The Ultimate Guide to Healthy Hair and Hair Loss Prevention

Gentlemen, we know why you are here. And we are here to help.

Is your hair no longer as thick as it used to be? Is the hair loss impacting your self-esteem? Are you secretly kissing each strand goodbye? Believe us when we say that we feel you. But you do not have to resign yourself to a life of baldness. That is what we are here for -- your own fairy hairy godfathers! 

Why is this happening to me?

It is not just you, my friend. Hair fall happens to all men. In fact, this occurrence is completely normal.  

Hair naturally goes through a life cycle of growing, resting, and shedding. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), men lose around 50 to 100 hairs daily. And when they hit 40, about half of these men will definitely experience hair loss of some sort, most likely due to hereditary conditions like androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness). 

 

To give you an idea, there are quite a few types of hair loss for men. These include:

  • Androgenic Alopecia – bald spot or general thinning on top of the head, and receding hairline
  • Telogen Effluvium – thinning or increased shedding over the whole scalp
  • Alopecia Areata – one or more bald patches on the scalp that moves, grows or multiplies
  • Traction Alopecia – visible thinning or tiny bald spots
  • Alopecia Totalis / Universalis – entire loss of hair on head or body 

 

Are you experiencing any of the symptoms there? If you are losing hair suddenly, whether in patches or overall thinning, then keep calm and see a doctor. As tempting as it might be to diagnose the cause yourself, a professional is better suited to help you find the culprit of your hair loss and provide you with treatment options.

 

Option 1: Medical Treatments

Yes, gents, you have options now! There have been so many advancements made in the medical world, even in the hair department. Just remember that going this route usually requires a go signal from your doctor. It is also wise to take note of the costs and possible side effects. 

 

Hair Transplants

It's a cosmetic surgery done in an outpatient setting. The procedure can take from 4 to 8 hours, and you may need to undergo several sessions. It could cost anywhere between $3,000 to $15,000. Recovery and post-surgical care are crucial.

    • Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT): Mostly done in smaller areas of treatment, a strip of hair is harvested (usually from the back of the head), then moved and attached to the thinning part of the scalp. Important consideration: it leaves a scar. If you often wear your hair short, this is quite a drawback.
    • Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE): This is a more extended and newer process than FUT where tiny “micro punches” are done to remove single hair follicles from the scalp with minimal scarring. These hair follicles are then transplanted to a new part of the scalp where thinning is visible.

Medications & Supplements

A cheaper and easily acquired option, these are usually taken topically or orally. Side effects are relatively low, but some require prescriptions. Either way, still consult with your health care provider before using any of these:

    • Medications: Depending on the type of hair loss, you may be prescribed with Minoxidil or Finasteride (topical treatments applied daily), or Corticosteroids (prescription treatment for inflammation).
    • Supplements: Consider taking supplements for Vitamin B and collagen. B vitamins (a total of 8 kinds of vitamin B) are essential for overall health. Collagen, as studies suggest, plays an active role in promoting stronger, healthier hair. Consider taking these if your current diet lacks these nutrients.

 

Option 2: Natural Treatments 

While some things in life are out of our hands, others are within our control. Take our lifestyle, for example. With just a few changes in our diet and how we take care of ourselves, we will see positive changes in our hair’s growth and health - this goes out for both men and women.

Here are some important tips you should follow: 

 

You are what you eat

Ever heard of this saying? Well, it is true. What we put in our bodies affects every part of us – our energy level, bodily functions (libido and testosterone included), cell activity, and overall health. This includes our skin and hair health as well.  

  • Vitamin A: This vitamin helps promote the growth and health of your body’s cells and tissues (including the hair and scalp). Some healthy sources are red, yellow, and orange fruits, carrots, dark leafy greens, liver, fish oil, eggs, and fortified milk.
  • Vitamin B: B vitamins carry oxygen from the lungs to tissues in the body, including hair. Eat more protein-rich sources like meat, chicken, fish, eggs, pork, and soybeans. For plant-based sources, have some leafy vegetables, orange juice, avocado, beets, broccoli, wheat germ, and fortified cereals.
  • Vitamin C: Essential to producing natural collagen, it’s that connective tissue that holds body tissues together (such as your hair).  Get your required C’s by eating oranges, berries, melons, peppers, dark green leafy vegetables, and tomatoes.

 

  • Zinc: Zinc is vital when it comes to hair tissue growth, repair, and oil glands. A zinc deficiency is even linked to hair loss. So do eat a lot of nuts, fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds, and lentils. 
  • Protein: Hair is primarily made up of protein. And lack of protein can result in weak, brittle hair and loss of hair color. Pump up your protein intake by including food like eggs, lean meat, nuts, and seeds, or beans and legumes in your diet. How much protein you really need depends on your weight and activity level. 
  • Water: Every cell in your system cannot function without water. Make sure to hydrate by drinking at least 2 liters (or more) of clean and filtered water daily. Proper hydration is essential for healthy hair.  

We know this may be a lot to take in and consider. But eating all the aforementioned food groups will help you reach optimal health that will do wonders for those tresses. You may also take multivitamins as well to help you reach your daily nutrient intake. 

 

Learn the basics of hair care

 

There is no 3-in-1 solution applicable for all men, we are afraid. Our needs and preferences vary, even in haircare. Here are a few things to consider:

  • What is your hair like: How come some products work for you while others do not? It is not a matter of luck or price range, but a matter of using products created specifically for your hair’s type and texture. Find out yours to ensure your strands always look and feel their best.
  • How often you wash: This may come as a surprise, but the notion of washing your hair infrequently is a myth. This rings especially true if you have fine or straight hair. Even truer if your lifestyle includes working out or playing sports regularly. Sweat leads to excess oil buildup, which weakens the hair shaft, leading to the growth of unhealthy hair. ALWAYS wash your hair after a workout. You don't want those bad boys (aka sweat, bacteria, dirt) lingering in your scalp. That's not sexy at all! 
  • Choosing the right shampoo + conditioner: Do not be lazy in picking just any shampoo you get your hands on as most contain harsh chemicals that cause significant, lasting damage. Use one like our Bio-Pixilin Shampoo and Conditioner packed with active, all-natural ingredients. It strengthens and rebuilds damaged hair as it cleans your scalp. 

 

Lifestyle Changes

Your lifestyle contributes mainly to your hair health. If you want to keep as much hair as you want on your heads, you have to make an effort. Sounds a lot like a relationship, doesn't it? If you are as committed to these changes as you are with your woman, these small sacrifices will be worth it:

 

  • Quit the cigarettes: If you smoke, do yourself a favor and quit. Smoking, like drinking, leads to poor body circulation. The added pollution in the air also encourages hair loss. Then there are a number of other negative health side effects to think about, too. It is time to drop the habit!
  • Wear a hat when outdoors: The sun’s UV rays can damage your hair. Shocker, right? Overexposure to UV radiation causes hair to lose proteins and weaken over time. Protect your hair and scalp against the sun by wearing a hat each time you head out. If you already have a thin head of hair, apply sunscreen, too!

 

The takeaway

If you have made it this far, gentlemen, give yourself a pat on the back! Arming yourself with this knowledge gives you that fighting chance to save your precious tresses and make it healthier than it was before. From changing products, diet, and switching to better habits, just apply these new lifestyle changes, and you shall soon see the difference in your hair and scalp. 

Remember, hair loss does not have to be permanent. You do not have to be bald once you reach a certain age. Soon, you will find yourself (and your hair) in the greatest condition you have ever been!

Try our 3-Step Hair Growth Routine here

 

Written by Anne Reyes

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