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Holding Off Hair Loss: Tips and Tricks to Prevent Male Pattern Hair Loss

Studies show that extensive hair loss affects around 42% of the male population, and the risk increases by age, starting as early as 18 years old. As common as it is, there is a stigma surrounding male hair loss to the extent that it can have a significant psychological effect on men.

According to one hair transplant surgeon, men tend to associate their hair with virility and attractiveness, which is why male pattern hair loss (also known as androgenetic alopecia) has such an impact on them. Luckily, there are many ways you can prevent, or at least delay, hair pattern hair loss and stay confident.

Avoid the Bun

Man buns have become a trend, but did you know that this hairstyle can increase your risk of hair loss? According to cosmetologists, man buns and other similar hairstyles that exerts tension on your hair and scalp can result in traction alopecia — constant pulling and having your hair under tension can damage your hair follicles. So, try to avoid these types of hairstyles, or tie your hair loosely or sparingly.

Keep Your Stress Levels in Check

You’ve probably seen those stock images of office workers pulling on their hair out of stress, but that isn’t what this is about. Apart from the hundreds of mental and physical health complications, chronic and high levels of stress can lead to telogen effluvium and alopecia areata. The former is a condition wherein your hair is literally being pushed out of your head, while the latter is a more complicated condition where your own immune system starts attacking your hair follicles which results in hair loss. Try to find ways to manage your stress, learn and do breathing techniques in between tasks when work gets too hectic, or start being more physically active through daily exercise.

Stop Smoking, Limit Drinking

As if you need more reasons to stop smoking (and avoid second-hand smoke), smoking can be a contributing factor to hair loss. We all know that smoking can affect one’s blood flow, which leads to a myriad of other complications, but this also means that it limits blood flow to hair follicles that can lead to hair loss. Drinking too much alcohol, on the other hand, can cause hair loss through dehydration.

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Wash Regularly But Don’t Shampoo Daily

You read that right. While it’s important to rinse your hair each day (and use conditioner), it’s actually not advisable for you to use shampoo every day. In fact, shampooing too often can do more harm than good. Shampoos can remove dirt and excess oil from your hair, but it also removes natural oils from your scalp, which can lead to dry hair and hair loss. Experts suggest using shampoo two to three times a week, and then a conditioner each day to remove the dirt and grime and keep hair healthy.

Visit an Expert

As mentioned, male hair loss could start as early as 18 years old. If you already are suffering from it and you wish to further prevent the damage it does, you can check with a dermatologist to know its underlying issues. While you’re at it, drop by your local aesthetic clinic in Orchard Road to check for male hair loss treatment options. Wearing a wig is not your only solution.

There’s no question that male hair loss can make you feel self-conscious, or even unattractive, so make sure that you follow these tips to prevent (or remedy) male hair loss so you can keep feeling and looking great.