"Thick hair has naturally been associated with youthfulness and masculinity," says Albert Mannes, Ph.D., a University of Pennsylvania researcher who's studied perceptions of balding. "Hair loss signals aging." As much of two thirds of men and women in the USA suffer from hair thinning and although it's normal to lose around 100 hairs a day, there are certain things we can all do to reduce hair fall and keep our locks luscious.
Visit your GP
Don't accept thinning hair as a natural part of ageing. Your doctor can often diagnose the cause of your balding by sight alone and can recommend a prescription treatment. Hair thinning that spreads may be symptomatic of an underlying health issue. "Hormonal or nutritional deficiencies, such as thyroid problems, low iron, or low protein, can cause shedding," says Carolyn Jacob, M.D., the founder of Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology. Don't suffer in silence guys!
Avoid miracle cures
Jackie McKillop, Alopecia UK spokesperson has a stark warning: don't be taken in by claims for wonder products. There are no cures for female hair loss.
"There are lots of snakeoil products out there. Usually the greater the claim, the greater the letdown," so
head over to the products recommended in the British Association of Dermatologist clinical guidelines (PDF, 85kb).
Ditch your old shampoo
Look out for shampoos which include Ketoconazole, as an ingredient. This antifungal is used to banish dandruff, but it has also been found by Scientists at the University of British Columbia. to reduce production of testosterone (and therefore DHT) in hair follicles. A Belgian study has actually found that balding men who used a 1 percent ketoconazole shampoo two or three times a week for six months saw a 17 percent reduction in hair shedding. Woop!
Healthy, Balanced diet: Male-pattern baldness is an inherited sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone (DHT, a by-product of testosterone). This hormone leads to finer hair, a receding hairline, and eventual baldness. Oily, fatty and fried foods have been found by researchers in India to speed up the production of dihydrotestosterone. Sugary puddings and desserts can also flood the body with insulin flood which trigger the release of testosterone, making it available for conversion to DHT. Eating at least five fruit or vegetables a day will not only promote healthier hair and skin, but will give your immune system a fabulous boost.
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