What Can You Do to Prevent Hair Loss?
The cause of most hair loss is genetic. There is a gene
you received from your mother that causes your hair follicles
to die when you get an accumulation of DHT a metabolite
of ?testosterone. When the follicle dies, the hair falls out,
and thats that.
The only way to prevent genetic hair loss is to go back in
time and select different ancestors. When you work out how
to do that, let me know and we'll both make our fortune!
So, in the majority of cases you cannot prevent hair loss.
However, hair?loss can be caused by a correctable problem.
In these instances, treating the underlying problem will not
only slow down the hair loss, but will als o?encourage hair
already lost to grow back.
The sex hormones of both male and female have an effect on
hair growth, and when these hormones get out of balance you
can lose hair. This happens most commonly in women whenever
?they have reproductive changes, such as menarche, pregnancy,
childbirth or menopause. With normal changes like these, the
problem will correct itself when ?hormone levels stabilize.
Sometimes, though, your hormones may need to be regulated
Another hormone imbalance that causes hair loss is hypothyroidism.
Having your ?thyroid checked, and then taking medication if
needed, will prevent hair loss from low thyroid hormones.
You may find that some medications cause hair loss. Blood
thinners, gout medications, birth?control pills and anti-depressants
are among the chief culprits. If you start to notice excessive
hair loss within the first few months after starting a new
medication, talk to your ?doctor about it. They may change
the medication to discourage or prevent hair loss from happening.
Adults are rarely bothered by any fungal infections of the
scalp, but it can be a cause of ?temporary hair loss in infants
and children. Immediate treatment of these scalp infections
when they first appear will prevent hair loss of this kind.
Tightly braiding your hair, as in cornrows, can cause hair
loss owing to the constant traction on the hair follicle.
When the follicle becomes damaged, you will ?lose hair. This
is usually only temporary, but if the problem goes on long
enough the hair follicles will become scarred. If this happens,
they wont grow new ?hair. You can prevent this type
of hair loss in two ways:
1) by keeping the braids loose, or
2) by not leaving them in for excessively long periods of
Permanents and hair dyes can also cause inflammation or damage
to hair follicles. ?To prevent hair loss from hair care products,
you should always follow all package directions completely,
or have a qualified hair care professional carry out the operation.
You may not be able to prevent hair loss thats genetic,
but you can prevent hair loss that has ?some underlying cause.
All you need to do is find out what the cause is and correct
it. Usually, that will involve a trip to see your doctor so
that they can ?determine if you have a problem thats
causing your hair loss. Even if you cant prevent your
hair from falling out, you can find treatments and remedies
that will help ?your hair grow back and appear thicker. Most
hair loss cant be prevented, but it can be managed.
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