Men and women alike can be affected by signs of hair loss. Things like thinning hair, clogged shower drains, bald spots, and yes, the dreaded receding hair line. Seeing any of these signs can have a negative impact on our confidence, vigor, and sense of self.
Understanding why this is happening is the first step to being able to do something about it. There are multiple causes that underlie hair loss and male baldness—and many can be helped. Let’s explore these underlying causes, that may be undermining your locks, and talk about what can be done to prevent further hair loss, or even reverse it.
Before we get into it, let’s tackle the elephant in the room. Genetics. It’s clear that our genes play a big part in how we look and how we age. This is especially true for male pattern baldness. And it can be easy to slip into thinking that we are simply destined to just struggle with certain conditions. But studies on epigenetics have shed some light on our DNA, and the situation might not be as hopeless as it seems. Many of the things we are about to suggest in the rest of this post can address hair loss on both a functional/health level, and on an epigenetic level. So don’t let the “bad genes” idea get to you.
You probably figured this was a big one. And it is, if not the biggest one. Feeding your body the right foods is literally about providing your body with the correct, quality materials it needs in order to build and maintain tissues, and function optimally. Without enough quality materials, your body defaults to a state of breaking down, and that especially starts to catch up with us as we age. There are many types of nutrients that your body needs to produce hair efficiently. And eating whole foods, along with taking a hair supplement like HAIRtamin Advanced Formula, can help to cover your hair-nutrition bases. It is specially formulated with vitamins, minerals, and botanicals to stimulate hair follicles, boost hair growth, and improve overall hair strength and health. Read this article to learn more about getting adequate nutrition for hair growth.
- STRESS & SLEEP
We’re lumping these two together because they are so intertwined. When we’re stressed, we can’t sleep. When we don’t get enough sleep, we get more stressed! It’s a vicious cycle. Chronic stress keeps your body in what is known as a Sympathetic state, in which you are in a ‘fight or flight’ mode. But, in order for your body to rebuild and maintain proper function (including hair growth), it needs to be able to enter a Parasympathetic state. This is also referred to as the ‘rest and repair’ mode. So, take it easy, man! Make time to do things that bring you a sense of ease. And prioritize your sleep so your body, and hair, can rebuild.
- HORMONE DYSREGULATION
It’s not a bad idea to get in to see your doctor to check various hormone levels, such as; thyroid, insulin, and sex hormones. Many men experience lower levels of testosterone as they get older. Abnormal levels of such hormones can be an underlying cause of hair loss. There are a lot of factors, both internal and external, that can play into this type of phenomenon. In general, here are some things you can do to avoid hormone-dysregulation. Reduce your sugar and carbohydrate intake, avoid consuming pesticides by eating organic food, avoid eating or drinking out of plastic containers or packaging, eat adequate amounts of quality protein, get good quality sleep, and exercise daily.
- MEDICATIONS & DRUGS
Spring-boarding off of the last point, some medications and drugs can mess with your body’s normal functioning. This can include prescription meds, over-the-counter drugs, recreational substances, and hobby-based substances (like taking steroids). If you are using any of the above, the chemicals in these medications and drugs can have a disruptive effect on your body’s physio-chemical processes, including the processes for tissue regeneration and hair growth. While it is unadvisable to stop taking prescribed medications without the supervision of your doctor, any other types of drugs will put unnecessary added stress on your liver and kidneys, and can certainly throw off your endocrine system (your hormones). We suggest you look into more natural and alternative methods of managing or resolving your health issues. There are many, many options to be explored here, but here are just a few subjects you can research more on to get you started; herbalism and traditional home remedies, using food as medicine, keto and low carb diets, Weston A. Price food factors, safely tapering off prescription meds, chiropractic services, massage, acupuncture, reiki, meditation and yoga, various talk therapies, and nature therapy, just to name a few.
- BAD HAIR HABITS
There are some bad hair-habits you might have that can damage your strands and follicles. Let’s start with some common bad hair-habits. Being too rough when brushing or combing your hair, or doing so while it’s wet. This can break off your hair strands, or even yank the hair right out of the follicle. The same goes for those with longer hair (even men), when styling it. Don’t pull it back too hard when tying it up or slicking it back. Another bad hair habit is using chemicals. Dying, bleaching, or straightening will not only dry out the hair and cause more to break off, it can damage the follicles and reduce overall hair growth. Try not to use chemicals on your head, and learn to like your natural hair color and texture.
Remember, you’re not necessarily doomed by your DNA to lose your hair, even for those of us wielding the Y chromosome. Making changes to our diets and habits can have a big impact on how our bodies age, including our scalp and hair. Learn even more about growing healthier hair in this article.