We found five methods to prevent hair loss that don’t involve surgery or keeping your medicine cabinets stocked with Rogaine.
Once you realize you’re balding, you have a two options — wear a hat at all times, or launch a counter assault in hopes of keeping any more hair from jumping ship. Preventative methods might include spending a small fortune on hair-restoration surgery, keeping your medicine cabinets stocked with Rogaine, or using these cheaper, lower-impact techniques that we picked up from a panel of experts.
Unless you have too much money or don’t mind slathering chemicals on your head for the rest of your life, we’re pretty sure we know which of those three options you’ll find most appealing.
Stress can induce hair loss. But according to Dr. Daniel Hall-Flavin of the Mayo Clinic, stress-related hair loss can be reversible. You just have to find ways to relax, mon. Take a walk, go for a run, hit the gym, practice yoga — do something that isn’t work-related or frustrating
DON’T OVERDO IT WITH PRODUCTS
If you’re starting to thin out up top, knock it off with the gel, paste, and wax. And then visit a doctor that can accurately diagnose any hair or scalp issues that might be brewing. “Most hair product contains chemicals that block pores in your scalp and add stress to hair strands, causing them to break,” explains Erika Chloe, a fashion and grooming consultant for My Image Expert.
GO EASY ON YOUR SCALP
Celebrity hair stylist Thom Priano from NYC’s Garren Agency suggests these three tips:
• Avoid excessive scrubbing and gently massage your scalp with a mild volumizing shampoo. Then cap it off with with a light conditioner.
• Opt for a wide-tooth comb or plastic brush with rounded tips instead of a brush with bristle; they’re gentler on your scalp.
• Let your hair air-dry instead of blow-drying it.
And when you’re ready to style it, try mixing it up. “Teaching hair to go in a different direction gives the scalp a break from repeated damage, and allows new hair to grow more easily,” says Erika Chloe.
Ditching greasy, deep-fried foods for healthier meals can do more than reduce stress, slow signs of aging, and keep your gut in check — it can help what’s left of your hair appear healthier and fuller. “Fish oil, proteins, and whole grains are great ways to keep hair strong,” says Chloe.
Ashley Hanna at NYC’s Mizu Salon recommends daily doses of Vitamin E and Biotin to boost circulation and reverse premature graying and hair loss. But don’t overdo it on the Vitamin A; that can lead to sudden hair loss and some other physiological nastiness.
We don’t mean you should stalk David Blaine and ask him to go all abracadabra on your scalp. Using Yoshi’s Magic Water ($14) and Conc Magic Treatment ($20) can restore and repair dry, damaged hair.
Before conditioning, rub in some Conc Magic Treatment, which adds nutrients and alkaline amino acids to seal cuticles and repair hair. After your hair is washed, spray on some Magic Water. The formula utilizes sage leaf and rosemary extracts to hydrate hair, remove odor, and clean hair follicles while neutralizing pH levels.
We know what you’re thinking: How do just two products do so much to prevent hair loss? Easy. Magic, duh. Okay, it’s not. The duo helps keeps your scalp and hair healthy. And healthy hair won’t abandon you as quickly.