Hair is one of the first physical traits we notice when we meet someone. So it can be distressing to experience hair loss, which is common among many people at some point in their lives. Although hair loss is often attributed to genetics or an underlying medical condition, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do about it. You can fight against further loss, and, in many cases, grow back the lost hair.
Eat a healthy diet. A diet consisting of lean proteins such as fish, chicken, eggs, bean, almonds and yogurt is an effective way to stop hair loss. Avoid high fat diets, which increase testosterone levels and are linked to hair loss.
Avoid wearing your hair in certain styles. Pigtails, cornrows or tight hair rollers can pull on your hair and result in loss. Your hair will grow back naturally if the pulling is stopped before a scar develops on the scalp.
Ask your dermatologist about Propecia, which has proven effective in stopping male pattern baldness. Users may not notice results for up to six months. The pills are intended only for men; they can cause harmful side effects in women.
Reduce mental stress, which can cause sudden hair loss for 6 to 12 weeks and can last much longer if left untreated. This affects women much more than men. Stress factors that might lead to temporary hair loss include a death of a loved one, intense work related stress, divorce, financial problems, child birth and a major illness or surgery. Do everything possible to reduce any stress in your life and make time for exercise, meditation, massage therapy and relaxation.
Consider Rogaine, which is a common way to treat hair loss and can stop it in a matter of weeks. You don’t need a prescription. Follow directions on the box.
Get tested for thyroid disease. Many people experience rapid hair loss due to underproduction or overproduction of the thyroid hormone. Your doctor could find another reason for your hair loss rather than thyroid disease.
Always read instructions before taking any oral or topical medications.
References and ResourcesHow to Stop Hair Loss
Hair Loss Library: Thyroid Disease and Hair Loss
Hair Loss Library: Sudden Hair Loss Due to Stress, Anxiety