How To Prevent Balding

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5 steps towards not going completely bald

GQ – Every guy wants to know how to prevent hair loss.

Or, every guy wants to cling to the idea that it might be possible—even if he isn’t particularly worried about losing his hair. It’s reassuring to know that there’s some recourse out there if it ever gets bad up there.

But while there are a lot of gimmicky devices and procedures and supplements out there—each of them promising to be the revolution—there are really only a few things that actually work.

1. Seek help as soon as you notice a change

Dr. Michele Green, one of NYC’s most in-demand dermatologists, says that if you want to fight hair loss, you need to visit your board-certified dermatologist at the first sign of thinning or shedding.

“Getting treatment for hair loss in its early stages can help minimize overall hair loss and increase the odds of a treatment’s efficacy,” she says. “Hair loss can seem overwhelming which is why it is necessary to consult with a dermatologist who will assess your condition and explain all of your treatment options.”

2. Supplement your diet with more than just biotin

There are numerous vitamins you can take that help hair grow faster and stronger; biotin is always mentioned in this vein. In general, however, a nutrient-rich and health-conscious diet will cover many of those same bases. Instead, consider more targeted, specialized supplements: Dr. Green recommends Viviscal and Nutrafol in particular.

“Viviscal promotes hair growth by providing nutrients your hair needs to grow such as B complex, and zinc among other nutrients which promotes thicker, stronger and longer hair. Nutrafol is an amazing vitamin formulated with marine collagen, saw palmetto, and ashwagandha,” she adds.

“Marine collagen is enriched with B vitamins, which promote hair growth, saw palmetto prevents testosterone from being converted to DHT, and ashwagandha reduces inflammation.”

3. Minimize stress

Stress is one of the biggest culprits behind hair loss: “Stress can cause the hair to stop growing and cause excessive shedding,” says Green. “It can also cause an autoimmune response where the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles resulting in hair loss.” Read more. 

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