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Hair loss: 10 things you need to know

After EX Editor Richard Lenton underwent a hair loss transplant to patch up a few areas around the hairline, here’s a few tips for dealing with hair loss before taking such a drastic measure.

 Five things that don’t help hair loss…

1: MILITARY CUT
A grade one might make you look like a tough guy, but, contrary to popular opinion, it doesn’t make your grow back thicker (or darker). Your hair just feels a bit courser because it grows more bristly.

2: OBSESSIVE BRUSHING
Brushing your hair loads doesn’t make it grow back thicker, it actually pulls out hair before its time, so don’t over do it.

3: STRESS
The more you tell someone not to stress, the more they stress. It’s a vicious circle. Suffice to say, stress depletes the body of vital nutrients, some of which contribute to maintaining your hairline.

4: LACK OF SLEEP
Not getting enough shut-eye and sitting in front of the TV or hanging around in bars will mean that your body needs everything you’re refueling it with just to stay awake and think. Growing hair is somewhere near the bottom of the list.

5: SCALP INFECTIONS
Scalp infections or having an oily scalp can prevent hair growth as can fungal infections. Lovely.

Hair loss is a scary thing
Hair loss is a scary thing

 

Five things that might help hair loss…

1: IMPROVED DIET
Food containing plenty of iron and zinc can help propel more oxygen into the follicles. There’s plenty to be found in meat and eggs, but also beans, lentils, tofu and soybeans.

2: CHEW THE FAT
Vitamins such as A, D, E and K are needed for hair growth, while certain unsaturated fats and omega 3 are needed to help assimilate these.

3: VITAMINS
A lack of them can cause hair to thin. Taking more of them may help, but it could take up to a year to see results, so it’s not a quick fix. Prevention is better than cure.

4: HORMONAL IMBALANCE
Women blame hormones for just about anything, yet we can jump on this particular bandwagon too. To be fair to the fairer sex, hormones can become so imbalanced after childbirth that it can often lead to hair loss. As for men, you should definitely get your thyroids checked, for women.

5: TALK IT OUT
Chat to a nutritionist, naturopath, doctor, hair dresser or specialist. You never know, they may have a few words of wisdom up their collective sleeves.

 

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