Diagnosing and treating hair loss can be complicated, and between the many different underlying causes and the wide array of treatment options it can sometimes be difficult for a patient to know where to begin. Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis at The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research can certainly help walk you through this difficult process, but many patients have also asked us whether there was more that they could do personally to help address the problem. Here are some helpful tips that can help you keep your hair looking thick and full for as long as possible and to keep your own hair loss to a minimum.
Healthy hair starts at the root, and so what you put into your body can have an even greater effect on hair growth than what you put on your scalp. Because hair is composed mostly of protein, getting proper nutrition for your hair in the form of lean meat (chicken, fish, or pork) or quinoa, soy, whole grains, and beans is essential. Even the rapid loss of as little as fifteen pounds can be enough to trigger widespread hair loss. Iron is also required for the production of hair, and helps cells carry oxygen vital to the hair follicles, while omega-3 fatty acids (which are found in salmon or walnuts) make up the natural oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated. Finally, biotin and folic acid, small amounts of vitamins D and E, and trace minerals like selenium, copper, and magnesium are also necessary to help keep your hair healthy. However, it is important not to take in too much of any one vitamin or mineral, as this can also adversely affect your hair growth. The specialists at The Griffin Center can recommend nutritional shakes and supplements that will help keep your hair looking its best.
Avoid Damaging Hair Care Practices
Many of the most common hair care practices are potentially damaging and can exacerbate hair loss. For example, when excessive heat is applied to the hair in the form of curling irons, flat irons, and hair dryers it can cause dryness, breakage, and split ends, all of which make the hair appear thinner and make any loss that has occurred more apparent. More significantly, tight hairstyles that place constant tension on the hair follicles, like complex braids, pony tails, man-buns, and sewn-in hair pieces, can result in a condition called traction alopecia, which can potentially cause permanent damage to the individual follicles and thinning of the hair along the frontal hair line. Certain shampoos, conditioners, and chemical treatments can damage the hair as well, so talk with our hair restoration experts to find out what specific products are the safest for your particular needs.
Follow a Hair Maintenance Plan
Hair loss is a progressive condition, and once it has begun only diligent effort can keep it from getting worse. That is why the hair restoration experts at The Griffin Center work closely with each patient to diagnose the causes of their hair loss so that we can formulate a customized combination of hair maintenance treatments that will best meet their individual needs. At a minimum, such a treatment plan usually includes the hair loss medications minoxidil (in the form of topically applied Rogaine®) and/or finasteride (in the form of an oral dose of Propecia® or Proscar®.) While these can both be used independently, we have found that they complement one another very effectively and consistently get results together that neither would be able to achieve alone. This is why we formulate customized topical prescription compounds for many of our hair loss patients on site. Other non-surgical hair restoration treatments, like platelet rich plasma or red light laser therapies, can also be used to further enhance results or to treat those who are unable to tolerate one or both of these medications for any reason. Regardless of the specific approach, the key is consistency. Failure to take the necessary medication or keep up with treatments consistently can significantly impair the process and leave you with less than optimal results.
The hair restoration specialists at The Griffin Center have been effectively treating hair loss in men and women since 1976, and in that time we have amassed a great deal of skill and experience in all forms of hair restoration. If you or someone you love is experiencing hair loss and would like to learn more about what we can do for you, please contact The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration to schedule a consultation. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to get the latest news in hair restoration and research.