Genetically caused hair loss in men is a very common problem in the world today. Hair loss in men can also be referred to as male pattern baldness or Androgenic Alopecia. Although stress, flu, pneumonia, typhoid fever, X-rays, anti-cancer drugs, or severe nutritional deficiency can lead to a loss of hair, Androgenic Alopecia is the most common cause of hair loss for men. Androgenic Alopecia affects up to 70% of men and 40% of women. There are differences in the manifestation of Androgenic Alopecia in men and women.
When a woman has Androgenic Alopecia it rarely leads to total hair loss, as it would for men, but rather it causes diffuse thinning over the top of their scalp without any hairline recession. This is referred to as ‘female pattern baldness’. When a man loses hair, it usually starts with hairline recession at the temples and vertex and is called ‘male pattern baldness’.
Although there is little that can be done to reverse the plan for your hair that is already in your genes, there are certain hair growth supplements like Propecia that help to improve hair growth. Propecia tablets may only be used by men and contain the active ingredient of finasteride which significantly lowers levels of DHT (Dihydrotestosterone), which causes male pattern hair loss. There are also many natural things that you can do to pre-empt an adverse loss of hair. Here are a few:
Keep tabs on the menu
According to the American Dietetic Association, the foods that boost muscle growth will also boost hair growth. The Dermatology Consultants of Westchester Scarsdale agreed by adding that our bodies have a priority system of sending nutrients to the most important parts of the body, so if there is a lack of nutrients, our hair is the first to go. Excessive amounts of alcohol, sugar, and salt can also lead to thinning hair and hair loss. Make sure that natural foods that are rich in protein, iron, zinc, Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, and biotin go on your plate. Some examples of each are:
- Protein: Chicken, turkey, beef, eggs, cottage cheese, milk, yogurt
- Iron: Lean red meat, turkey, egg yolks, dried beans, dried fruit, whole grains
- Zinc: Oysters, walnuts, cashews, pecans, almonds, beans, beef, lamb
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel, flax seeds, walnuts
- Vitamin C: Broccoli, leafy greens, green peppers, citrus fruit, strawberries
- Biotin: Brown rice, legumes, lentils, eggs, Swiss chard, nuts
Drink water often
The hair shaft is 1 quarter water, so if there is a lack of water the hair will become brittle and knock off on its own. Drink at least 8 cups of water in a day, and more if weather temperatures are soaring and you spend a lot of time outdoors. Carry a water bottle with you to work and to the gym. Keep a water bottle handy in your car as well.
Massage your head with essential oils often
Massaging your head helps increase the blood and oxygen circulation to each of the hair follicles. Massage your head using rosemary oil, olive oil, coconut oil, or carrot seed oil. Rosemary oil is the most popular for curing hair loss and is found in many hair oils and hair products because it increases cellular metabolism and stimulates hair growth. But other oils work just as well. In this case, it’s the massaging that will have the greatest effect on the growth of your hair.
Rinse your hair daily if you sweat a lot
Sweat causes a salt build-up on your scalp that dries out your hair and causes it to get brittle and damaged. The scalp has many tiny pores that must be open to breathe and stay healthy, but when you sweat these pores become blocked with silt and bacteria. Avoid this by rinsing your hair after gym hours. Rinsing your hair daily with plain water under the shower is best because using shampoo every day will dry your hair out.
Stay out of the sun
The rays of the sun can cause a lot of damage to your hair causing it to dry and fall out. Wear a sun hat or bandanna when you are outdoors. During the summer avoid using hair products that have alcohol in them as this will speed up the sun-drying process.