- Be Aware And Act Fast: This might seem intuitive, but the best way to prevent hair loss is to spot the signs early on and take action. If you have a family history of balding, have an underlying condition or take medications known to cause hair loss, or work in a high-stress environment, you are more likely to experience hair loss. Know the beginning signs of hair loss so you can act fast.
- Talk To Your Doctor To Rule Out An Underlying Condition: Hair loss can be an indicator that something else is going on. Consult with your doctor to ensure there isn’t something else causing the hair loss.
The Best Methods For Preventing Hair Loss & Stimulating Growth
At the hair restoration center of New Jersey & New York, we stand behind the following treatments and have seen a lot of success with each one. If you want to know how to stop a receding hairline or overall hair loss, contact us to determine which treatment will be best for you.
- Minoxidil - This solution is applied to the scalp and improves follicle strength, growth and quality. Minoxidil is a great preventative hair loss treatment because it works to improve the hair follicles that are in place. If all the hair has fallen out, minoxidil is useless since it has no follicles to work with. You can find over-the-counter versions, but the best formulations will be prescription-strength products that you can get from a dermatologist.
- Finasteride - Similar to Minoxidil, Finasteride works by strengthening hair follicles to improve their overall lifecycle. Again, if you have lost all your hair already, this will not be a viable option since it works on existing follicles. Finasteride only works on men because it targets dihydro-testosterone which is a male hormone responsible for genetic baldness. Consult a hair loss specialist before taking Finasteride since you will need to take it for a long time.
- Plasma Injection - Another excellent early-intervention treatment is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection. Similar to minoxidil, PRP injections require hair follicles to still be present in order to work. The platelets found in your own blood can stimulate new tissue growth and have been found to be an effective hair growth treatment. In order to use PRP, blood must be withdrawn from the patient, and after processing in the centrifuge, the PRP is injected into the thinning area.
- Light Therapy - Also known as laser therapy, light therapy uses safe low-energy lasers to improve circulation and stimulate the hair follicles. This is an excellent noninvasive option and can be highly effective in the beginning stages of hair loss.
- Hair Transplant - While a hair transplant is the most invasive option, it is highly successful. One of the most popular hair transplant methods involves extracting hair from the back of the scalp and replanting the follicles in the affected area. To learn more about surgical hair restoration options, click here.
Styling Tips To Prevent Hair Loss
- Use Gentle Fibers On Wet Hair: Hair is most vulnerable when it is wet, and using a normal towel to dry off after a shower can cause hair damage. Be gentle when drying and use a cotton t-shirt or specialty towel made with soft fibers to prevent breakage.
- Cut Down On Heat Styling: One of the major daily stressors on hair is heat from blow dryers, hair straighteners and other styling devices. What helps female thinning hair, especially in the early stages, is a reduction in heat styling. Heat can damage and break hair. Already thin hair is especially vulnerable. you may need to get creative or use products such as dry shampoo to extend your style. You can also try talking to your hairstylist about no-heat styling techniques. whatever you do, aim to use less heat on your hair than you currently do.
- Avoid Aggressive Brushing: It can be easy to attack knots with a brush, but that aggressive approach can rip hair out of the follicle and cause lasting damage. Instead, always gently brush knots from bottom to top.
- Avoid Tight Hairstyles: Tight ponytails or buns can put extra stress on hair follicles, especially around the crown or hairline. If you are already losing your hair, you may be unknowingly speeding up the process with these tight hairstyles.
We can’t say it enough. The best thing to do to prevent hair loss is to intervene early. consult with your doctor for a more tailored treatment program, or contact us to schedule a hair consultation today!