Typically, someone who wants to overcome hair loss is going to use hair loss treatments… I mean it makes sense. The route most men take is that they see their doctor and get a finasteride prescription, to which many also opt to use topical minoxidil alongside it. But the problem is that their efforts stop there.
There are many hair loss treatments available, several of which can be highly effective, but what if I told you that in order to overcome your hair loss you are going to need to do more than the bare minimum? You need to implement healthy habits.
If you want to get your luscious locks back there are several habits that should be utilized. In this article we are going to be discussing five of the most important habits, each of which is important in its own way for helping stop hair loss and aid in regrowth.
Habits that will help you overcome hair loss
Beyond using treatments, there are many factors that are important to consider in regards to your hair health.
How you take care of your hair can have a huge impact on your degree of success in stopping the progression of hair loss and regrowth. So, now let’s dive into five different habits that will help your hair reach its full potential.
Firstly on the list is making sure you implement good shower habits. There are several things that are important to consider in regards to showering.
The first is that you always want to rinse your hair with cold water.
Hot water can suck the moisture from your hair and scalp and leave it dry and irritated. It also strips the natural oils that protect your hair follicles.
Instead, opting to use cold water can help avoid the problems that come with using hot water. Also, cold water has been shown to improve circulation (1) to the scalp which may aid in regrowth and tighten the cuticle which locks in moisture and prevents breakage. Cold water is the way to go!
The second thing you need to be mindful of when showering is how you dry your hair afterwards.
Instead of rubbing your hair vigorously until it's dry you should be gently patting it dry. Rubbing your hair can pull it out and damage it because it is more prone to damage when it’s wet. Also, make sure you don’t brush wet hair, studies have shown that it can accelerate hair loss (2).
Lastly, do not shower, or at the very least shampoo, everyday.
Taking a break between shampoo sessions gives your hairs natural oils to replenish. This is important because they give hair moisture.
Also, make sure you use a hair loss-friendly shampoo that is free of harsh chemicals. I recommend Lipogaine.
If you want to learn more about good showering habits click here.
There are many hair loss treatments that aim to increase blood flow. This is because it is one of the most important aspects of hair regrowth, but it may be beneficial to implement a couple of habits that help increase blood flow instead of relying solely on a treatment.
Namely, the two primary ways that you can mechanically stimulate blood flow are scalp massages and the inversion method.
First let's talk about scalp massages.
The concept is pretty simple: you perform two 10-20 minute massages daily in areas that are affected by hair loss (i.e. temples and crown). Scalp massages have been shown in multiple scientific studies to help improve hair growth due to the blood flow-promoting effects. They can make a huge difference in your rate of growth and have helped many people already.
Learn more about scalp massages here.
Second is the inversion method.
The inversion method is also a simple concept: you hang upside down so that your head is below your heart for roughly 5 minutes a day. This allows blood to rush to the scalp and provide the benefits for hair growth.
Learn more about the inversion method here.
Limiting sunlight exposure
The next habit on the list is making sure you don’t overexpose your hair to sunlight.
A little bit of sunlight is good because it supplies your hair and scalp with vitamin D, but too much sunlight can weaken the protein structure of the hair, dry it out, cause discoloration and more. Sunlight also causes oxidative stress, which is when free radicals (molecules with unpaired electrons) scrounge the body and steal electrons from molecules in the hair and scalp. Oxidative stress has been shown to cause premature graying and accelerated hair loss (3).
It is best to try and limit your hairs exposure to an hour or less a day so that you can reap the benefits while avoiding the pitfalls of overexposure.
Learn all about how the sun affects your hair here.
Next up is something that everyone knows they should do, but many people don’t do enough: drink water.
Besides many of the health benefits for your body, drinking water can also benefit your hair.
Water is very important for keeping the cells throughout the body running efficiently, including those in the hair and scalp. By activating energy sensitive nerve endings in the roots of your hair water can help promote growth.
Water is also very important for keeping your body clean. When you drink enough water it helps flush toxins out of your body. These toxins can negatively affect the scalp causing things such as irritation, inflammation, dandruff and more, all of which contribute to an unhealthy environment for hair growth. Therefore, getting rid of these toxins is very important, and simply drinking enough water can help immensely.
Lastly, dehydration can negatively impact the hair and scalp. When you are dehydrated your scalp can become dry and may lead to itchiness and other issues such as dandruff.
Check out how drinking water affects your hair more in depth here.
Remain conscious of delicacy
The last habit that you are going to want to implement is simply remaining conscious of the fact that regrowing your hair is a delicate process.
Apart from all of the habits we just discussed, being generally cautious and protective of your hair can be very beneficial for regrowth. This is because the hair that you are trying to regrow is called vellus hair. Vellus hair is the thin, unpigmented, short hair that, when you have hair loss, normally takes the place of your healthy hair before you go completely bald. When using treatments (and these habits) you are trying to nurture vellus hair back to life.
But vellus hair is very delicate, which is why most of these habits are geared toward protecting your hair. Avoid scratching, brushing too frequently, using harsh chemicals and styling tools, and just generally try to keep your vellus hair protected if you want to have success in overcoming hair loss.
If you are able to successfully implement these habits into your routine and remain consistent in your practice of them you will likely increase your chances of having success in stopping and reversing hair loss.