness – that is the reality. You have to keep that in mind. We will all go through that stage of our life where we will suffer from hair loss. I know how frustrating it is to know that we are losing our hair little by little as we age but we need to face it. That being said, we have to be mentally prepared for it – acceptance should be our first step to conquer it. Acceptance prepares us mentally and allows us to carry on with life having proper expectations.
2. The shorter, the better
This one may seem ironic but according to experts, keeping our hair short is the best way to conquer hair loss and baldness. This way, you won’t have to tie or brush your hair so often as this can make our hair more prone to breakage.
3. Choosing the right shampoo
Shampooing our hair is one of the most vital parts of our daily routine. I know how irritating it is to wash your hair without shampoo. That’s why it is very crucial to choose the right shampoo from all the various types of shampoo on the market. What I can recommend is to check which shampoo best fits you – one for dry hair, for hair fall, or for dandruff. Also, it is a good idea to buy a sulfate- and paraben-free shampoo as these may cause considerable damage to the hair and scalp.
4. Heat is one of your enemies
As much as possible, try to stay away from too much heat from blow dryers, hair straighteners, and curling irons as they can cause terrible damage to your hair and scalp. If needed, you can apply heat protection oils to your hair. Also, UV rays can harm the condition of your hair so it is highly advisable to protect it from the sun by using an umbrella or a hat.
5. Gray is OK
It is pretty normal to have gray hair as we age. Some people even have gray hair due to their genes and some even dye their hair gray. Gray is cool and you shouldn’t be embarrassed about it. If there is a need to color your hair, you can try to reduce your coloring regime to once every two months.
6. Stay away from harsh chemicals
Hair rebonding, coloring and perming may seem helpful to your hair but they are actually putting your hair at risk. Undergoing these hair “treatments” can damage your hair – rebonding, for instance, uses heat and chemicals applied on your hair during the process that may not only burn your hair but your scalp, too. Not only rebonding but also perming and coloring may cause hair damage especially if not done correctly.
7. Tender loving care
Our hair is very fragile. That’s why it is highly recommended to give it lots of TLC. Avoid putting too much force on it when brushing, braiding, or every time you touch it. Do not comb your hair when it’s wet as it is more fragile. Moreover, you have to occasionally pamper it with natural (as much as possible) treatments to maintain its healthy state.
8. Invest in a good quality hair brush
Brushing our hair is part of our daily routine. That’s why it is a very good idea to choose the correct hair brush. As much as possible, do not use plastic or metal-made hair brushes, but rather use wooden combs to easily distribute the natural oils all over your hair to make it healthier and shinier.
9. Make a dermatologist appointment
If you notice that your hair is suddenly thinning, go to a professional dermatologist to have yourself checked – sudden hair loss may signal an underlying medical condition. A dermatologist can run several medical checkups and tests to find the root cause of hair loss in order for them to prescribe a certain treatment as a long-term solution.
10. Consider using water-based products for styling your hair
You should be mindful about whatever you put on your hair. Waxes, oils, and serums can damage your hair so it is recommended to use water-based products as they are easier to rinse off.
11. Over washing is not good
There’s no problem with taking a bath more than once a day, the problem is how often you wash your hair. It is good to practice hygiene but it is not good to over wash your hair, as shampoo rinses off the natural oils which are essential for your hair.
12. Pat dry
I understand that you would like to dry your hair as soon as possible, however, strong towel rubs on your hair may break it as it causes friction and stress on your hair. Be gentle to your hair by pat drying it after every bath.
13. No more hats
Some people use a hat to somehow hide a “bad hair day” or simply for fashion. However, putting on a hat means putting stress and friction on your hair. Wearing a hat for an extended period of time can lead to baldness.
14. Taking care of yourself on the inside
You might have heard how protein is good for your hair. That’s actually right, but instead of looking for proteins in shampoo, why don’t you just invest your time in consuming foods that are rich in protein. Additionally, minerals like iron strengthen the hair especially when combined with vitamin C. You can also add omega-3 for additional hair fortification. Other supplements including Vitamin B7 (promotes hair growth), and Zinc (cell regeneration) can also be helpful in combatting hair loss. Above all, there’s nothing better than taking care of yourself from the inside.
15. Go herbal
While it’s good to invest in products that are scientifically proven to aid hair loss, nothing beats traditional herbal treatments. Jojoba oil is very effective in treating hair loss as it stimulates hair cells to reproduce faster. Aloe vera, on the other hand, works to soothe and moisturize your hair and scalp as well as clearing the sebum that clogs hair follicles.
16. Hair loss and stress can be related
It’s true that hair loss is linked to stress. Researchers have concluded that stress is one of the top causes of hair loss. Try to stay away from the things that bring stress into your life. Unwinding and de-stressing are effective means to contend stressful situations, should they arise. It’s OK to at least have a break from all the pressures of life and take a deep breath from time to time.
Exercising regularly is good for the heart as it pumps the blood and boosts its flow all over the body including your scalp. It is also a good way to combat stress, plus, it brings several overall benefits to you.
18. Sleep is important
Your hair needs naptime as much as your body does. Besides, many body processes only take place when sleeping – including hair and scalp rejuvenating.
19. Hair transplant
To have a healthy looking hair is a big deal for some people. Some even make a profit out of their hair so they take extra care of it. Yet, if none of the tips above worked, then you might want to consider getting a hair transplant. Although it may be expensive, it is one of the most effective and proven treatments for hair loss and baldness.
20. Just embrace it
If you are too busy to follow these tips and ideas or a hair transplant is too expensive for you, you may want to consider embracing that “bald” look. Although it’s true that not everyone can pull it off, you may still want to try and see it for yourself, you might like it… who knows?
While suffering from hair loss and soon baldness is natural to most, there may be some underlying medical conditions. That’s why it’s a good idea to be aware of our body for any changes that you may encounter.
Most of the tips above are just preventive measures. It’s not a “one size fits all” thing – there is no guarantee that one or the other will work for you. It’s a case to case basis and that is why it’s advised to consider trying them to see for yourself and check which works best for you.