Hair is part of the human body and it is affected by whatever it is that dads could be struggling with. Christopher Britton suggests taking control of not just your physical appearance, but also your overall health and wellness. Here are his thoughts.
Hair loss can happen to anyone of any age and background. It can even strike dads who do not consider themselves particularly vain. Nevertheless, thinning hair and baldness can have the same devastating effects on them. The loss of their hair can adversely impact their healthy sense of self, especially in a society where a head filled with hair of is a standard.
More than helping you look and feel good about yourself, the condition of your hair is an important indicator of your health in general. After all, hair is part of the human body and it is affected by whatever it is that people could be struggling with. Take control of not just your physical appearance, but also your overall health and wellness. Know more about why you should take hair health seriously, what could cause hair loss, what warning signs to look out for, and what hair loss treatments and restorations will suit you.
Why You Should Start Monitoring The Condition of Your Hair
Most cases of hair loss are hereditary as these result from the genes that one inherits not just from their parents, but from older generations as well. Hormonal changes in men’s and women’s bodies can also disrupt normal hair growth. This is seen in women who have just given birth or are experiencing menopause as well as in men whose testosterones produce more dihydrotestosterone (DHT) than usual, cutting off the nutrients that are crucial for hair growth.
However, if you are dealing with a health problem, know that certain medications such as anti-depressant, cholesterol-lowering drugs, and blood pressure regulators could be the reason behind your thinning hair and baldness.
One more reason why you should monitor your hair health is to know if you have any underlying health issues that need immediate medical attention. These include scalp conditions like fungal infections, illnesses such as lupus, anemia, hypothyroidism, or polycystic ovarian syndrome, and autoimmune diseases like alopecia areata, where your immune system attacks your own body.
Lastly, your hair loss could be the result of your lifestyle choices and how you take care of yourself. Smoking, stress, poor nutrition, bad sleeping patterns, and so on can trigger hair loss. Moreover, too much hair styling products, excessive use of blow dryers, and extreme hairstyles where the hair is tightly pulled back can damage your locks. These can eventually lead to hair loss.
What Constitutes As Normal Hair Loss And What Should You Consider As A Red Flag
The human hair grows in cycles where old strands fall and are replaced by new ones. With this, hair fall is a natural thing that most people should not be alarmed with. However, if you shed more than about 100 strands each day or if you notice that the new hair grows thinner, take it as a warning signal and consult your doctor as soon as possible. Other red flags include a receding hairline and bald spots especially on the crown of your head.
What Hair Loss Treatment And Restoration Options Can Help You
Hair loss treatment and restoration costs can put a dent on one’s budget. Aside from avoiding wasting money on ineffective treatments, you need to make the right choice to address your hair and health concerns. Consult with a doctor who can help you get to the roots of your hair loss problem. He or she will ask you about your medical history, lifestyle, habits, and so on. You may also have to undergo battery tests.
Going inside a doctor’s clinic because of hair loss and going home knowing that you have an underlying illness can be disheartening. However, keep in mind that you can get your hair — and health — back by following up on your doctor visits.
If the hair loss is due to hormonal changes, for instance, the amount of estrogen suddenly drops after giving birth, waiting it out until hair growth returns to normal will usually do. On the other hand, if the changes in your hormones are caused by smoking or stress, you will have to cease smoking and start reducing stress to healthy levels.
Since hair loss is also brought by nutrition deficiency and lack of sleep, you will do best by cutting back on poor eating and sleeping habits. Remember, a healthy body grows healthy hair. You may also want to assess if your hair styling routine subjects your hair to excessive amounts of chemicals and pressure. Tone it down as necessary.
For the appearance of thicker hair, there are hairstyles that will cover your bald patches and hair pieces like wigs to match your look. If you want long-term solutions, you can opt for minoxidil, a topical treatment, finasteride, an oral prescription, or both. These two medications for hair loss inhibit DHT and other hormones that hinder healthy hair growth and at the same time, stimulate your hair follicles.
However, you will have to continue using these medications if you don’t want hair loss to come back. More importantly, be aware that minoxidil and finasteride both have their share of possible side effects so discuss this with your doctor.
Lastly, if you are willing to invest in your hair and are in need of a permanent and no-maintenance solution, consider undergoing a hair transplant. This surgical procedure entails removing your hair follicles with healthy hair growth — referred to as donor hair — and putting them into your bald spots. In time, the new transplants as well as the spots where your donor hair came from will give you a fuller head of hair.
Since this involves a surgery — and a life-changing one — NuHart Philippines’ blog recommends that you equip yourself with all the facts that you need to know about hair restoration. With this, do your own homework to weigh the possible risks, consequences, and costs of a hair transplant. To find the expert who will make your hair transplant a success, start with reputable medical associations of hair restoration doctors so you can begin making a shortlist of your prospect hair restoration clinics.
Taking hair health seriously should not be limited to vanity purposes. The condition of your hair can give you the tell-tale signs regarding your health that you need to address in the soonest time as possible. Start monitoring your hair and enjoy not just good looks, but also great health.
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