Preventing Hair Loss in Men: A Comprehensive Guide
It’s no secret that hair plays a crucial role in defining one's identity and can significantly impact your self-esteem and confidence. But did you know that beyond its aesthetic importance, hair health can also be indicative of one's overall health, with changes in hair texture, thickness, or loss potentially signaling underlying health issues? These reasons are why it’s important to give your hair the head start it needs - it could boost your self confidence, and could give warning to oncoming health issues.
Androgenetic Alopecia: The Most Common Cause
Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA), commonly known as male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness, is a hereditary and gradual form of hair loss that occurs in both men and women. It is characterized by a specific pattern of hair thinning or baldness, typically starting at the temples and crown in men and dispersed thinning over the top of the scalp in women. According to the National Library of Medicine, “ This condition affects up to 50 percent of males and females and is characterized by progressive loss of terminal hair of the scalp any time after puberty.”
There are various other types of hair loss, including hair loss as the result of nutritional deficiencies, hormonal changes, or traction alopecia, a common type of hair loss as the result of pulled-back hairstyles, due to the constant pulling or tension on the hair. Hair loss can also be the result of unhealthy, flaky, or dry scalp conditions, resulting in a weakening of the follicles. Thankfully, whatever the cause, there is usually hope for the slowing or stopping of hair loss.
Hair loss can manifest in various ways, and the signs and symptoms can differ based on the underlying cause. Some easily identifiable early warning signs include:
The stages of male pattern baldness happen gradually, and it is best to take action at the onset. At first, your healthy head of hair will likely begin to recede at the hairline. Over time, it will become more evident, resulting in an “m” shape to the hairline above the forehead and behind the temples. More often than not, the next step is crown thinning, where a bald or thin spot may begin to appear on the top of your head. Over time, this bald area may expand to meet your receding hairline. This will ultimately result in the vast majority of the top of a man’s head to become bald, most often (but not always) leaving a ring of hair around the sides of the head. There is no exact process for male pattern baldness - the experience can be different for everyone, and can happen at various stages of life.
- Nutritional/Lifestyle Changes: A proper diet rich in nutrients and protein is essential to help stave off hair loss. After all, hair itself is made of a type of protein called keratin. By consuming enough protein, you’re giving your hair a better chance to thrive. Reducing stress and increasing your sleep can also be beneficial, as these factors allow for your hormonal cycle to stay regular and balanced- cortisol, known as the stress hormone, can easily disrupt your hormonal cycle and lead to hair loss.
- Hair Care Regimens: Wash your hair regularly, but don’t overwash, as your scalp produces moisturizing oils for both your follicles and your hair itself. By stripping it too frequently, you’re depriving your hair of an essential defense mechanism, leaving it open to damage. Be gentle when brushing or combing, and be sure to avoid harsh chemicals in your soaps and water. (Hey, the Jolie Filtered Showerhead can help with that!)
- Natural Remedies: There are various natural remedies that can help strengthen your hair, follicles, and scalp, all without breaking the bank. Essential oils, for instance, can be a complete game-changer.
- Rosemary oil is great for follicle strengthening and promoting hair growth, but be careful - it’s potent, and overuse can result in a dry scalp. Gentle scalp massages can also help stimulate growth, but again - be gentle and kind, don’t overdo it.
The Jolie Filtered Showerhead can completely revitalize your hair, scalp, and routine - its purifying properties promote a shower experience like you’ve never had, in order to increase your relaxation and vitality. You never really know what’s in your municipal water source, and the contaminants found can have numerous detrimental effects on your skin and scalp. By filtering out harsh chemicals like chlorine, the Jolie Filtered Showerhead prevents the contamination of your skin, scalp, and hair, giving it a better chance to flourish. Jolie also reduces the mineral and metal content of your shower water, which will prevent buildup from occurring on your scalp, which can choke out your scalp’s ability to nourish your hair and follicles naturally.
Think of your scalp like the soil in a garden, and your hair as the plants you’re growing - by providing heavy metals, chlorine and chemicals, and various other contaminants to your plants, you’re depriving them of the ability to thrive. By giving them pure water and nutrients, as well as a healthy light routine, they will grow healthy, strong and tall. The same goes for your scalp and hair - by nourishing your body and scalp, your hair will grow strong from the source, and will be less brittle over time. A Jolie Filtered Showerhead, set at the right temperature and the perfect water pressure, will cleanse and revitalize your scalp, providing the first step on the road to hair loss recovery.
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