Under certain circumstances hair loss will be unavoidable, because of the various reasons mentioned under hair loss causes.
Professional help may be required for how to stop hair loss and achieve hair regrowth, or to seek other surgical or non surgical remedies. All of these will be discussed in separate sections in more detail.
There are, however, lots of ways in which to improve your own chances of keeping your hair. Most of these suggestions are practical ones and will assist alopecia treatment:
- Do not expose the hair and scalp to excessive heating and drying because this weakens the proteins making the hair fragile and brittle.
- Avoid colouring hair more than every 6-8 weeks, and then try to only dye where necessary, for example, the roots, not all over the hair each time.
- Do not go for styling that is overly layered, removing even more hair from your head than is necessary particularly if it is very fine, but there is a balance achieved with light layering which might add volume.
- Use mild and gentle shampoos or conditioners to keep the scalp clean and the hair as volumous as possible.
- Avoid rubbing the hair vigorously, or brushing hair when it is wet, or brushing it too often when dry. It is best to use a wide toothed comb or soft bristle brush to avoid damaging hair shafts.
- Get adequate sleep, and exercise regularly, to improve blood circulation to all parts of the body, including the scalp.
- Eat a well balanced diet containing recommended levels of vitamins; minerals and protein. Omega 3 found in fish is good for hair health, as is biotin (Vit B group), and zinc found in cereals, seeds and nuts. Avoid at all costs any form of crash dieting where the calorie intake is very low because this has a very detrimental affect on hair health. Poor hair condition is one of the first signs of poor health and nutrition, therefore, acts as a very good indicator for change in your life.
- If your are on any hair restoration programme be sure to stick to the treatment regime and persevere for at least 6 months.