Kickstart Your Hair Growth
If your hair doesn’t seem to be growing at the rate it’s supposed to, you may be dealing with any of a wide array of problems.
Factors like stress, diet, hormones, and more can all affect the way your hair grows. In addition, conditions like androgenic alopecia, also known as pattern baldness, can lead to significant hair loss through the constriction of your hair follicles. If you are dealing with a condition like androgenic alopecia, or if aspects of your lifestyle are less than ideal, you can quickly see your hair growth take a turn for the worst.
While hair loss and slow, sporadic growth are frustrating, they’re also preventable. In this article, we’ll walk you through five of the best ways to boost hair growth.
1. Eat a Nutrient-Dense Diet
What you eat can have a profound impact on your hair.
Your hair needs nutrients to stay healthy and strong, and healthy, strong hair grows fuller, thicker, and faster. If you’re not satisfied with the way your hair is growing, your diet may be playing a role in your lackluster growth. Nutrient deficiencies can have a major negative impact on your hair, and can even cause hair loss in some cases.
Nutrients like iron, zinc, biotin, vitamin D, and more are all essential for maintaining healthy hair and keeping your locks growing at an optimal rate. You can get these important vitamins and minerals from dietary sources, but it may also be beneficial to include a high-quality supplement in your daily routine. That way, you’ll have a strong defense against nutrient deficiencies.
If you think that a nutrient deficiency might be contributing to your hair growth issues, make sure to talk to your doctor. A healthcare professional can determine if you are lacking in any vitamins or minerals through a blood test. Getting bloodwork done can help you determine which nutrients you need to get more of through your diet and supplement regimen.
In most cases, the symptoms of a nutrient deficiency – including hair loss – go away once your nutrient levels are back on track. If your hair loss persists, make sure to follow up with your doctor about other possible treatment options.
2. Reduce Stress
There are plenty of stressors in everyday life. Your job, relationship, responsibilities, chores, bills, and more can all trigger a spiral of anxiety and overwhelm. The stress of everyday life can negatively affect hair growth, and it’s also not good for your overall health.
To keep your hair – and the rest of you – as healthy as possible, it’s essential to take whatever steps you can to reduce the amount of stress in your life.
High stress levels can trigger the release of cortisol, a hormone that can have a shrinking effect on your hair follicles. Excess cortisol can lead to the development of telogen effluvium. This form of hair loss is often temporary, and is usually directly linked to high stress. Getting your stress levels under control tends to reverse any hair loss caused by telogen effluvium. However, the condition can still be frustrating, troublesome, and difficult to deal with.
If you are experiencing stress-related hair loss, you can benefit greatly from taking these simple, practical steps towards a stress-free life:
While it may take some sacrifices and effort to reduce the stressors in your life, it’s worth it for the sake of your hair and your overall health. Stress can have devastating effects on your body, and it’s worth any effort you have to put in to minimize its impact in any way possible.
3. Add DHT-Blocking Ingredients to Your Hair Care Routine
If you are struggling to maintain full, thick, healthy hair, you may need to level up your hair care regimen.
One of the most common causes of hair loss is a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
DHT is an androgen, a member of a family of hormones that regulate masculine physical characteristics in the bodies of both men and women. DHT levels begin surging during puberty, when the hormone helps your body undergo dramatic physical changes.
However, your body’s DHT levels can continue increasing long after you’ve exited adolescence. The continued increase in DHT levels can sabotage hair growth as you get older, as the hormone can have a shrinking effect on your hair follicles over time.
The hair loss caused by increasing levels of DHT is known as androgenic alopecia, or pattern baldness. This form of hair loss is extremely common, affecting over half of men over 50 and over a quarter of women over 50. The condition also affects many younger adults, sometimes developing as early as a person’s 30s.
If you suspect that your hair loss is DHT-related, make sure to start treatment as soon as possible. It is much easier to prevent and reverse androgenic alopecia in the earlier stages of the condition’s development.
Although this type of hair loss can be stubborn, it is treatable in most cases.
One of the best treatment methods for androgenic alopecia is using hair products that contain natural DHT-blocking ingredients. Ingredients like caffeine, stinging nettle, niacinamide, pumpkin seed extract, and more can all inhibit your body’s conversion of testosterone into DHT, which can help to get your hair’s natural growth cycle back to normal.
If you are dealing with androgenic alopecia, we highly recommend including GroMD products in your daily routine.
Our hair loss shampoo, conditioner, and follicle activator spray are formulated with our signature blend of DHT blockers, as well as nourishing, hydrating ingredients to help keep your hair feeling and looking amazing.
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Dr. Amir Yazdan, MD, is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, expert guest on Dr. Phil and The Doctors, creator of the GroMD hair restoration product line, ISHRS member, accredited member of the IAHRS and a visceral advocate for patient care. Learn more about Dr. Yazdan or read rave reviews from his patients.