Prevent A Receding Hairline
Oh, the horror! You’re brushing your hair as you get ready for work and your hairbrush and bathroom sink are full of hair. You take a closer look in the mirror and you see your hairline is higher than it should be.
Sadly, a receding hairline and pattern balding are a fact of life. The older we get, the higher that hairline appears. The causes range from genetics, lifestyles and even environmental. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent and stop a receding hairline or, at the very least, slow things down a little. Before you permanently start wearing a hat to cover your increasingly shiny head, there are ways you can stop the vanishing act happening on your head.
Watch What You Eat
A healthy diet is your best defense against many problems and a receding hairline is one of them. Look for food high in antioxidants such as nuts, berries and some legumes. These foods will help keep your hair looking thick and healthy with lots of shine. Antioxidants help eliminate oxidative stress which accelerate aging and that includes your hair.
The other benefits of eating nuts and healthy seeds are that they are rich in lysine and zinc. These substances will help to lower DHT levels. DHT is a hormone which can cause hair loss when the levels are too high.
Over The Counter Medication
There are medicines you can take to prevent hair loss. One of the best medications you can find are minoxidil. This works by helping hair grow thicker and stronger, which will give the impression of a thick head of hair.
Unfortunately, minoxidil may not work for everybody and you may need something stronger that is not available over the counter. You can talk to your doctor about getting medication that contains Propecia which will lower the levels of the hormones that cause hair loss.
Adopt A Herbal Approach
There are many natural products you can also use to prevent hair loss and the dreaded receding hairline. Look for products that have ginseng, Chinese hibiscus, stinging nettle and gotu kola.
Take Some Supplements
A receding hairline could be the result of a lack of certain nutrients. Taking vitamin and mineral supplements could stop the hair loss in its tracks. Look for supplements that contain vitamins A, C, D and E. and minerals such as iron, zinc. Also, make sure you are getting enough protein in your diet.
Change Your Shampoo
One of the reasons your hair is receding could be the brand of shampoo you are using. Many commercial shampoos contain harsh chemicals and while they may not directly cause hair loss, they may accelerate an existing problem. Choose a gentler shampoo or switch to an herbal one that specifically targets the hair loss problem. Also, check your hair for dandruff. Not only is this condition unpleasant, but it can also aggravate a receding hairline so while you are shopping for a better shampoo, look at getting a good dandruff shampoo.
Go Easy On The Goo
Good grooming is an essential part of every daily routine and a good hairstyle is important to your overall image. Getting your hair perfect may include the use of a lot of styling products such as hair gel, mousse, hair spray or many others. Overuse of these products can also contribute to a receding hairline so go easy on the stuff. If you have a particularly intricate style, you may want to consider finding a style that is easier to manage without a lot of goo during the week and save the fancy stuff for when you go out on the weekends.
Go For A Scalp Massage
Massaging the scalp can promote hair growth as it can increase your circulation, getting more nutrients to your hair and scalp. Increase the potency of the massage by using essential oils such as rosemary or lavender oils. All it takes is a few minutes a day to massage your way to a thicker, healthier head of hair.
Lower Your Stress Levels
Increased stress levels trigger the production of a multitude of hormones that can speed up hair loss. Unfortunately, the modern lifestyle can be stressful and we always seem to be rushing around trying to get everything done. Take a deep breath and slow down. Accept the fact that you can only do so much and that it’s important to do things you enjoy and are beneficial to you. Take up yoga or go hiking on the weekends. Anything to help you decompress and relieve stress.
Change Some Bad Habits
Eating fatty, fried foods, drinking too much alcohol and smoking can all contribute to accelerated hair loss. Have your favorite guilty pleasure, but limit it to one serving per week. Keep your alcohol consumption to a minimum as well and get rid of the cigarettes. Apart from being bad for your health anyway, slowing down hair loss is another good reason to stop smoking.
Laser Light Therapy
Laser light therapy is a non-invasive procedure that can help prevent a receding hairline. It does this by stimulating hair follicles that have stopped producing hair. It can also help stimulate the production of healthier hair in those follicles that don’t seem to be working as well as they used to.
Talk To Your Doctor
Your receding hairline could be the result of an underlying medical condition that you may, or may not, be aware of. Make an appointment to see your doctor for a complete medical check up and make sure you mention your hair loss concerns so your doctor knows what to look for. Your doctor may also recommend medication or other treatments to help prevent hair loss.
Don’t Fight The Inevitable
In some cases, that hairline is going to recede no matter what you do. Don’t waste your life trying to fight it. Hair loss is not the end of the world and some men actually look sexier bald. Look after your hair while you can and when it’s time to let go, rock the bald look with confidence.