Here are some of the most common forms of non-genetic loss of hair, and the steps that you can take to prevent hair loss or damage:
- Stress and trauma are some of the leading factors in not-genetic hair loss in women and men. Keeping stress levels as low as possible is therefore essential – try stress-busting activities such as yoga, meditation or massage to retain calm and balance in your life, and seek help if you are undergoing any trauma or major anxiety.
- Medication can have drastic effects on hair, so take caution if you are taking medicine such as Vitamin A, testosterone products, beta blockers, certain antidepressants or certain cholesterol-lowering agents. Speak to your doctor if you are unsure, and find out if there are any alternative treatment options to consider.
- Harsh chemicals or products such as chlorine, hair dyes and perming solution can damage hair follicles, while over-use of hairdryers and straighteners can also harm hair and increase breakage and hair loss over time.
- Diet plays a very important role in maintaining healthy hair, so eating foods rich in calcium and protein will help prevent hair from falling out. Regular intake of water is also essential. Supplements such as Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3), Pantothenic Acid (B5), Biotin (B7), Cobalamin (B12) and Pyridoxine (B6) are also known to aid in the prevention of balding.
While the methods listed above will help you retain your healthy head of hair for longer, in the case of hereditary loss of hair there is almost nothing that can be done to prevent hair from falling out. There are however, a number of hair loss treatment options available; all of which aim to restore your hair to its former glory through cutting-edge treatments.