Losing Hair? Don’t Panic!
Hair loss is a fact of life, affecting around half of all women, and 40% of men by the age of 35, doubling to 80% by age 80. Other statistics show that most people who experience it would gladly have less money or fewer friends if they could get their hair back instead. Research also reveals that British men are the likeliest in Europe to be concerned about this issue, yet equally the least likely to take remedial action.
Indeed, three quarters of men in the UK actually believe that there is nothing that can be done to stop hair loss. But, in fact, there’s quite a lot one can do, and there are a number of medically approved and proven treatments for combatting baldness; so it’s really important not to panic.
For a start, if you begin to notice that you’re losing hair rapidly, it’s worth having a chat with your GP to rule out any medical conditions, of which your hair loss could potentially be one symptom; especially if there appears to be no other cause. Or it could be something as simple as a fungal infection, which can be easily treated. You should also have a think about family genetics, and whether you may have inherited the hair loss on your mother or father’s side.
Hair Loss Catalysts
Other things which can contribute to baldness are undue stress, an unhealthy diet or insufficient exercise. You could try to develop some relaxation techniques – yoga or breathing therapy are just two examples. You should also try to do some form of exercise for up to an hour a day, whether that’s cycling, walking or swimming, or taking up a sport like squash or tennis.
As for diet, fish are packed with minerals, protein and Omega 3 fatty acids, as well as vitamin D. If you are deficient in iron, add iron-rich foods like quinoa, tofu or pumpkin seeds to your diet.
If you’re experiencing a stressful period in your life, make sure you talk about what you are going through, either with a counsellor, trusted family member or friend.
On a more practical level, if your hair loss is related to low levels of vitamin B or biotin, a supplement may be the answer – your doctor can advise you on the best choice, and our store has a wide selection to choose from.
Some hair treatments could also be exacerbating the problem, including dyeing, perming, blow drying or curling your locks frequently. Some harsh shampoos can increase the rate at which people lose their hair, especially if you they contain too much of something called surfactant, which causes a dry, itchy scalp, leading to hair loss. You should wash hair frequently with a mild shampoo so your follicles and scalp stay clean, and fungal infections are kept at bay.
Some prescription drugs may also be behind some people’s hair loss, especially blood thinning medications such as warfarin, medications for arthritis and a number of psychiatric drugs, including lithium.
There are hair loss products which can really help, including tried and tested Dercos Aminexil hair loss shampoo, a powerful and effective treatment for hair loss which encourages hair to grow back quickly.
Or try triple action MinSaw ProFound hair growth supplement, a simple, spray-on treatment packed with three vital ingredients (melatonin, minoxidil and palmetto) to protect hair effectively. Minoxidil is considered the best non-surgical way to retain hair and melatonin and palmetto can boost its power up to fourfold.
With so much you can do, hair loss doesn’t have to be cause for concern.