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What your hair loss could be telling you

Posted on 09 April 2019

What your hair loss could be telling you

There are some things that no man ever wants to talk about; hair loss tends to be one of them. Given the veil of silence surrounding the subject, it can be hard to know who to turn to for advice if you start to experience symptoms of thinning or falling hair. It can also be easy to forget that you are not alone. While most men are affected by male pattern hair loss, at least to some degree, as they grow older, many others see more noticeable changes in the condition of their hair far earlier in life. The good news is there are many men who’ve already gone through it, meaning there are many men who can show you how to handle it, with style. At the end of the day, even celebrities such as Jude Law, Bradley Cooper and Matt Damon have experienced changes to the look of their million-dollar manes.

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When it comes to combating the signs of hair loss, it’s important to remember that there is no singular cause. Your hair could be alerting you to a wide range of underlying issues that have nothing to do with your actual hair at all. And while you may be ready to embrace your baldness like a boss—because if Vin Diesel can rock the look, there’s no reason why you can’t too—others aren’t quite ready to let go of their luscious locks. That’s why we decided to research the main—non-ageing or genetics-related—causes of hair loss, to help you better understand why it might be happening to you, and how to slow it down or make it stop.

3 common causes of hair loss in younger men

Depression

While there are many symptoms of depression, one of the lesser-known (or talked about) is hair loss. It may not seem obvious at first, but depression can have an impact on the quality of your hair, leading to excessive dryness and breakage. It’s been said that low mood, low self-esteem and feeling drained can all play an adverse role in reducing the hair growth phase, in turn leading to unwanted hair loss.

Anxiety

While it’s rare to experience hair loss as a direct result of this mental health concern, some more severe cases of anxiety may have a negative impact on your physicality. According to the Harley Street Hair Clinic in London, the long term and persistent stress caused by this condition can affect the growth phase of your hair.

Medications

According to Healthline, hair loss is a common side effect of many medications. The good news is that most of the time, these drugs only cause temporary hair loss that goes away once you’ve adjusted to or stopped taking the medicine. These medications damage the hair follicles themselves, disrupting growth at different stages. Some of the types of medications that cause hair loss include, but are not limited to: acne medications, antibiotics, antifungals, immunosuppressants, antidepressants and mood stabilisers.

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How to combat premature hair loss

While hereditary, age-related hair loss is difficult to reverse, hair loss experienced due to depression, anxiety and stress can be dramatically reduced by making adjustments to your lifestyle. Your body is an incredibly smart machine, designed to let you know when something is not quite right. Hair loss may affect your physical appearance, but the root cause often lies in the emotional body. If you want to return your hair to its former glory, it’s wise to tackle the problem as holistically as you can. Since hair is in a constant cycle of growth, rest, and renewal, it’s all about creating the optimal environment for your hair to do its thing. While there are many ways to improve your emotional and physical health, the following are some great options for young men wanting to regrow their thinning hair.

Supercharge your nutrition

Don’t think it matters what you put in your body while you’re young? Think again. A diet deficient in key nutrients is essentially a short cut to weakening hair strands, making them more prone to breakage, no matter what your age. Therefore, it’s important to eat plenty of protein-rich foods and healthy fats to encourage healthy locks. In an interview with Men’s Journal, Denise Kernan, owner of DK Hair Techs, Inc. also said that skimping on B vitamins, in particular, can interfere with the formation of hair cells and, therefore, hair growth. In Kernan’s professional opinion the best sources of B vitamins are protein-packed foods like chicken, fish, eggs, and pork, as well as leafy greens such as spinach.

 

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Schedule quality time to properly relax

This doesn’t mean checking your work emails while at Sunday brunch. This means switching off—literally and metaphorically—completely. While scheduling daily workouts if important to condition your body, daily downtime is equally important to calm your mind. The latter may not seem as beneficial or important as weights or cardio, but in the long run, relaxation has just as much of an impact on your physical health. If you let it get the best of you stress can not only lead to hair loss, it can also lead to sickness, too. So do yourself a favour and make leisure a prime priority in your life, your body will thank you, and your hair definitely will too.

Explore your options with an expert

If changes to your diet and lifestyle do little to improve the condition of your hair, it may be time to consult an expert. Many specialised clinics can now be found in all states of Australia, offering professional advice on treatments such as laser light therapy and hair transplants. For men who are serious about regrowing their hair, the latter option has become increasingly popular, with many travelling to Istanbul in Turkey, a region that is now renowned for its increasingly popular anti-hair loss treatment—it’s home to over 300 clinics specialising in hair transplants alone. This method, in particular, is carried out by experienced surgeons who use advanced technology to implant hair strands into the patient’s scalp. It might sound extreme, but for those who have explored all other options with little to no success, there is definitely huge appeal, as the treatment continues to grow in popularity.

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If you’re experiencing hair loss and feel it’s a little before your time, remember that you are not alone. Men might not talk about, but it happens, and it’s more common than you think. But by simply improving your diet and lifestyle a lot of the damage can definitely be repaired. Because while we all may love Bruce Willis, not all men are ready to go bald without putting up a fight.

If you feel your hair loss may be due to stress and you need someone to talk to, Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

For more information head to www.beyondblue.org.au

 

 

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