In order to understand how to prevent hair loss in the future, it’s important to know what causes hair loss. Hair loss can be caused by different factors however if a person notices that their hair is falling out gradually, over time, it is probably due to “hereditary hair loss” which is the most common cause of baldness. Hereditary hair loss is passed down from genes from both your mother and father. Other causes of hair loss can include certain medicines, an illness, poor diet, certain hair products or hairstyles, and stress. These factors usually cause sudden hair loss though.
The American Academy of Dermatologists (AAD) suggests that you see a dermatologist (skin, hair and nail specialist) at the first sign of hair thinning so that the doctor can figure out what the cause might be. Treatment will depend on the cause but may simply include making improvements to your diet. Sometimes hair loss needs no treatment as hair can sometimes grow back by itself.
Some tips that may help to lower your risk of hair loss:
- Eat a healthy diet rich in protein and iron
- Avoid taking Vitamin A supplements unless prescribed by your health care provider
- Manage a healthy weight for your height and body frame
- Manage and/or reduce stress in your life
- Make an appointment with your health care provider at the first sign of hair thinning
- Tell your health care provider what medicines and supplements (if applicable) you take and how much/frequently you take them.
There is no magic bullet or treatment to stop hereditary hair loss despite the ads that you may see on TV or online. These products are usually expensive and not effective.