Hair loss is a difficult issue to grapple with. Especially as we age, losing hair can cause us sadness, anxiety and body image problems. For millions of people around the world, hair loss is just a fact of life. Thankfully, however, there are various treatments that can help prevent or turn around hair loss and keep it looking nice and healthy.
Why Do Some People Lose Their Hair?
There are many reasons why people—men, women, young and old—lose their hair. The main reason is genetics. In fact, scientific research indicates that there is a specific baldness and hair loss gene.¹ Other causes include certain medicine including cardiac and antidepressant medication, aging, pregnancy, the condition called alopecia areata and viral conditions. In other situations, a devastating personal loss, accident or life circumstance can also cause hair to start falling out.²
Treatments For Hair Loss
There are various shampoos available that are designed to help prevent hair loss from progressing. The main ingredients to look for in anti-hair loss shampoo are biotin, ketoconazole, caffeine, salicylic acid, emu oil, pyrithione zinc, pumpkin seed oil and palmetto.³
Look in your local supermarket, barbershop or on the internet to find the best place to buy shampoo that will help prevent or slow down hair loss. There are many good brands and varieties out there at a reasonable price, so it is just a matter of looking and finding what works best for you.
Key Anti-Hair Loss Ingredients
One of the primary ingredients used to prevent and slow down hair loss is called a DHT blocker. These stop a harmful chemical called dihydrotestosterone from getting attached to your hair follicles and hurting them. This category of important DHT blockers includes the ketoconazole, salicylic acid (which cuts down how much hair-loss-causing sebum wax is on your scalp), pyrithione zinc which is often used to stop dandruff and keep hair healthy,⁴ and palmetto oil that can cut down DHT levels massively and slow down or prevent further hair loss.⁵ Before trying any new treatments, be sure to consult with your doctor first to make sure it is healthy for you to do so.
Key Hair Growth Ingredients
When it comes to regrowing hair or keeping it healthy and thick the key ingredients to look for are the vitamin coenzyme biotin, vitamin B3 also known as niacin which has shown hopeful test results for restoring hair loss in female test subjects, pumpkin seed oil that can get hair regrowing again in a matter of weeks, rosemary oil that helps hair regrow and more. Again, be sure to check with a doctor before trying any of these supplements.
More Ways To Stop Hair Loss
In addition to the ingredients listed above, these tips will prevent and slow down hair loss. Firstly, treat your hair well, combing it in an easygoing way. Don’t pull it over tight on a long-term basis as this can start to cause alopecia. Also, hair dryers can be great, but if you overheat your hair too often it can start to lead to hair loss.
Using natural shampoos, eating well and trying to cut down on mental stresses that can also tax your body are also good ways to prevent hair loss and keep hair healthy. As always, it is a good idea to research online and find the best ways and products for you to protect your hair and keep it shiny and plentiful. Consulting with a doctor is also an effective way to look into your hair loss and develop an approach to turn things around.