Hereditary conditions, underlying medical conditions, some hair treatments and other factors can cause hair loss in men and women. Those who are at risk of losing hair or those who are already experiencing it can fight it by making some simple changes to their lifestyle.
Eat Nutritious Foods
Eating foods with certain nutrients can help promote healthy hair growth. Protein, found in meats, dairy products, legumes, and nuts, helps keep hair strong and prevents it from becoming brittle. Omega-3 fatty acids in salmon and other oily fish, walnuts, and avocados help hair stay hydrated and healthy. Getting enough iron from foods such as spinach, red meat, chicken, broccoli, and lentils, helps lower the risk of hair loss. Vitamins A, B, C and E, which are found in carrots, sweet potatoes, nuts, blueberries, oranges, and broccoli, are antioxidants that help reduce cell damage and support the growth of healthy hair.
Limit or Skip Damaging Hairstyles and Treatments
Perms, curling irons, and hot oil treatments can all take a toll on hair and increase the risk of hair loss. These treatments can lead to inflammation in hair follicles, which can result in hair falling out. Choose hair treatments that are more gentle on hair to help it stay in good condition and reduce hair loss. Wearing hair in a tight bun, ponytail or braid frequently can increase the risk of a condition known as traction alopecia. This condition occurs when hair is pulled at the roots on a regular basis. Leave hair down, or wear it in looser ponytails and other hairstyles to reduce pulling.
Reduce Stress Levels
Being under a lot of stress can increase the risk of losing hair. This can happen from hormonal changes or changes in eating habits in those who are under stress. Finding healthy ways to minimize and manage stress, especially on a regular basis, can help lower the risk of hair loss. Keep in mind that harmful ways of coping with stress, such as smoking or drinking, can weaken hair and increase the risk of loss.
When lifestyle changes aren’t enough for hair loss, there are other options available.
Contact Metropolitan Vein and Aesthetic Center at 914-295-2202 for information on hair transplants for men and women.