by Clint Grove
Last edited on 29th January 2021
10 steps you can take to prevent hair loss
As you get older you may start to experience hair loss, this can be an unsettling thing for both men and women. Perhaps even more unsettling is if you are young and it starts to happen.
After pregnancy, some women can experience hair loss and usually, it corrects itself after some time. But hair loss can also mean other underlying issues, perhaps like thyroid dysfunction, alopecia areata, scalp infections or stress. Hair loss can also happen if you style your hair too harshly like tight ponytails or cornrows
Today I have 4 categories and 10 steps you can look into preventing or slowing down hair loss
Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies and although we produce collagen naturally we still need to supplement as we get older. Collagen provides essential amino acids which can help in building new hair.
There are 8 essential amino acids (these are the type that your body cannot produce) in LIFESHOT COLLAGEN (use this link to buy yours now) and 10 other amino acids which your body will use to convert into building new compounds.
Proline amino acid is the main building block of keratin which is what your hair is made of, therefore if you eat collagen-rich foods or take a collagen supplement then you will be helping build new hair.
2. Vitamin D
We all know how important this vitamin is to our health, and it’s not surprising that for healthy hair, it’s also crucial. Nonscarring alopecia (significant hair loss) is associated with vitamin D deficiency, see this study for more information.
You can also consider a multivitamin. Even though I am not a fan of multi-vitamins supplements and I prefer to buy separate vitamin supplements so as to avoid over supplementing, see this article to find out more. Multi-Vitamins supplements that include A, B, C, D, iron, selenium, and zinc are important for hair growth and to prevent hair loss.
This vitamin is part of the Vitamin B family. Most people will get enough from their diet but improving your diet with biotin rich foods like organ meats, egg yolks, nuts, legumes, bananas, cauliflower and mushrooms may help to improve hair growth.
Even if the evidence is sparse you will definitely benefit in other ways from getting enough Biotin, either through food or through a supplement.
Diet: What you eat is important
4. More vegetables
A diet that has more vegetables in it will help you reduce your risk of androgenic alopecia.
Obviously, the many health benefits of a vegetable rich diet go beyond hair prevention. You will gain many beneficial vitamins and minerals from your diet which will add to your overall health.
The more metabolically fit you are the more you are in a state to help prevent hair loss
5. Protein, essential component of hair
Hair is made mostly of a protein called keratin. As you may know, amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. You can get yourself some high quality amino acids in my lifeshot collagen product. With 18 amino acids, you will be on your way to helping your hair.
Good choices of protein rich foods are eggs, nuts, beans, peas, chicken or other red meat. Please make sure you buy your meat from farms where the animals are pasture raised and not fed hormones or given other antibiotics.
6. Vitamin A
Foods that are high in vitamin A like fatty fish, berries, sweet potatoes, sweet peppers, liver and spinach will help in sebum production which has shown to increase the rate of hair growth
7. DHT blocking Shampoo
At the end of the day, what causes hair loss is hormone imbalance and mitochondrial dysfunction. Making sure that your mitochondria are working well is not only important for hair loss prevention but also for your overall health
I am not a proponent of medication like Finasteride, mainly because taking hormone medication messes with other hormones in your body.
Rather what you should try is DHT blocking shampoo. What is DHT? well, its Dihydrotestosterone which a result when your body converts testosterone. Try this shampoo and conditioner combo, I am just about to get my hands on it too.
Notable in the ingredients of good hair growth encouraging shampoos is the substance called Saw palmetto. It comes from pine trees, it’s a herb that helps maintain good levels of testosterone.
Good hair practices
8. Scalp care – massages and oil
Use coconut oil if you can stand the greasiness. Getting coconut oil on your head will do wonders for your scalp. Your scalp needs to be in top tip shape if you want your hairs to survive and thrive.
Along with coconut oil and olive oil which you can put directly on your hair, you should try and exfoliate your scalp. You can try this shampoo or just use your face exfoliator.
A head massage, with particular focus on the scalp, will provide a welcome blood supply rush to your hair follicles. Ask your partner if they wouldn’t mind giving you a massage, or you can do it yourself!
9. Meditation to de-stress
Stress is a major factor in hair loss. What better way to help stress management than by meditating. Take time every morning, anywhere from 5-15 minutes will be good to help zone out and ramp up your heart rate variability in order to deal with stress.
10. Mitochondrial health
If you would like to listen to my interview with Ian Tennant about mitochondrial health, it’s here. It is a huge topic and one well worth delving into. Mitochondria are affected by our external and internal environment.
Externally that could be toxins like bad air quality, mould in our houses and other things. Internally it’s your gut microbiome diversity, what you put in your mouth and directly on your skin. These all affect the health of our mitochondria.