If you are predisposed to balding, there are some ways to slow the process and even grow lost hair back. Some men think there isn’t much they could do once balding begins. They believe they are destined to wear hats and avoid mirrors for the rest of their lives. Luckily, these proven methods shatter those beliefs.
Manage Your Stress
For balding men, stress could trigger periods of rapid hair shedding. Excessive stresscauses the body to increase production of the stress hormone cortisol. This affects other hormone levels in the body and speeds the balding process.
There are many ways to address stress in your life. Two proven methods are exercise and meditation. Ever hit the gym or go for a run after a tough day? Not only do you feel better mentally and physically, but it also lowers the cortisol levels in your body.
Regular meditation is another stress-busting habit that calms the mind and body and lowers stress hormones. Not sure how to start? There are several smartphone apps to teach, track, and remind you to meditate. If sitting quietly trying to find Zen doesn’t sound right for you, try more active meditation practices like yoga or tai chi.
Try swapping your shampoo with one that contains 1 percent ketoconazole. These are typically marketed as anti-dandruff shampoos, but the active ingredient also plays a part in blocking hormone conversions that shrink hair follicles.
These shampoos are over-the-counter products and relatively inexpensive. Doctors can also prescribe a stronger 2 percent ketoconazole version. Using this product is easy and not much different than regular shampooing.
Many men have turned to Minoxidil (Rogaine) to stop their hair loss. This is a topical medication designed to increase oxygen and blood flow to hair follicles. If you are starting to notice signs of balding, consider trying Minoxidil as soon as possible. It helped many men keep the hair they have and even regrow hair.
Rogaine is a relatively inexpensive treatment option, but you will need to keep using it to retain your hair.
These conventional methods have helped many men struggling with hair loss. Talk to your doctor or a hair restoration specialist to learn more how these products could work for you.