Did you know that August is National Hair Loss Awareness month! Millions of men—and women—suffer from hair loss. And while a lot of the reasons are genetic-based, there may be actions you can take to prevent or lessen its occurrence. If your hair loss is sudden and unexplained, contact your doctor. If this is something you’ve been dealing with for years, you may only need a consultation with your cosmetologist.
Your hair is a direct reflection of your health and vitality so if you notice your hair thinning you need to take action. Whether you’ve always had a full head of hair and this is a new condition or if you’ve secretly battled with it for years, here a few ways to prevent hair loss:
Address Hair Loss Right Away
Even if your hair is not necessarily falling out but maybe just breaking more than normal take note! The longer you wait to get help, the harder it can be to restore your hair to its natural thickness and beauty. The chance of treating the problem effectively also increases the earlier you seek help.
Look at Your Lifestyle
Hair loss can be caused by many factors, from your genetics to physical and mental health issues. Because hair thinning is often hereditary, talk to family members first to see if other people have also suffered from the condition.
Both men and women can experience hair loss because of genetics and lifestyle factors like smoking, heavy drinking, and even something as simple as over styling your hair. Women are more likely to notice loss of hair because of hormones. Some women experience hair loss or thinning during or after menopause and after pregnancy. And some 30 million women in this country have hereditary hair loss.
Get Professional Help
Make sure to get help from a doctor or dermatologist who specializes in hair loss. While you may be embarrassed at first, you’re not alone. Be open and honest with your doctor and give them as many details as possible. Without a full picture, your care provider won’t be able to diagnose and recommend an effective treatment plan. Your hair loss might be caused by diet or vitamin deficiencies. It might be because you’re going through an emotional time and that’s the way your body handles stress. Find out. If there are no medical reasons causing your hair loss, a licensed cosmetologist can take a look at what you do with your hair that isn’t good for it. Are you over styling? Do you use damaging products? Find out!
Keep Up the Good Work
Just like working out and eating right keeps you in shape, if you want your hair to be healthy, you need to stick with your treatment plan. If your hair loss is a result of a lack of certain nutrients from your diet, you may need to take supplements to help your body so that your hair will look its best. If you don’t stick with a good routine, you may end up right back to where you started.
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