Hair Loss Prevention 101
If there is a medical condition causing your hair loss, it may need to be treated. “If something needs our attention, you fix that and the hair takes care of itself,” says Molly Roberts, MD, MS, president of the American Holistic Medical Association. Roberts takes a holistic view of the problem. Sometimes medication is needed, but she often tries more general methods first — such as the following: Nutrition Sally Kravich, MS, CNHP, a holistic nutritionist and author, finds in her practice that “vanity is a good way to inspire people (to eat better) — we all want shiny eyes and radiant hair and skin .” She encourages her patients to get nutrients and minerals from the food they eat. Unfortunately, many people don’t have the best diets .
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Hair loss… on a woman? It’s happening to increasing numbers of us – and it eats away at your femininity like an acid
If you think youre lacking vitamin B or any nutrient for that matter (like iron), speak to your doctor before you get yourself tested or go down the supplements route. An even simpler solution is to structure your diet accordingly, although getting enough biotin may be a challenge. Manage your stress At any one time, about 85 percent of the hair on your head is in its growing phase while 15 percent is in its final death stages. Amazingly, certain stressful events can actually produce a “shock to the system” that alters this natural cycle causing as much as 3040 percent of the hairs to start to die. The result: three months later, you start to shed like a dog does its coat. Although the events that cause these are usually major life stressors, like a severe illness, its possible that chronic, prolonged stress could have a similar, though lesser, effect. Finding ways to manage stress should therefore be a top priority for any man stressing to find ways to prevent hair loss.
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My thin hair and balding scalp was eating away at my confidence, and when my second book was published, I’d resigned myself to spending hour-upon-hour having my hair curled and back-combed to make it look presentable. I hoped a perm might hide my balding scalp – it didn’t – and had my hair cut short in the vain hope it would look thicker, but all my efforts failed. In 2004, I saw a photo of myself and noticed a 4in bald patch. I decided to travel to Paris and spend 3,500 on a hair transplant. I was assured the post-op pain would last a few hours, but for days afterwards my scalp felt as if it was on fire. Even OxyContin, one of the strongest painkillers available, didn’t help.
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