Are you looking for simple, practical ways to get your hair looking fuller, thicker and healthier?
Dealing with thinning hair is no walk in the park, and neither is scouring the internet for tips and tricks to help reduce hair loss. When you start to notice hair loss, your first response might be to start scrambling to find hats to cover up your head or reach for the clippers and razor to start sporting the shaved look.
Fortunately, there’s a better way to go.
If you are dealing with hair loss, you don’t have to give up on the possibility of having a full head of hair again, nor do you need to spend the rest of your days endlessly scrolling on the internet looking for quick fixes for thinning hair. To save you the trouble and stress, we’ve compiled this list of a few simple, practical ways to get your hair looking fuller, thicker and healthier.
Tip Number One: Boost Your Antioxidant Intake
Antioxidants play a key role in your body’s ability to function, as well as its power to resist the age-inducing effects of oxidative stress. As you get older, increased production of molecules called free radicals in your body can cause your hair, skin and nails to start getting weaker and to begin showing signs of age.
Free radicals have an especially noticeable impact on your body when you do not have enough antioxidants in your system to work against these free radicals, which can damage your healthy cells and slow down their production of the proteins that keep your hair, skin, and nails strong and healthy.
Boosting your intake of antioxidants is a simple, practical way to improve your hair’s ability to grow as it should. An insufficient amount of antioxidants in your body can cause your hair to weaken and can even speed up the process of your hair going gray and thinning out.
To work against the negative effects of oxidative stress on your hair, you can add antioxidants to your diet, take them as supplements, and even include them in your hair care routine.
To include more antioxidants in your diet, the simplest starting point comes in the form of focusing on eating as many whole foods as possible. Pre-packaged, processed foods typically are not as nutrient-dense as unprocessed, whole foods, and eating packaged junk for the majority of your day-to-day meals sets your body up to be deficient in some key macronutrients (carbs, fat, and protein) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals, including antioxidants).
To help work against the negative effects of an antioxidant deficiency on your hair, include as many whole foods in your diet as you can. Your hair can especially benefit when you include enough of the antioxidant biotin in your diet. Biotin helps your hair produce keratin, a protein that keeps it strong and reduces breakage and split ends.
Tip Number Two: Use a Shampoo with DHT-Blocking Ingredients
One of the primary causes of hair loss, especially for men and women over the age of 50, is androgenic alopecia (AGA). AGA is more commonly known as male or female pattern baldness and affects millions of men and women, typically showing up in the second half of life.
Androgenic alopecia is primarily caused by heightening levels of production of a male sex hormone called dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. DHT is an androgen, a sex hormone found in higher quantities in the male body that plays a key role in some of the key physical differences between the body of a man and the body of a woman. At puberty, DHT levels increase in men, causing the physical changes that you, if you are male, experienced in your early teens. A deeper voice, the beginnings of a beard, and increased body hair are all byproducts of the increase in DHT that happens at puberty.
Later in life, DHT production in the male and female body can have a more negative effect. Increasing DHT levels in genetically-prone individuals have been shown to cause hair to grow shorter and thinner in certain parts of the head. This hair thinning in specific areas is why AGA is known as pattern hair loss – it is not the loss of all your hair, just the hair on certain parts of your head.
AGA looks different for men and women. For men, it usually manifests itself in the form of a receding hairline and a bald spot on top of the head. For women, the most visible thinning often shows up in the part between the two sections of the hair on your head. AGA can look different from person to person depending on gender, age and the patterns in which a person’s hair grows.
When you start noticing your hair thinning out, using a shampoo that contains DHT-blocking ingredients can be a huge help. Some key ingredients to look for are saw palmetto, pumpkin seed extract, korean red ginseng (Planoxia), yeast extract (Hairgenyl), Redensyl, and Capixyl.
All of these ingredients are included in groMD’s Hair Growth Shampoo & Conditioner, which makes the perfect centerpiece for any hair loss prevention regimen.
Tip Number Three: Stay Consistent With Your Hair Care Routine
Building up a good habit takes time. In addition, some of the most rewarding moments in life come after days, weeks, and even months of patience and process. Taking good care of your hair and seeing it grow faster and fuller is no exception to these rules. Hair care is a habit, and if you want to see great results from your efforts to reduce hair loss, consistency is key.
When you get started with a hair care routine, it may take a few weeks for you to notice results.
In addition, some products that are often extremely effective, such as minoxidil (Rogaine), can even cause some minor side effects while you are on the road to results. If a hair loss prevention treatment irritates your scalp or dries it out, as minoxidil does for some users of the treatment, it doesn’t mean you should give up on the treatment. Side effects like these can be dealt with by properly hydrating your hair with a high-quality shampoo and conditioner.
Speaking of shampoo and conditioner… make using yours a habit! Shampooing and conditioning your hair daily helps to keep your hair and scalp moisturized and gives it a chance to properly absorb growth promoting ingredients. If you are using groMD’s shampoo and conditioner, the best frequency to stick to is daily use.
Staying consistent with your hair care routine gives your hair and scalp a chance to adjust to any new ingredients that you have introduced. Patience can yield great results, and you don’t want to give up on a treatment in the early stages because you have not yet seen a noticeable improvement in the look and feel of your hair.
Good Hair Habits are Well Worth Making
If you are dealing with hair loss, don’t be discouraged – there is hope. GroMD exists to help you get back to a head of hair that you can feel great about.
With patience, consistency and the right combination of ingredients, you can make major progress and see your hair growing faster and fuller again. Knowing the root cause of your hair loss and being informed about which ingredients to include in your hair care routine makes a big difference in your ability to deal with thinning hair well – so stay informed and keep fighting the good fight!
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.