Hello my fellow hair loss valetudinarian, my name is Zeke and I am proud to say that I have had a relatively successful journey in overcoming hair loss. I want to help you achieve that same success; it feels awesome.
Although I haven’t completely restored my hairline to where it was when I was 15, I have recovered from a Norwood 3-4 to a Norwood 1-2. But this transformation didn’t happen overnight, and neither will yours. It has taken me nearly six years to get to this point, and it was not smooth sailing by any stretch of the imagination.
I have made many mistakes, tried many different treatments, and ultimately spent the last six years learning and understanding exactly what it takes for me to overcome hair loss. In doing so I have been able to create a regimen (that is still ever evolving) for myself that is very effective.
Hundreds, possibly thousands of hours of research spent picking apart various articles and studies is just the tip of the iceberg in my journey (you learn very quickly that, at least when it comes to hair loss, there is a lot of BS floating around the internet). But, throughout the entirety of my journey I have learned a lot not just about treatments, but also about many of the other important aspects of overcoming hair loss.
I am writing this article because I believe that a lot of people behind the companies/mainstream media that are offering advice about hair loss online have not actually endured the process themselves. I thoroughly believe that there is something to be said for the takeaways that a person gets from dealing with/trying to overcome hair loss on a day to day basis. Having done just that, there are three critical pieces of advice that I have been fortunate enough to discover, and that I would like to share with my fellow hair loss sufferers that I believe will be very helpful in your journey as you undergo the physical and mental stress of trying to get your hair back.
Let’s begin with the first piece of advice.
Number one: use more than one treatment for gosh sakes!
Although this may seem obvious to some, I fear that a lot of people, myself included at one point, think that using one hair loss treatment is sufficient. It’s not. Although it may be the case for a select few, the majority of people are not going to have much success using only one treatment.
The general public is not very educated about how hair loss works and the various ways that treatments work to counteract it. I have written an article that dives into more detail on this (here) but there are some key takeaways that I will mention.
Essentially, what it boils down to is two things: blood flow and DHT.
DHT is what causes hair loss, and decreased blood flow is the result of it. In order to overcome hair loss you need to address both of these issues. This is where a lot of people fall short: they will a hair loss treatment like finasteride (blocks DHT) or Rogaine (increases blood flow) without using another treatment in conjunction with it. You can significantly improve your results by using, at bare minimum, both a treatment that’s blocks DHT and a treatment that improves blood flow.
Although like I said, that is just the bare minimum. I highly suggest that you use several treatments in conjunction with one another to get the best results (explore our blog to learn about all of the different options).
Number two: don’t neglect the mental aspects of dealing with hair loss
Again, I have written and in-depth article about this subject (here) that dives into how researchers have found links between hair loss and depression, anxiety, and several other conditions.
One of the worst things that you can do is try to suppress the inevitable mental strain that hair loss is going to put on you.
No one wants to lose their hair. One of the reasons that hair loss is so stressful is because it is out of your control, but how you respond to it is in your control. It can be very overwhelming at times, but suppressing the negative feelings will not only make you feel worse in the end, but it can even potentially worsen hair loss (due to stress). Instead, it is crucial that you find healthy ways to deal with it.
Eating right and exercising are always the best ways to do so. They make you feel good about yourself and exercise even releases endorphins that counteract stress. But, beyond the obvious, there are countless other things you can do including meditation, counseling, and more. Just don’t make the mistake that I, and countless others before me have made of not addressing the mental side of hair loss. Overcoming it is just as much mental as it is physical.
Number three: the three pillars of hair loss success
The three pillars of hair loss success are essentially three virtues that are extremely important, which is why I preach them throughout my brand on a pretty consistent basis. They are: consistency, discipline, and patience, and each is very important for different reasons.
You must stay consistent with your treatments in order to achieve success.
Most hair loss treatments have short half-lives, meaning that they only stay active in your system for a short amount of time (of course this is a generalization, it depends on the treatment). This means that to get the most out of them you, generally, will have to use them every day, and most likely at around the same time every day.
If you are inconsistent you will not be getting as much out of the treatments as you could and your hair could suffer as a result.
Also, practicing consistency ans sticking to a schedule is a good virtue to adopt as it will positively impact other areas of your life.
Similar to consistency, but also different in many ways, discipline is another virtue that is very important.
Discipline does not mean just using treatments on a daily basis, it also means keeping up to date with hair loss news, proactively keeping a positive mindset, being adamant about trying new treatments, and keeping hair loss, at least partially, in the back of your mind at all times. Without going overboard, it is important that you are always aware of how your hair could be affected by thing such as sunlight, or chlorine for example, and keeping up to date with new information/treatments. This will help ensure that you are not slacking in any areas and allow you, just as I did, to achieve a much higher degree of success with your treatments.
Plus, just like consistency, it is a virtue that will undoubtedly benefit other aspects of your life.
The last, and possibly most important virtue.
So many hair loss “rookies”, for lack of a better term, give up on their treatments way to easily. Overcoming hair loss is not a process that happens overnight, and even if there was a miracle treatment that could regrow all of your hair 100% guaranteed, it probably would still take a long time to work because of the inherent way that hair works.
Hair has to complete growth cycles and go through phases of growth, rest, and transition. Your hair also needs to shed and complete several cycles before it can be transformed from a dying hair back into a healthy hair. This process can take months, sometimes years, depending on the person.
Giving up preemptively is a mistake that I commonly made early on. I thought that I was unlucky and wasn’t responding to treatments, when in reality I might have been and they may have been working but I just didn’t realize it. The stark reality is that, when you are trying new treatments, you need to wait for a minimum of 6 months to assess if you are responding well or not, but ideally closer to a year.
If you can master the art of patience, I can almost 100% guarantee that your journey to overcoming hair loss will be less stressful and more successful.
Although some of the points may seem obvious, they are often overlooked, which is unfortunate because they were crucial to my success, and would likely contribute to many other people’s success.
Instead of overlooking them like so many do, make it a point to remember them and implement them on a daily basis. If you can successfully do that you will be putting yourself way ahead of most people that are trying to beat hair loss.
On a final note, even though I have come a long way in my regrowth, I still believe that there is always more to learn and I want for myself, and you the reader, to keep striving to improve. It will pay off in the end.