Nothing erodes a man’s confidence quicker than a receding hairline. Galaxy research found 54 per cent of Australians over 18 have experienced some form of hair loss.
1\ Seek Help From Science
In the words of Matt Damon’s character Mark Watney in The Martian your best bet to treat hair loss may be to “science the shit” out of the problem.
While there haven’t been any new clinically validated topical hair loss treatments in the nearly 30 years since Minoxidil-based products first appeared on the market, a new breakthrough means hope is now at hand.
Columbia University scientists recently validated the protein FGF5 as the key regulator of the hair growth cycle. That’s crucial because FGF5 problems are the root cause of most hair loss cases. Products that block FGF5 fix imbalances in the hair cycle, putting the brakes on retreating follicles. As part of a holistic approach to your hair health, effectively targeting FGF5 could be the final piece in the puzzle to achieving thicker, more robust hair.
2\ Eating Isn’t Cheating
You are what you eat and that extends to your hair. A study from Finland found men with high blood pressure, insulin resistance and obesity were more likely to be bald. The biggest factor for developing a resistance to insulin is a diet high in sugar. Clamp down on the sweet stuff and prioritise foods containing complex B vitamin biotin, found in eggs, nuts and salmon, which can help strengthen hair and nails. Also try adding zinc-rich foods like beef and spinach to your nutritional arsenal. Columbia University Health Services found the mineral can add some steel to your strands.
3\ Trim Your Stress
Stress often manifests physically, with repercussions that can include hair loss. The reason? Stress floods your body with the hormone cortisol, which sends other hormones into flux. If you’re predisposed to balding, a high-stress lifestyle can speed up the process. To neutralise stress, 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 per cent less cortisol throughout the day than unfit men do.
4\ Handle With Care
Add some finesse to your grooming game. If your hair’s thinning you need to nourish it with a little love and a lot of tenderness. Post-shower, rather than ripping at your roots like you’re trying to buff your car to a high shine, pat it dry gently. Want to add a stylish finish? Try a volumizing hair product to give the appearance of greater density.