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How can I Prevent Hair Loss?

Anna T.
Updated Feb 01, 2024
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It might be possible to prevent hair loss by getting an adequate amount of vitamins and minerals every day, either in food or supplement form. Hairdos that pull on the scalp, such as ponytails and cornrows, should also be kept to a minimum. It is possible that chemicals used in hair dye and permanents may also contribute to hair loss, so it might be a good idea not to overly process your hair. A doctor can probably help you determine why your hair is coming out and help you determine what hair loss solutions are best for you.

One of the most important things a person can do to prevent hair loss is make sure he or she is eating the right foods. Protein is important for hair growth and preventing its loss, and it may be best to get protein in the form of lean meats like chicken and fish rather than lots of red meats. Most red meat is very high in fat, and lots of fat can contribute to hair loss. Iron-rich foods like raisins, leafy green vegetables, and whole grain breads may also help to prevent hair loss. Most types of seafood are also very high in zinc, which may also help prevent the loss of hair and promote its regrowth.

Hairstyles that pull on the scalp will cause hair to come out, and over time this can lead to scarring of the hair follicles. When the hair follicles become scarred, hair is not typically able to regrow. People who wear their hair tightly pulled back every day for years tend to have more problems with hair loss than those who do not. Pony tails, buns, and corn rows are probably fine to wear sometimes, but it may be a good idea to give your scalp a break every once in a while to prevent any long-term damage. Additionally, perming and coloring your hair may also be fine occasionally, but may need to be kept to a minimum if you want to prevent hair loss from the chemicals associated with these hairstyling methods.

There are many treatments on the market for both men and women that may help to prevent hair loss, but it is probably a good idea to see your doctor before using anything over the counter. Loss of hair is occasionally a result of hormone changes, illness, and certain medications. Some people, particularly men, lose their hair due to an inherited genetic trait. Your doctor can help you determine exactly why your hair is coming out and then direct you toward the treatment method that may be best for your individual situation.

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Anna T.
By Anna T.
Anna Thurman is a skilled writer who lends her talents to WiseGeek. Her ability to research and present information in an engaging and accessible manner allows her to create content that resonates with readers across a wide range of subjects.
Discussion Comments
By anon965360 — On Aug 11, 2014

I've been on prednisone for two months due to severe Crohn's. I'd like to know when my hair will stop dropping out and more importantly will it come back in time? Is there anyone out there who's had their hair return? It's amazing how crappy mature women look when balding.

By rachelsjulia — On Jun 28, 2013

Hair loss can be due to so many causes environmental, eating habits, improper maintenance, use of wrong products and so on. All problems have solutions you have to see which one relates to your particular problem and take remedial steps to stop the hair loss.

By Jester39 — On Jul 01, 2011

Everyone in my family takes vitamins but I've noticed my husband's hair getting thinner as he gets older.

He asked his doctor how to prevent hair loss and he was told to eat more Vitamin A (green leafy vegetables as well as carrots), Vitamin B (organic eggs, cage-free poultry, and fortified cereals), Iron (broccoli and brewer's yeast) and Omega-3 fatty acids (flaxseed, soy, fish, walnuts) to make sure he's getting the nutrition he needs.

By chrysalis — On Jul 01, 2011

Eating healthier is always beneficial but that alone may not stop genetic or hormonal hair loss.

Generally, a diet that supports both scalp and hair health is rich in protein; vitamins A, B complex and C; minerals such as iron and zinc; and omega-3 fatty acids.

If nutrition is ruled out as the cause of your hair loss, your best bet would then be to see a hair loss specialist to find out if there's anything else you can do.

Anna T.
Anna T.
Anna Thurman is a skilled writer who lends her talents to WiseGeek. Her ability to research and present information in an engaging and accessible manner allows her to create content that resonates with readers across a wide range of subjects.
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