Tips on How to Grow Your Hair Out

Tips on How to Grow Your Hair Out

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Hair loss to men may be inevitable, but here are some tips to maintain your mane

One’s hair is one’s crowning glory. Many people, particularly men, place a high value on their hair because it is one of the few features that can be manipulated to add character to their personality and even express their identity. Unfortunately, hair loss is a problem that most men cannot escape. According to the American Hair Loss Association, hair loss becomes more prevalent to guys by the age of 35. Moreover, men are expected to lose a significant amount of their hair once they are in their 50s. Although baldness in men is common, losing your hair can definitely knock your confidence. While men cannot stop this, there are multiple ways and tips you can try to grow your hair out and even slow down its thinning.

Male pattern baldness and its causes

Male pattern baldness, also called androgenic alopecia, is the most common type of hair loss in men, which affects the hairline and top or crown of the head. The chemical that is partly responsible for the loss of hair on the scalp in men is Dihydrotestosterone or DHT and it breaks apart the male hormone testosterone that results in individual hair follicles shrinkage. Male pattern baldness, though frequently found in elderly men, can also affect young adults.

Tips on How to Grow Your Hair Out

Some other causes of hair loss are genes and heredity, overwhelming amount of stress, unhealthy lifestyle, and age. These are just a few factors that contribute to the gradual shrinkage of scalp hair follicles that might eventually prevent new hairs from growing.

What can you do?

Tips on How to Grow Your Hair Out

First on the list is to see a doctor. Studies show that hair loss can be considered as one of the symptoms of a serious medical concern like prostate cancer, diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure, or hypertension. Consult your specialist immediately, especially if the changes happening on your body are drastic and alarmingly progressive. 

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You can also seek hair specialists’ help and recommendation for treatments and medications. Minoxidil is one of the drugs that are believed to be effective in regrowing hair. Results from this topical treatment for the scalp often take three to six months to appear. Although this is an over-the-counter product, it is still best to talk to a specialist before using it because some of its side effects include itching, irritation, and swelling. Another drug to consider is Finasteride. Unlike Minoxidil, this medicine requires a prescription because it prevents DHT and slows down the progression of baldness. Although it may take around six months for the effects to manifest, it can be reversed if the medication is stopped.

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As a consumer, it is important to be mindful of every product you use for your hair. Try to switch to lighter hair products and consider using shampoos made with natural, plant-based ingredients, and botanicals. Check reviews both from third party customers and hair and medical professionals. To avoid exacerbating this hair situation, it is still best to consult a professional to seek advice before using any product for your hair. 

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Lastly, try to live a healthier lifestyle. Factors such as diet, smoking, and stress can cause hair loss, so changing your ways of living can definitely help you in this battle against baldness. Try to take foods that are rich in Vitamin A, Vitamins B6 and B12, Vitamin C, Folic acid, Zinc, and Iron. Giving your body essential nutrients will improve your hair’s state. You may also consider supplements that support hair growth and contain other nutrients that are beneficial for your body. Consume products that are rich in vitamins and minerals to try to restore your natural and vibrant hair. 

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