While most men will experience hair loss by 50, this does not make it less distressing when hair loss occurs. While hair loss can be temporary or permanent, it is most important to identify either type early so you can opt for the correct treatment and seek a hair loss specialist if needed. To help you find the right information about hair loss, below we will outline some of the most common causes and treatments that can reduce its prevalence.
The Main Causes Of Men’s Hair Loss
Male Pattern Baldness is the most common type of hair loss that typically affects men over 50. This type of hair loss can be caused by genetics and hormonal changes, which can lead to specific hair follicles becoming smaller and shorter in length over time. Then, these follicles slowly disappear and stop producing hair. This process usually results in hair loss from the top of your head and a receding hairline in the front. Apart from genetics and hormones, other causes of men’s hair loss include:
- Side effects from medication that treats conditions like arthritis, cancer, or high blood pressure
- Not getting enough nutrients from your diet
- Medical conditions like thyroid disease or scalp issues like dandruff or dermatitis
- Low levels of vitamin D
Our Top Six Ways To Treat Men’s Hair Loss
Use The Right Shampoo
If you start experiencing hair loss coupled with a dry or flaky scalp, use a shampoo that can tackle these conditions and reduce hair loss. Our gentle Hydrating Shampoo with Manuka Honey is ideal as it is sulphate-free and contains ingredients that can treat dry scalps and regrow thinning afro hair. Additionally, when used at least once a week, it can cleanse your scalp without stripping it of all its essential moisture.
Condition Your Afro Curls Even When You Don’t Wash It
When hair loss begins, it causes the natural oils on your scalp to decline. So, the worst thing you can do is not to moisturise your afro hair at least twice a week. While you might shampoo your afro curls once a week, you can condition them more than once using our Moisture Rich Conditioner With Manuka Honey And Avocado to seal the moisture in for longer.
Our water-based products will penetrate your scalp but will not weigh your curly hair down. In addition, when you use a small amount of our Leave-In Conditioner With Manuka Honey And Avocado Oil daily, it can keep your afro hair hydrated for longer as it can help nourish your scalp.
Massage Your Scalp With A Pre-Poo Mixture
Increase the growth and thickness of your curls by massaging your scalp at least once or twice a week. A scalp massage can help stimulate blood vessels beneath your skin which can help stimulate hair growth. For best results, opt for a scalp massage with a pre-poo mixture before shampooing or beginning a co-wash.
To make this process easier, use our Curling Creme With Coconut & Jamaican Black Castor Oils on your scalp using your fingertips. Apply a light to medium pressure when massaging your scalp, moving your fingertips in small circles across your scalp for at least 5 minutes. Then, leave this mixture on your curls for at least an hour before rinsing it off thoroughly.
Style Your Afro Hair Using Natural, Moisturising Ingredients
As your natural hair starts to fall, change your styling routine to focus on lightweight, volumizing products which can provide your afro curls with a natural hold and shine. For instance, our water-based Curl Elongating Gel With Flaxseed Oil & Rosewater can plump up and stretch your natural curls to give them more definition and volume without needing a heavier styling cream or wax.
Ingredients like Flaxseed oil are also helpful in reducing hair loss as it contains vitamin E and provides relief from scalp conditions like dandruff. Rosewater also aids scalp issues and incorporates shine and softness for your natural hair.
Eat A Balanced Diet That Includes Vitamin D
As vitamin D can help stimulate new hair growth, you should consume enough foods that contain this nutrient. So, as part of a balanced diet, you should eat fatty fish like salmon and mackerel. Salmon also contains protein that can contribute to stronger hair and is less susceptible to hair loss.
Vegetables like spinach and kale can also offer beneficial nutrients for your afro curls as they contain iron, folate, magnesium, and vitamin C, which help protect the cell membranes of your hair follicles. Lastly, you should also incorporate flaxseeds in your diet as these contain polyunsaturated fatty acids, which can keep your scalp hydrated and prevent dryness.
Consult A Specialist Before Opting For Medication
If you want to move on from natural treatments to medication for hair loss, seek the advice of a dermatologist or a trichologist before embarking on a drug-based hair loss prevention programme. For instance, a dermatologist could advise you whether your afro hair loss issues are related to a more significant problem before recommending your next course of action. Furthermore, they could advise on how often you need to use any medication as it might depend on your hair loss circumstances.
Do not panic when you start experiencing hair loss. Remember that this condition can be a natural part of getting older and is something most men experience. While there is no cure for hair loss, this article can provide strategies to continue having confidence in your natural hair as it changes over time.