How to Prevent Hair Loss

So much of our self-image is connected to our hair. We take it for granted when we are sporting a thick head of healthy, voluminous hair. Sadly, the value our hair has to our look, our image and our confidence is often only realized once the hair is on its way out.

Hair loss can be hard to deal with, but if you are noticing some changes like increased hair fall or thinning on top, all is not lost! There are a few things you can to do to prevent hair loss and improve hair growth.

How to Prevent Hair Loss & Thinning Hair

Since hair loss is entirely personal and can be attributed to a range of causes, there’s no hard-and-fast strategy to prevent hair loss or stop thinning hair. You may lose hair because of age, genetics, stress, diet, illness, or combinations things working together.

The good news is it’s far easier to prevent the changes from happening early than it is to stop them once they’re underway. As they say, prevention is far better than cure. If you’re worried about any changes happening to your hair, we’ve done the hard work for you and curated a list of preventative measures to help you keep your hair.

Start Hair Loss Prevention Treatment Early

If you notice any changes to your hairline or thinning of your hair, hair loss prevention is the best measure available. Sadly, once hair follicles have died, there is nothing that will get them back. Early treatment is key.

The changes that occur to your follicles and their hair cycle increase over time, so the earlier you can address hair cycle dysfunction by stopping FGF5 and removing negative pressures the better. Introducing a hair loss treatment or routine to you daily hair care regimen as early as possible can minimize overall hair loss and increase the likelihood of any treatment’s success.

Avoid Frequent Hair Treatments

Chemical treatments, such as bleaching, colouring, perming and straightening can wreak havoc on your hair if done in excess or incorrectly.

Experiment with your natural hair colour and if you must dye it, make sure you have this done professionally and make sure any bleaching and dying products are kept away from the scalp. It is important to note that products that claim to be free of one substance (e.g. ammonia), may have equally irritating substances in their stead. Be aware that even natural products such as henna-based dyes can contain irritating substances such as para-phenylenediamine (PPD) which can irritate the scalp and can also cause sensitization and contact dermatitis. Importantly, whatever you choose, make sure you protect your scalp and also give your hair time to recover between treatments.

On top of the chemical hair treatments, try to avoid scalp contact with products containing silicones. With repeated use, silicones build up on the scalp and hair, creating problems over time including blocked pores and an increase in the brittleness of hair.

Choose Natural or Clean Products

Be sure to choose hair products that are free from sulfates, phthalates, silicones, and parabens. These chemicals can make your scalp more sensitive and make your hair more brittle and prone to damage. Sulfates are generally found as detergents in shampoos. Not only do these strip colour and dry the scalp, they can be irritating for some people. Silicones build up over time and prevent the scalp and hair from breathing. Parabens and phthalates have a bad reputation, and while the science is still inconclusive, its best to err on the side of caution and avoid if possible.

Be Gentle with Your Hairstyle

Letting your hair down isn’t just a saying - it’s good for your hair. Tight braids, ponytails, cornrows, or any style that pulls on your follicles can cause a type of hair loss condition called traction alopecia.

If you want to style your hair, looser styles are always a better option. Try styling your hair up with a loose scrunchie or just let it hang naturally. Add texture to your hair by using a high-quality styling dry shampoo, like the évolis Style +Treat dry shampoo. You can also use this to refresh your style during the day.

Avoid Styling with Heat

While you’re at it, avoid the hot setting of your hair dryer and opt for cooler air. Towel dry as much as possible and invest in a good microfiber towel to efficiently remove water. It may be good to avoid curling and straightening irons too. Heat can fracture bonds within the hair strands and also over-dry the hair fiber, leading to more brittle, fragile hair. If you accidentally touch your scalp with these this can damage the follicles and lead to hair loss.

Try to Relax

A hair loss condition known as telogen effluvium can occur when you experience an excessive amount of stress. Stress is a huge factor behind hair loss - just compare shots of presidents and prime ministers before and after their terms!

Stress increases hormones such as cortisol in your system, these can change your entire metabolism and can act to cut short the growth phase in your hair growth cycle, sending your follicles prematurely into a resting phase. So, it makes sense that minimizing stress may help restore your hair to a better condition faster. To start, try resting, exercising, healthy eating, and staying hydrated.

Eat a Nutrient-Rich Diet

Healthy hair is fueled by the same nutrients as the rest of your body. Your hair needs vitamins and minerals like iron, zinc, biotin and B12 to grow strong and thick and shiny. Your body also needs the amino acids and their biochemical precursors to build the proteins, such as keratins that make your hair fibers. You can get these from protein-rich foods such as nuts, eggs, beans, fish, and dairy products.

It’s important to note that when the diet is imbalanced or restricted, the body will conserve energy for vital functions and remove the nutrients from the hair. This can disrupt the hair cycle, leading to increased hair fall and poor hair growth. When nutrients are restricted or imbalanced, hair quality can suffer. Hair shafts grow finer, becoming prone to breakage. A balanced diet is key to maintaining optimal hair growth.

Use Targeted Hair Loss Products

Dealing with thinning or receding hair isn’t fun, so it’s understandable that you want to get on top of the problem as quickly as possible. Early treatment is the most effective way to keep your hair, maintain your style and retain hair quality.

évolis hair saving products are formulated with a unique blend of active botanicals that block the hair cycle disrupting protein (FGF5), which initiates hair fall and slows hair growth. Blocking FGF5 can restore the hair cycle, improve hair growth and prevent hair changes before they have gone too far.

Learn more about hair loss today or shop our collection of hair loss treatments online.



About the Author

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Dr Dominic Burg
PhD, Chief Scientist

Dr Dominic Burg is a biochemist and systems biologist with expertise in hair and scalp biology, particularly hair cycle signalling. An accomplished science communicator with a career spanning academic research and the private sector, Dr Burg is the Chief Scientist for pioneering hair and scalp health leaders évolis.

 

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