With the majority of the population spending most of their time indoors over the forthcoming weeks – if not, months (due to social distancing or self-isolating), we wanted to take the opportunity to give you guys the tips and tricks to reduce the rate of hair loss from the comfort of your home.
The good news is, there are minimal products required and the steps are extremely easy to follow once you understand the difference they can make.
Massage the scalp
Whether you choose to do this yourself or rope your partner in (after all, you’re probably going to be spending a lot more time together), scalp messages can help to increase blood circulation which in turn promotes hair growth. It’s also been known to improve the density of hair, so give it a go for a fuller and thicker barnet.
Maintain a healthy diet
Thankfully, one of the items that most shops aren’t witnessing a shortage of is vegetables, which can be hugely beneficial for several health reasons. Studies have suggested that a Mediterranean diet, e.g. one that contains plenty of raw vegetables and fresh herbs, could help slow the rate of hair loss.
Opt for a luke-warm shower
A lot of research has suggested that hot showers play a role in the weakening of follicles as they tend to strip the hair of protective essential oils over time. Just to be safe, we recommend turning the temperature dial down (there’s no need to go to the extreme and opt for an ice shower though).
This one might be a bit of a no-brainer, but smoking not only damages your internal health, it also tends to reduce the blood flow to your scalp, which can reduce hair growth. There’s never been a better time to go cold turkey than during an isolation period when supplies are limited.
Get your vitamins
To retain hair and promote hair growth through increased cell turnover, orally consuming specific vitamins is vital; these include (but are not limited to) Vitamins A, B, C, D, Zinc, Iron and Selenium. All can be found in specific food groups, but if you’re struggling to get the balance, try introducing supplements to your diet.
Doctors rave about drinking plenty of water for various reasons… and your hair is not excluded from the list of bodily functions that benefit from doing so. The shaft of your hair loses about ¼ of its moisture a day, so it’s recommended that you consume between 4-8 cups of water a day to help replenish this and keep the hair growth cycle flowing. And no, caffeinated drinks which technically include water do not count, we’re talking hardcore H2O.
Perhaps you’ve cancelled your gym membership with all the uncertainty, but that doesn’t give you an excuse to banish your fitness regime. Staying active ensures that hormone levels are balanced… and hormones are one of the biggest contributing factors to Male Pattern Baldness. Rather than sitting on the sofa in your at-home lunch break, opt for a jog or 10 minutes of indoor exercise instead.
Be gentle with your hair
Don’t scrape it back into a man bun and avoid rubbing it vigorously post-hair wash at all costs, as this can weaken the hair follicles when regularly repeated.
We know, it’s a little ironic that we’re telling you to keep stress levels to a minimum when it feels like the world is falling apart around you, but high levels of stress can often induce hair loss conditions, so doing so is vital for both your mental and physical health.
We recommend stepping back from the situation which is making you stressed and identifying what you can and can’t change to alleviate said stress. If you can’t change the situation, try to refocus your mind on something more positive – practise deep breathing and take up a new exercise as this can release endorphins (see point 7).