Male pattern baldness is a phenomenon that affects men globally. In 2023, Egypt ranks 14th in the world in the highest percentages of baldness by country. Despite being one of the most common, incurable conditions a man can experience in his life, not many Egyptians are aware of the lifestyle changes that can help slow down male pattern baldness. With the launch of our very own Hair Addict line for men, we’ve compiled some of the most useful tips to avoid hair loss.
What Causes Hair Loss in Men
(And What We Can Do About It)
Male-patterned baldness is hereditary! Now that you know that, you can catch it early! Baldness is most typically associated with the AR gene, which is found on the X chromosome. This suggests that the baldness gene comes from the mother! However, this isn’t entirely the case because baldness is polygenic, meaning it comes from more than one gene. In fact, a 2017 review cited by Healthline suggests that 63 genes may be responsible for baldness but only 6 of them are found on the X chromosome.
What we mean to say is if it runs in the family, prevention is a better alternative to correction. It’s never too early to have thick, luscious hair!
Stay Away From Toxins
Toxins like cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs can all contribute to causing hair loss. Smoking is very common amongst Egyptian men. What many people don’t know is that habits like smoking can seriously contribute to hair loss. Other damaging habits, like a lack of sleep and not meeting your daily nutritional requirements can have the same unwanted effect.
According to Forbes, significant emotional stress has been cited to disrupt regular cycling of hair follicles, therefore, leading to hair loss. Although this kind of hair loss is temporary, it can be detrimental to our self-esteem and increase our stress. So, what should we do? Tackle it at the root with some good habits!
Lifestyle Changes for Preventing Hair Loss
As we mentioned right above this header, stress is a major culprit of increasing hair loss. So, we suggest decreasing your stress with some mindfulness practices. Meditation has been scientifically proven to change our brains and our bodies!. Mindfulness practices such as meditation and yoga have been around for thousands of years and are noted in hundreds of studies to be effective in reducing stress, anxiety, as well as depression (American Pscyhological Association).
Start small and take a minute a day to close your eyes and focus on your breathing. If you find it helpful, add more time to your meditation then watch your stress decrease and your hair stay on your head!
Exercise is so good for our body and mind! The endorphins you release in your body while exercising make you happy, relaxed, and reduce that stress we were just talking about. Exercise can also help grow your hair because it increases blood flow and circulation in your body. So, let’s hit the gym or do some sit ups at home!
Protein! Protein! Protein! But also a balanced diet. But protein! Hair is made of keratin, a form of protein so prioritizing protein in your diet makes your hair more likely to grow. Eating foods with iron and zinc can also increase hair growth. Otherwise, keep your diet balanced and nutritious with a side of vitamins like vitamin B and vitamin B7 (Forbes Health). According to Forbes Health, other vitamins like vitamin C, D, and A are also great supplements to explore for hair growth! Before adding vitamin supplements to your diet, consult your doctor first.
The Hair Addict Hacks: Everyday Tips to Avoid Hair Loss in Men
- Don’t shampoo your hair every day, instead, use a gentle shampoo 2-3 times a week maximum
- Don’t forget to use conditioner
- Be gentle when drying and brushing your hair
- Stay away from your scalp when applying products
- Don’t brush your hair when it’s dry to avoid breakage
- Massage your scalp with your hands or a grow brush to increase blood flow and stimulate hair growth