If you’re experiencing some balding, you’ve probably noticed that it is a lot harder to grow your hair back than it is to stop your hair from vanishing. Slow the erosion of your hairline with these four dermatologist-approved strategies.
- Meditation and Exercise
In balding men, periods of rapid shedding are often brought on by stress. The reason? Stress floods your body with the hormone cortisol, and then other hormone levels fluctuate in response, says Melissa Piliang, MD, a hair-loss expert at Cleveland Clinic.
If you’re predisposed to balding, this can speed the process. To better control your stress, you might want to try traditional meditation or, if that’s not your thing, an active meditation regimen such as yoga or tai chi. Or just commit to getting in better shape.
A 2015 study in PLOS One found that older men with a high level of cardio respiratory fitness release 42 percent less cortisol throughout the day than unfit men do. The stress hormone has been linked to all sorts of diseases.
Minoxidil probably won’t restore what’s lost, but it can help you hold on to what’s left and even help you regrow a bit. The topical med increases blood flow as well as oxygen and nutrient delivery to the follicle. This can cause irritation and leave a greasy coating on your hair, so opt for the 5 percent foam, says Dr Piliang. Rub it into your scalp in the morning and again at night for the most benefit.
- Laser Devices
Besides minoxidil, laser devices are the only other hair-loss treatment cleared in recent years by the FDA. The devices can usually be purchased for $200 to $900.
In the largest study, published in 2014 in the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, men who zapped their scalp three times a week saw a significant increase in hair density after 26 weeks.
A theory is that lasers have an antioxidant effect on hair follicles. However, before you run out and buy a bunch of combs, remember that “hair growth” doesn’t really mean “hair that other people can see.”
You will likely feel a difference, though, which may have a placebo effect on your confidence. Medici Capelli a Hair Loss Clinic in Gold Coast & Brisbane specialise in hair loss and hair loss solutions including laser treatment.
- Vitamin D
A British Journal of Dermatology study reported that people with alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder that causes hair loss, were three times as likely to be D deficient as those with healthy hair.
To jumpstart your follicles, she recommends taking 2,000 IU a day of vitamin D3, especially in winter when you’re exposed to less sunlight. But avoid roasting your bald spot in the sun to boost your vitamin D intake. That might result in a much bigger problem.
“Men should be very careful about sun exposure on a balding scalp since it’s a common location for skin cancers,” Dr Piliang warns.