Yeah, a sensitive subject to many; When in fact, it’s really not a big deal. Androgenic Alopecia, or more often called ‘male (or female) pattern baldness’, is something actually much more common than many think. In fact, not only will around one in two men have some type of baldness before the age of 70, around one in three women will also experience it.
Being a Barber School, we hear firsthand from clients and colleagues their experience with pattern baldness, and the first thing we hear, is how it impacts people’s confidence. So, we’ve put together this short list of ways you can give your scalp the best chance to thrive for a long time.
Please note that we are not medical professionals; While this advice is widely accepted and verified, there is no substitute for a visit to the Doctor. If alopecia has been hard on you, consult a medical professional for advice and treatment. Stay healthy.
Let’s Start Natural
Which we think is the best way to go. There’s a few things you can do to give your hair its best chance of survival. Baldness often comes from inflammation in your hair follicles, which simply prevents them from growing back. Here’s a few things you can start doing today
There’s a thousand reasons more why you’d want to quit, but if this has to be the one for you, we’re happy to provide the info. Smoking will grey your hair faster, dry out your skin and can encourage baldness. If you need help quitting; seek out resources, like this one from the Canadian Government: https://bit.ly/2TCdSSL or this one from the US’s Center of Disease Control: https://bit.ly/3coWsSm.
Beyond feeling incredible, scalp massages help your hair move around and dislodge impurities. It will give more flexibility to the hair and can lead to thicker growth. You can either do these yourself very easily; or better yet, have your favourite barber do it for you!
Watch what you eat
Don’t worry we’re not here to scold you or tell you to make huge changes in your lifestyle and diet. Unsurprisingly, what you eat has a major effect on your hair, and there are many nutrients that can be found in common foods that are beneficial to hair growth.
- Iron-rich foods, such as eggs, duck, liver and other animal-based sources; As well as legumes (beans, lentils, chickpea), tempeh, some nuts like almonds and cashews, and many vegetables like kale, broccoli, spinach and green peas for plant-based diets.
- Foods high in Omega-3, the highest concentrations find themselves in fish while plant-based food seekers will want to turn towards seeds, like chia or flax.
- High-protein foods. There is a huge list of high protein foods that can easily suit both vegan and non-vegan diets. We recommend you do a little bit of research to find out which can be easily integrated into any lifestyle.
Seeking professional help
As you would expect, there have been incredible advances in treating hair loss. Now, while there are no miracle remedies, the best thing you could do is seek a medical professional as early as possible. If you just let things be, chances are they’re not necessarily going to get better. Here’s a few medical advances that you can ask your doctor about.
Low-Level Laser Therapy
A method that has been around for a few years, it has been recognized as safe and effective in treating male pattern baldness. It’s used to target and reduce inflammation in hair follicles, which is what is preventing regrowth of the hairs.
Prescription and Pharmaceutical
Rogaine anyone? Rogaine, or Minoxidil, is one of the more popular pharmaceutical products out there, but it’s also important to note that it doesn’t work for everyone. While clinical studies have shown success, it has only done so towards a few types of baldness; not all of them.
We won’t go into any more detail in regards to hair transplants. These require surgical intervention and are well beyond our scope of expertise. The only thing we can tell you is that they are an existing way of treating baldness. For any more info, seek your physician’s input.
Or best of all; Just own it!
This is what we tell our clients and students the most. There’s many things out there that can cause worry, and whether you’ll always have a thick mane or not shouldn’t be high on the list. You’ll look good in any case.
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