At The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research, we believe that every patient, and every case of hair loss, is unique and requires individualized attention. For example, over the past several years, we have noticed that an increasing number of patients are extremely health conscious. They are wary about exposing their bodies to artificial chemicals, medications, or surgery, and ask if there might be any natural methods to control or reverse their hair loss. While there are old folk remedies that some swear by, and “miracle” hair tonics that make extravagant promises, in our experience the majority of these achieve inconsistent results at best, and usually do nothing to help re-grow thinning hair. However, in the more than forty years that our experts have been treating hair loss, we have discovered a few natural ways to help keep your hair looking thick and healthy.
Proper Nutrition for Healthy Hair
The food that you put into your body can have an enormous impact on hair growth. For example, not getting sufficient protein can lead to hair loss, so make sure you get enough in the form of lean meat (chicken, fish, or pork) or quinoa, soy, whole grains, or beans. Both iron, which helps cells carry oxygen vital to the hair follicles, and omega-3 fatty acids, which make up the natural oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated, are essential for healthy hair growth. Finally, biotin and folic acid, vitamins B12, D, and E, and trace amounts of minerals like selenium, copper, and magnesium are also necessary to help keep your hair healthy. Dr. Edmond Griffin or Dr. Ashley Curtis can recommend specific vitamins and nutritional supplements that can help keep your hair looking its best.
Preventing Hair Loss
Sometimes maintaining the hair you have just means not doing anything that could damage it. Many styling devices, like high-heat curling irons, flat irons, or hair dryers, can dry out the hair, leading to breakage and split ends that can make the hair appear thinner and make any hair loss more obvious. Moreover, binding hairstyles that place extreme tension on the hair follicles, like complex braids, pony tails, man-buns, and sewn-in hair pieces, may cause a condition called traction alopecia, which could cause permanent damage to the individual follicles and thin the frontal hair line. While these styling practices are fine in moderation, excessive or long-term use can adversely affect the thickness and fullness of your hair.
Encouraging Hair Growth
Finally, some of the most advanced treatment options that we offer at The Griffin Center have been very successful in restoring hair growth without the need for hair transplantation surgery or prescription medications. Red light laser therapy exposes the scalp to a specific frequency of focused, red-spectrum light, no more unnatural than the light of the sun. This inhibits inflammation and increases metabolic activity within the hair follicles. Platelet rich plasma, made from a concentrated solution derived from the patient’s own blood, is a completely natural way to stimulate the body’s own natural healing process and encourage hair growth.
At The Griffin Center, we know that the best way to achieve exceptional hair restoration results is first to properly diagnose the type of hair loss, and then determine exactly what each individual patient needs, and finally custom formulate a personalized treatment plan to meet those specific requirements. 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 and Research 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.